In April 2020, the Abuja Hub of the Global Shapers Community launched its Tree Planting Project with a public call for implementation partners. The Tree Planting Project was funded by the World Economic Forum through the Climate Reality Project, and the objective of the project was to plant 5000 trees in communities around Nigeria.
Between April and September 2020, the Abuja Hub, in collaboration with 10 selected implementing partners, conducted a series of climate and environmental education activities, and planted a total of 5,360 trees.
Despite kicking off this project in the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Abuja Hub was able to meet and exceed it’s set goal thanks to a team of committed implementing partners, supported by a dynamic team of climate leaders in the Abuja hub.
The last set of 500 trees were planted in September, in rural communities in the Federal Capital Territory, to support families with extra income, nutritious fruits and replace trees that have been cut down for firewood.
The project’s short and long term goals include: promoting cleaner air, environmental conservation, supporting economic resilience in rural communities, cooling urban spaces in Abuja, and absorbing tonnes of carbon dioxide.