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WED: Catholic JDPCI tasks FCTA, residents on tree planting, hygiene

The Justice, Development and Peace Caritas Initiative (JDPCI) of the Catholic Archdiocese of Abuja has urged the FCT Administration and residents to take strategic tree…

The Justice, Development and Peace Caritas Initiative (JDPCI) of the Catholic Archdiocese of Abuja has urged the FCT Administration and residents to take strategic tree planting as a priority to protect the environment and save the territory from erosion and other kinds of environmental degradation.

The JDPCI chairman, Sir Josephat Abaagu, made the call over the weekend in Abuja at a briefing in celebration of the annual World Environment Day.

He said the organisation as part of its commitment to the cause had planted over 10,000 economic trees across the country.

“The FCT Administration and residents must take tree planting seriously. This is to prevent some of the flooding and other ravages being witnessed in the territory.

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“Pope Francis reminds us that ‘everything is connected’, and it is within this context that we find our motivation and direction. One of our flagship initiatives, inspired by Laudato Si’, is our ambitious tree-planting campaign. Between 2023 and 2024, we have successfully planted over 10,000 economic trees,” Abaagu said.

He said these trees not only contribute to environmental restoration and biodiversity but also provide economic benefits to local communities.

Abaagu noted that the 2024 World Environment Day Theme: ‘Land Restoration, Desertification, and Drought Resilience’, is an opportunity to reflect on human collective responsibility towards the environment and to celebrate the strides made in protecting the common home of everyone.

He said, “Furthermore, I am thrilled to highlight the recent launch of the JDPC Laudato Si’ Briquette Factory and safe energy cooking stoves in April 2024.

“This innovative project which was commissioned by His Grace, Most Rev. Dr. Ignatius A. Kaigama represents a significant step in our efforts to mitigate climate change.

“The impact of these initiatives is profound. The tree planting campaign enhances carbon sequestration, combats soil erosion, and fosters a healthier ecosystem.”

 

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