By CrossRiverWatch Admin
The Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF) in collaboration with the Department of Environmental Education, University of Calabar (UNICAL) joined the rest of the world to commemorate the 2021 World Environment Day with the theme “Ecosystem Restoration”.
The Deputy Vice Chancellor in her address enjoined participants not just to plant trees but also note that, “other parts of the ecosystem: wetland and marine ecosystem are seriously under pressure by human activities, encouraging them to do all they can to live in harmony with nature.”
She thanked the Department of Environmental Education and Nigerian Conservation Foundation for their effort to create enlightenment.
The first female Vice Chancellor of UNICAL called for all hands to be on deck to save nature.
Mr. Emmanuel Owan of NCF in an interview highlighted the fact that the ecosystem has been degraded beyond self-recovery thereby destroying the basic essence of life and livelihood for millions of people around the world.
He therefore enjoined the general public to join hands with Governments and Civil Society Organization across the globe to change their lifestyle and attitude towards the environment in order to mitigate climate change, pollution and biological degradation especially in the area of illegal logging through tree planting, education and enlightenment.
The event featured a road walk from the department of Environmental Education through the Vice Chancellors office to the new library, hostels and other parts of the school and back to the main campus with students carrying placards to create the needed awareness about the event.
There was tree planting exercise in front of the Vice Chancellor’s office by the representative of the VC, Prof. Michael Okom (Deputy Vice Chancellor Administration).