At this material moment in our life’s history, we have a crisis at hand and that is the Climate Crisis. We must all put our hands together to fight the climate crisis: reduce emissions, become carbon neutral, develop a sustainable relationship with nature and the restore the biodiversity. Of all the big solutions preferred as ways of mitigating the climate crisis is the protection and restoration of our forests. It does not require extensive government policies, advanced technology is not required and the funding is minimal. What we need is the motivation and the will,
According to the National Geographic piece, Climate 101: Deforestation, “Forests still cover about 30 percent of the world’s land area, but they are disappearing at an alarming rate. Between 1990 and 2016, the world lost 502,000 square miles (1.3 million square kilometers) of forest, according to the World Bank—an area larger than South Africa. Since humans started cutting down forests, 46 percent of trees have been felled, according to a 2015 study in the journal Nature. About 17 percent of the Amazonian rainforest has been destroyed over the past 50 years, and losses recently have been on the rise.”
The forests extract and store CO2 from the atmosphere and produce the oxygen we breathe but these forests have been lost to wild fires, industrial use, logging, firewood for cooking and other indiscriminate use. The balance of the trees still standing are under threat, but we must arise and make the difference in our generation.
This webinar will also be fostering the Africa Branch of Climate Reality Project’s campaign tagged – #SinkOurCO2 with the presentation of the specialised slides to sensitise and encourage all to fight for our environment and our future.
This is why this summit has brought together practical climate activists in Africa who are actively involved in planting trees from Zambia, Nigeria, Uganda, to Burundi and Kenya.
Video Recording of the Webinar:
It will soon be made available.
Tree Planting and Climate Change Mitigation: Giving Back to the Earth
Date and Time:
Tuesday, 20th October 2020 | 18.00GMT
Victor Oluwapelumi – Web Consultant, FreeWeb4SDGs.com | Climate Reality Leader
Climate Reality Project
Asiimwe is an Ugandan practical climate activist popularly known for planting a tree for every of her Twitter followers. She is Miss Conservation Kigezi2019/20, Kidepo Valley National Park Conservation Award Winner 2018 and the Organiser of “Plant a Tree, Plant Hope” Campaign.
Mourine is a student of Makerere University in Ugandan and she is driving a campaign of planting 10million trees in Uganda. One of the strategies for achieving this is planting a tree for every Twitter follower thereby creating a “Twitter Followers Forest.” With this she intends to interconnect the media with environmental conservation through trees planting and spreading awareness worldwide about the importance of planting trees in climate change mitigation.
Emmanuel is Youth Climate and Peace Activist from a native of Bubanza Province, Burundi. He is the Founder of the Greening Burundi, which aims to plant millions of trees to reforest Burundi. He considers himself an eco-warrior and dedicates his work and energy to making our world a better place to live.
Emmanuel’s organisation, Greening Burundi is working in environmental field to save and restore the ecosystems by planting large number of trees in Burundi. Apart from tree planting activities, Greening Burundi is involved in environmental education via Green Thursdays program as well as Clubs Envir-education created in different schools in Burundi.
Omobola is a Nigerian forest-preneur, the founder of Urban Tree Revival Initiative and Gro & Gro Gardens. She holds a Master Degree in Forestry Economics and Management and was the Convener of the Lagos Climate Strike in 2019. Omobola is an Advocate for Indigenous Trees planting. Her organisation, Urban Tree Revival Initiative is into Tree Planting Advocacy, Climate Education and Awareness as well as Forest Ecosystem Restoration.
Omobola is a Climate Reality Leader trained by the former US-VP Al Gore.
Emanuel is a German/Zambian who has a career spanning 20 years as a Strategic Advisor covering Process, Product and People. Today he is serving as the CEO of Plant A Million Zambia, developing African solutions for African challenges after completing his sports career as a member of the German Olympic team.
Emanuel’s organisation, Plant A Million, Zambia is a social enterprise headquartered in Zambia, which was officially inaugurated by the Zambian President in 2018. The company started producing seedlings in a nursery with a capacity of 5 million plants on the grounds of the Mthunzi Center for Street Children. Added to this are the social aspects of promoting education for climate protection through the development of school books with WWF Zambia and the protection of water through reforestation of trees, among others with the Lusaka Water Security Initiative (LuWSI) project.
Innocent, an Earth Charter Young Leader & Young African Leaders Initiative Fellow is a Board Member at Kenya Green Building Society- Youth Chapter. He has a clear vision to incorporate sustainability in development initiatives through design-thinking strategies. He is currently developing his expertise as a Climate Health Adaptation Practitioner and he is also, an aspiring Expert Business Analyst. He is seeking a business development position that seeks to improve the lives of people and the society at large through economic development.
Innocent’s organisation Girls Paint Africa Green – Kenya & Uganda, is a non-profit initiative under Christian Humanitarian and Justice Foundation Limited in Kampala, Uganda of young girls primarily, in conjunction with their male counterparts, united to embark on actions of climate governance; environmental protection and conservation and also as an umbrella of inspiration, motivation and empowerment around Africa.
Abubakar Sadiq Tanko
Abubakar obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry from Bayero University Kano, and presently teaches Biochemistry and conducts research at Bauchi State University, Gadau. He has a Master’s degree in Biochemistry from the prestigious University Putra Malaysia (UPM). His research interest include using natural products to combat cancer and diabetes.
Abubakar is also keen about environment protection and conservation, he participates in societies and groups that advocate such cause. He is a strong proponent of prevention of desertification that causes serious climate change consequenses like flood and extreme weather conditions, especially in the northern Nigeria.
Abubakar is a trained Climate Reality Leader.