World Environment Day is celebrated on 5th June every year. The celebration of this day globally provides an opportunity to broaden the basis for an enlightened opinion and responsible conduct by individuals, organizations and communities in preserving and enhancing the environment. The theme of 2019’s celebration was Beat Air Pollution. This was inspired by the need to combat the global menace of air pollution. It serves as a call to action and advocate for a change in our everyday lives to reduce the amount of air pollution, and thwart its contribution to global warming and its effects on our own health.
To commemorate the 2019 World Environment Day, Women Environmental Programme (WEP) partnered with African Youth Initiative on Climate Change Nigeria (AYICC Nigeria) to plant trees and raise environmental awareness in primary schools in Abuja.
On the 13th and 14th June 2019, trees were planted in LEA Primary School, Jabi and LEA Primary School, Aleyeta respectively. The planting exercises were preceded by talk sessions that raised environmental awareness among school children. It helped them to understand the vulnerability the environment faces, the importance of protecting it, as well as sustainable use of resources within the environment. The school children were receptive and happy to be enlightened about turning trash to treasure by using sachet bags and bottles to make flower vessels, waste paper to make envelopes & paper bags; instead of burning or littering them and also planting & nurturing trees.