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Kids Plant Trees On World Environment Day 

By Nformi Sonde Kinsai

— Some children of the Little Angels of the Environment Cameroon, abbreviated LANEC, recently planted some 300 ornamental trees at the premises of St. Joseph Anglophone Parish in Mvog-Ada, Yaounde.

The exercise was to mark this year’s World Environment Day, commemorated under the theme: “Green Economy: Does It Concern You?” LANEC carried out the activity within the framework of the TUNZA/Plant for the Planet Initiative and the Child Earth Institute.

Prior to the tree planting exercise, LANEC’s Young African Ambassador, Valentine Ngwa Akoufei, expounded on the different ways by which the concept of green economy could positively impact on the lives of the youth. Talk on the importance of tree planting and other environmentally friendly habits by the kids to their Mvog-Ada peers also constituted highlights of the day’s activities.

On his part, the Legal Adviser of LANEC, Christopher Feka, cautioned the children on their implications and commitments on environmental concerns, indicating to them that it is not good enough to plant trees but that it is more important to nurture, cater and maintain the ornamental plants for the future.

After the tree planting exercise, a spokesperson for LANEC, Feh Galega, disclosed that the planting of the 300 trees at Mvog-Ada now brings the figure to 4000 trees already planted by the children in the South and Southwest Regions of Cameroon since 2008. Mvog-Ada Parish Priest, André Zibi, appreciated the gesture and thanked the children for choosing Mvog-Ada as venue for this year’s commemoration.

According to a press release highlighting the activities, LANEC’s contributions to commemorate the 2012 World Environment Day, came at a time when more than half of the world’s population are living on natural resources. “As the demand for food, water and energy rises, educating children at an earlier stage on the importance of protecting the environment and promoting sustainable lifestyles, falls in line with the TUNZA programme for children and vision of Child Earth Institute to which LANEC is a partner,” the release states.

The June 5, 2012 event was organised under the supervision of LANEC’s Project Manager Ita Ndifon and its National coordinator, Priscilla Song.

First published in The Post print edition no. 01350

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