Thursday, 17 June 2021

World Environment Day: Civil Society tackles C'River over preservation of ecosystem

As the world celebrates the 2021 World Environment Day, a Coalition of Civil Societies in Cross River State under the auspices of Cross River State Civil Society Network (CCSN) has called on Cross River State Government and Cross Riverians alike to pay more attention to the environment with specific interest to the restoration of the Ecosystem. 

Speaking in Calabar while flagging off the walkathon as part of this line up of activities to mark the day, Leader Ben Usang, the State Coordinator of CCSN, said the theme for this year's World Environment Day 2021 was apt for the State at a time like this where Cross River has the largest rainforest in Nigeria which is also depleting on a daily basis. He beckoned to all and sundry to pay attention to the rainforest in order to ensure it is restored.

The world environment Day (WED) is an annual celebration slated for June 5 by the United Nation as a way to increase awareness and action by everyone for the protection of the environment. Coincidentally, this year (2021) kickstart the United Nation's decade on ecosystem restoration which will run from 2021-2030. This is aimed at massively scaling up the restoration of the ecosystem.

As part of activities to mark the day, Cross River State Civil Society Network (CCSN) in collaboration with other State actors had a walkathon where citizens where educated on the need to care for the environment, visit to some sensitive sites in the state, planting of trees and media parley in Calabar, the State capital.

Some of the sites visited was Lemna community, Calabar Municipality Local Government Area etc. Inspecting these sites, leader Ben Usang  lamented that there's a waste crisis in Calabar. 

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