By Lanre Omotoso

It is imperative that people refrain from activities that are inimical to the environment to ensure sustainability of the earth for the future generations.

A lecturer in the Department of Forest Resources and Wildlife Management, Ekiti State University, Ado-Ekiti, Professor Oluwayemisi  Arowosoge gave the advice on the commemoration of this year’s International Mother Earth Day.

Professor Arowosoge identified factors that may deplete the environment to include deforestation, pollution, and intensive use of agro chemicals, bush burning and dumping of waste into drainages.

He emphasized that damaging the environment could lead to health implications such as respiratory disease, skin disorder, various types of cancer as well as flooding and erratic weather condition.

The don, however, stressed that prediction by the Nigeria Hydrological Services Agency that Thirty-One out the Thirty-Six States would experience flood this year was a result of damages done to the earth.

She called for enforcement of laws to regulate vehicle emissions in order to guide against loss of biodiversity, scarcity of food and water.

To also protect the environment, the Don emphasized the need for farmers to practise organic farming by using animal droppings.

The United Nations in 2009 set aside April 22 as International Mother Earth Day to promote harmony with nature and protect all the different species on the planet, and the theme for this year is  “Planet versus Plastic”.

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