Climate Watch-The Gambia recently launched a new initiative dubbed ‘GreenUp’ Tree Planting Project, which would enable the planting of 10,000 trees in a 10-month period. The event was held at the Joint Officers’ Mess in Kotu East.
The project generally aims to create an environmentally friendly, ecologically stable, and economically flourishing Gambia. It is expected to contribute greatly to the improvement of livelihood and resilience to climatic change.
At the launching ceremony, Kemo Fatty, founder and project manager of ‘GreenUp’, said climate change causes one of the biggest threats to our biodiversity, economy and even our existence.
“It is a collective responsibility on us all to preserve and protect the nature as our survival depends on it just as much as we depend on it,” he asserted.
The ‘GreenUp’ initiative he explained, challenges young people as they champion efforts to save life, the country and the planet at large.
“GreenUp is a feasible solution in combating climate change and we intend to facilitate the awareness of global warming and simple solutions that people can adopt to help curb climate change. Planting 10,000 trees is not the solution but it’s a start. Collectively we can achieve the impossible”, he further remarked.
According to him, the project is affiliated to the Global Change Makers and it will be implemented by Youth Action Against Illegal Migration and Climate Watch-The Gambia.
Climate change, he observed has taken its stance in posing an irreversible threat “but we can resort to preserving nature in simple ways through action and awareness”.
Saikou Suwareh Jabai, Executive Director of Climate Watch-The Gambia, recalled that in 1994, exactly 22 years ago, the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed 16 September as the International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer, commemorating the date of the signing of the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer.
“It is an open secret that trees contribute to the protection of our environment by providing oxygen, improving air quality, conserving water, preserving soil, and supporting wildlife. Trees control the climate by moderating the effects of the sun, rain and wind; they lower the air temperature and reduce the heat intensity of the greenhouse effect by maintaining low levels of carbon dioxide”, he stated.
Jabai expressed delight on behalf of his organisation to be associated with the ‘GreenUp project as an implementing partner.
The Executive Director of National Youth Council (NYC) Lamin Darboe thanked the leadership of the organisation for coming up with such an important project.
Darboe promised that NYC will continue to support and collaborate with any organisation that seeks to support and empower young people by engaging youths to take up climate change adaptation and mitigation actions so as to enhance their effective participation in collectively addressing climate change.
by Samba Jawo