Halifa Yusuf Abdulkarim, a Bauchi-based environmentalist, has advocated for the inculcation of the habit of planting trees in children from their time at primary school, a practice that education managers jettison over the years.
He said if reintroduced, it will go a long way in tackling deforestation with its attendant effects on not just the environment but also the people living in it.
Halifa said this while interacting with newsmen in Bauchi over the weekend.
He said the reintroduction of tree planting in primary schools will teach pupils from the grassroots the importance of tree planting to preserve the environment.
The Environmentalist noted with discontentment how government and individuals inhibiting the environment who are at the receiving end of a changing climate, jettison tree planting thereby exposing the ecosystem to climate change-induced hazards.
Halifa said people must learn to replace cut trees with new ones so as to mitigate the scourging effect of deforestation, an act mostly perpetrated to meet domestic energy needs and construction purposes.
While Bauchi State has a legal framework dealing with deforestation suspects, trees are continuously being cut down in the state with the offenders escaping justice.