Plant-for-the-Planet Foundation, a local group has launched an academy program in Liberia, training over 100 Climate Justice Ambassadors to advocate for climate justice here thru trees planting.
The academy was formally launched over the weekend at the College of West Africa or CWA characterized by a Climate Walk, training on climate change, and planting of more than 178 trees.
Mr. Mohammed A. Foboi, Country Coordinator of Plant-for-the-Planet Foundation, said the initiative is meant to take practical actions against global warming and advocate for climate justice in Liberia.
In a statement released this week, Mr. Foboi said climate justice and environmental protection should be the sole responsibility of students, because they have more to benefit from the planet.
The program brought together over 100 high school students from twelve schools in Monrovia, who have been tasked with the responsibility of establishing environmental and climate justice clubs in their various schools.
Mr. Foboi urged the students to take practical actions against global warming, flooding, environmental degradation and deforestation by planting trees every week, while advocating for climate justice in Liberia.
He urged the students to work with the Environmental Protection Agency or EPA and the Forestry Development Authority or FDA to guide, monitor, and supervise the trees planting exercise.
“Trees are the symbols for climate justice in Liberia, and humans should take practical actions by advocating for climate justice in Liberia, because we cannot live without trees,” Foboi added.
He said planting of trees reduces global warming, “because one tree provides oxygen for an entire family of four”.
According to him, since 2007 Plant-for-the-Planet has been launched in more than 40 countries, including China, Canada, Australia, the United States, Zambia, UAE, Uganda, Spain, Thailand and Luxembourg.
Mr. Foboi’s deputy who is also President of the Liberia National Student Union or LINSU, Varney Jarsey stressed the importance of climate protection and environmental preservation. He said the planting of trees and environmental regulation helps to make life better and easier because it reduces environmental pollution.