The Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF) has encouraged more school children in Lagos State to become active in understanding and contributing to environmental conservation in their communities.
Dr Muhtari Aminu-Kano, the Director-General, NCF said the foundation organised a ‘’Spring Alive Nigeria’’ to sensitise children on issues surrounding wildlife conservation and its importance to human habitat.
According to him, the exposure is to facilitate the early involvement of school children in the crusade for sustainable environment in the state and other parts of the country.
“There is need for continued enlightenment of the public and the younger generation in the drive for a healthy environment on whose shoulders every other thing revolves.
“We have pupils and students membership, and their number is increasing by the day. It is pertinent for us to continue to educate them on the values of the foundation, and the urgent need to salvage the worsening global environment.
“Spring Alive is to make the younger generation internalise the culture of nature preservation, and ginger them to bring to bear new innovations in the quest for an egalitarian environment,” he said.
The Coordinator of the event, Mrs Abidemi Balogun described birds as environment indicators, adding that the initiative was meant to highlight the roles of birds in sustainable environment.
Balogun listed role of birds in the environment to include seed dispersal, fruit pollination, removal of carcass, adding that their presence anywhere was an indication that such environment was unpolluted.
According to her, migratory birds indicate seasons and also announce weather conditions in a particular geographical location from time to time.
She however expressed concern over the gradual disappearance of some species of birds from the environment due to human activities.
Balogun said that vultures were gradually going into extinction due to human activities, which had undermined the role of vulture in identifying decomposing animals and ensuring their removal.
Some of the school children from Royal Treasure Junior School Lekki, and Okun Ajah Community School expressed joy at the exposure and activities of the foundation.
Ivie Owuadolor said that the event was creative and earnestly looked forward to another opportunity next year.
Samson Friday said that the event had exposed him to things he had never known about birds and their relevance to the environment.
The event brought together over forty pupils from four different Lagos State schools.