Damen Choji Champions Community Tree Planting with Lekki Million Trees Initiative

Damen Choji, a passionate advocate for environmental sustainability, is leading the Lekki Million Trees initiative, a community-driven effort aimed at fostering a culture of tree planting in the local environment. Expressing his belief in the transformative power of this initiative, Damen emphasizes the importance of every child planting at least one tree in their surroundings.

Beyond the visual appeal of a greener landscape, Damen highlights the multifaceted benefits of tree planting, emphasizing its positive impact on biodiversity and the creation of a more resourceful habitat for both humans and animals. He asserts, "I believe that trees can help with mental health in society."

Damen goes on to underscore the critical role trees play in mitigating climate change and global warming, citing their contribution to various aspects of life. He envisions a future where the widespread planting of trees in Nigeria will make the country more resourceful, beautiful, and renowned on a global scale.
The core principle of the initiative is to encourage tree planting in every possible location. The Choji family, in particular, is actively promoting this cause, recognizing the indispensable role trees play in sustaining human life by providing essential oxygen. Damen states, "Without trees, I'm not sure we will be able to cope."

The Choji family's commitment goes beyond personal benefit, as they strive to raise awareness and engage the community in the importance of tree planting for current and future generations. Their initiative aligns with the broader goal of making society cognizant of the crucial role trees play, not only for individual well-being but for the betterment of the entire community.

On his part, Dr. Augustine Onwumere, Chairman of PWAN Group, the world's first real estate network marketing firm, emphasized the vital role of trees in maintaining a healthy environment.

Dr. Onwumere highlighted the interconnectedness of trees with human well-being, illustrating how the natural oxygen emitted by trees rejuvenates cells and contributes to a fresher appearance. Underlining the essence of tree planting, he asserted, "Tree is life and life is tree. Everything we eat is a plant, but when we remove trees, we forget to plant them back, disrupting the natural ecosystem."

Expressing personal commitment, Dr. Onwumere shared his love for planting trees, citing examples from his home in VGC. He stressed the importance of integrating trees into both residential and office spaces, enhancing aesthetics and contributing to the well-being of inhabitants.
Also speaking, Alhaji Sulyman Bello, President of the Lekki Estate Resident & Stakeholders Association (LERSA), expanded on the initiative's broader mission. He emphasized that the endeavour goes beyond merely planting trees; it is about safeguarding the environment and, by extension, preserving the existence of Lekki Peninsula.

Bello noted collaborations with partners, including Lagos State Government, Eti-Osa Local Government, Ibeju Lekki Local Government, and Lekki Concession Company, demonstrating a commitment to the long-term maintenance of the planted trees. The initiative, starting with a goal of one million trees, aims to cover Eti-Osa LCDA, Victoria Island LCDA, Ibeju Lekki Local Government, and Lekki LCDA.

Dr. Joseph Daniel Onoje, Director-General of the Nigerian Conservation Foundation, applauded the initiative's alignment with their goal of creating green spaces for positive human well-being. Stressing the invaluable benefits of trees on physiological and emotional health, Dr. Onoje highlighted that trees contribute to healthier lives, reducing healthcare costs.

The collaborative effort between LERSA, the late Vincent Choji family, and the Nigerian Conservation Foundation resonates with the shared vision of greening the Lekki environment. 

Dr. Onoje concluded by encouraging everyone to participate in planting trees, emphasizing the immeasurable value nature provides to humanity through the free gift of natural oxygen.

In essence, Damen Choji's Lekki Million Trees initiative stands as a beacon for community-driven environmental stewardship, inspiring individuals and families to actively contribute to the cultivation of a greener and more sustainable future.

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