The Ogun State government has implored residents of the State to embark on massive tree planting in order to combat climate change and enhance proper gaseous exchange between man and its environment.
Commissioner for Forestry, Chief Kolawole Lawal gave the charge during an interactive session with Journalists in commemoration of the International Forests Day, tagged “Forest and Energy”.
Lawal said the importance of trees to human existence cannot be over-emphasised, as it helps to absorb carbon dioxide and releases oxygen which human beings need for breaking carbohydrate to simple sugar apart from protecting the environment from climate change.
He added that trees provide shade, water purification and helps to control natural disaster such as landslide, hurricane and flooding.
The Commissioner therefore, urged the people of the state to participate actively in tree planting and desist from deforestation, illegal tree felling and bush burning.