Indigenous trees have been discovered to be disappearing from urban areas at an alarming rate, and the contributions of the existing trees are not adequately documented. Milicia excelsa for example which is an indigenous tree in tropical Africa and popularly known as IROKO is highly threatened. Many other indigenous trees in our country has been classified as threatened and could only be found in few locations due to the extensive exploitation for wood production and other socio-economic activities. In view of this, some NGO groups have decided to get involved in the call to action on the need to revive indigenous trees in this country, this has led to the “Climate Strike Awareness March on Indigenous Trees”.
Eco Sustainers Initiative in a joint effort with Urban Tree Revival Initiative, Eden World Initiative, National Environmental Society, REES Africa, LASPARK, among others moved out in masses on 2nd October, 2020 in the city of Ibadan, Oyo State, Nigeria starting from the Forestry Research Institute of Nigeria, Jericho, to Aleshinloye market and Eleyele area of Ibadan. Not limited to this location, the awareness march was also carried out in the city of Lagos along the Lagos State Secretariat, Alausa, Ikeja pivot to make mindfulness on indigenous trees and the need to engender them for environmental change alleviation. Environmentalists and nature darlings merged at Ndubuisi Kanu Park, Alausa following the COVID-19 conventions and development started upheld by the Lagos State Traffic Management Agency (LASTMA) around Alausa, Ikeja hub.
The awareness was centered on educating, promoting and motivating people on the need to cultivate the habit of planting trees especially indigenous forest trees in the country. Findings have shown that almost all the Indigenous trees in Oyo State, Nigeria have gone into extinction due to deforestation. Educationally, the awareness was specifically on the medicinal and economic benefit of indigenous trees, Also, the usefulness of indigenous trees to promote cultural value, spiritual and ecological services. and the mindfulness was wrapped up with a tree planting exercise of indigenous forest trees.
Let’s always remember “sustainability for future development.”