Cross River Civil Society Network Mark World Environment Day, Calls For Protective Action

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By Victoria Effiong

Cross River State Civil Society Network (CCSN) major stakeholders and others joins the global community to mark World Environment Day 2021 with the theme “Ecosystem Restoration”.

The world environment Day (WED) is an annual celebration slated for June 5 by the United Nation as a way to increase awareness and action by everyone for the protection of the environment. Coincidentally, this year (2021) kickstart the United Nation’s decade on ecosystem restoration which will run from 2021-2030. This is aimed at massively scaling up the restoration of the ecosystem.

As part of activities to mark the day, Cross River State Civil Society Network (CCSN) in collaboration with other State actors had a walkathon and media parley in Calabar, the State capital.

Flagging off the walkathon at Nellas Garden, the State Coordinator of CCSN, Leader Ben Usang said the theme for this year’s World Environment Day 2021 is apt for the State at a time like this where Cross River has the largest rainforest in Nigeria which is also depleting on a daily basis. He beckoned to all and sundry to pay attention to the rainforest in order to ensure it is restored.

The first stop for the walkathon which featured educating citizens on possible actions to take in saving the environment was Lemna community, Calabar Municipality Local Government Area. The visit to Lemna revealed that “there’s a waste crisis in Calabar,” said Leader Ben Usang.

Highpoint of the event was planting of trees, see pictures below.

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