There is a clear and pressing need to address air quality for human health, welfare and economic development. Poor indoor and outdoor air quality are responsible for more than 500,000 deaths in Africa each year, with an estimated cost of $500 billion. With over half of the projected 2015-2050 global population growth occurring in Africa and an increasingly urbanized population, this is set to rise further.
There are about 12 million cars in Nigeria. In Lagos alone, with an estimated population of 22 million people, there are about 5 million cars and 250,000 commercial vehicles. An average light car emits about 182 grams of carbon dioxide per kilometre.
A typical hardwood tree can absorb as much as 22,000 grams of carbon dioxide a year, which is about 60g of carbon dioxide per day.
Basically, planting trees and plants helps to eradicate carbon dioxide which in turn cleans the air and gives good health.
So, what are you waiting for? Let’s plant trees for life!
The Hygiene First campaign, an initiative of the Extended Hands Foundation is proud to partner with the Lagos State Government, Lagos State Environmental Protection Agency (LASEPA), Lagos State Parks and Gardens Agency (LASPARK) & Lagos State Waste Management Agency (LAWMA) to bring you this message.