About this campaign
Abeala a community in Ido local government area of Ibadan metropolis of Oyo State in the South West of Nigeria has running through it a river which starts from Abacha, Ile Titun through to Shalom College Quarters. The river served as a source of water for the community and also a source of livelihood for fishermen. This community is plagued with serious flooding which has caused erosion to eat deep into the soil system and road network of the community. A critical look at the causal effect can be linked to deforestation. An area that was once lined with trees and beautiful green vegetation is now an open arid area, leaving the area open to severe flooding and erosion activity. The resulting effect is severe urban migration of people in that area to other over-populated regions of the state. The obvious effects of over-population in developing regions cannot be over-emphasized. It is a typical sub-urban community with residents ranging from middle-class people to low-income earners. This is the situation with most communities in Nigeria.
The Eleven Eleven Twelve Foundation is thus embarking on indigenous tree planting exercise in Nigeria, to help curb deforestation, hunger (loss of farmlands) flooding and erosion in the country. Our plan is to plant Ten thousand (10,000) trees this year 2021. We have chosen to plant indigenous plants in-order to preserve plants native to the regions. This is because protection of the flora also helps protect the fauna in the region from going extinct.
Our goal is to, in addition to planting the trees adopt a community tree planting approach, where the community is involved. Sensitization and environmental advocacy with emphasis on the importance of planting trees will go hand in hand with the planting exercise
Tree planting has the potential to stop the current trend of environmental degradation, reverse the loss of soil fertility and humidity, and enhance availability of food, forage, fuel and timber resources to the community. This has the capacity to reduce hunger (zero hunger; SDG 2) it will also reduce greenhouse gas emission as the trees act as a carbon sink and this in turn will improve the health and wellbeing of the communities (SDG 3). This will also reduce the climatic issues being experienced in our adopted communities; like flooding, erosion and loss of farmland and help build sustainable cities (SDG11) that are able to cater for the residents.
Deforestation is one of the leading causes of extinction of animal species, which is in turn has a ripple effect on the ecological equilibrium of the environment. It is essential for us to protect the lives of these animals on land (SDG15) as their existence is has a direct effect on our ecosystem.
This exercise builds on work previously undertaken by the foundation in a pilot phase and a second phase of the community tree planting initiative.
Join us in taking climate action to curb the effects of deforestation and greenhouse gas emissions in these communities.
Use of Funds
The cost of planting is itemized below;
To plant one tree costs;
N800.00 for indigenous trees, native to the community
N1000.00 for hybrid and fruit varieties.
We are looking to raise N10,000,000.00 ($21,800) to plant 10,000 trees in these communities.