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NWP Global Registry of Apprentice Ecologists - Kabong Jos, Plateau State, Nigeria.

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Kabong Jos, Plateau State, Nigeria.
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bchris662



Registered: December 2013
City/Town/Province: Jos, plateau state
Posts: 5
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My name is Okoye Christian. I am a Nigerian. I was born on the 21st of December in 1997. I am a student of Rochas foundation college, Jos Nigeria. I live in Jos with my family. Jos has one of the best weather in West Africa that is convenient for both plants animals and human survival. But, the rate at which inorganic wastes such as water bottles, nylon materials, papers and others are released into the environment is alarming. I made up my mind to tackle this ecological problem with the little effort I have. This decision I took came into being when I woke up one Saturday morning, just to find out that my little vegetable garden which I made when I was a kid had been covered with nylons, papers and other inorganic wastes that I could hardly see the green leaves of the vegetables. So, I got my hand gloves, went into garden and I began to pick out all those foreign materials on the garden. While picking up the inorganic wastes from the garden, I noticed that the leaves of the vegetables were dark-green in colour. I recalled what my biology teacher taught me in class that this situation occurs due to lack of sunlight, thereby, the green pigment in leaves (chlorophyll) will be under produced. This situation leads to low level of photosynthesis. This is because sunlight and chlorophyll are needed most for effective photosynthesis to take place. Later that day, I discovered that the leaves regained it bright green colour. It is because it later received the sufficient intensity of sunlight.it does not stop at impeding the rate of photosynthesis. It is also a major contributor to land pollution. When I initially saw the waste in our garden, it did not look good, it was irritating, unhygienic and it makes the garden to look like an un-kept garden. After I removed each and every one of the waste, the garden was looking clean and nice, as it has always been. These all happened when I was 12years old. I decided to do an apprentice ecologist project because I know that there is need for us to live in a hygienic environment, by taking care of the planet(earth) which we live in. also, I discovered that the Nicodemus wilderness project has the same goal to achieve, to protect the planet which we call home. I would love to contribute my quota to this goal.
I carried out my project in my little garden in our backyard. My house is located in number 123 Landere street, Kabong Jos, plateau state Nigeria. My projected was conducted by 9:00am on the27th December, 2013. I carried it out alongside side some of my neighbours. I know that if those wastes were allowed to stay on the plants, the plants will die due to lack of sunlight to carry out photosynthesis. As a matter of fact, the vegetables grown in the garden are pumpkin, bitter leaf and spinach. Which are rarely found in Jos. Thus, the garden is the only source of those vegetables in our community.
After picking out these wastes, I separated them into various parts. I gathered the water bottles together, aluminium cans together, and lastly I combined the nylon materials and the papers together. I took the aluminium cans to the blacksmith who melted it on fire and use it to make a metallic cooking pot for me. I gave the water bottles to those who resell them to the company that produces the bottled-water. I took the nylon and papers materials to an art workshop where it was recycled to make paper Mache. This was how I got rid of those inorganic wastes without causing any further environmental hazards. On the evening of that same day, one of my neighbours who helped me in conducting my project invited me to come to his place this following so that we would also remove all pollutants( inorganic) on their garden which has other varieties of vegetables other than ours. He told me that he was inspired from what I did that morning.
The apprentice ecologist project has enriched my life in so many ways such as: it has taught me to care for the planet which we live in, it has taught me how to care for plants which are given less attention in the society. In fact, it has inspired me to create media (television, radio and newspaper) programs which are mostly concern with creating awareness to the public about the need to protect our planet.
Date: January 1, 2014 Views: 5476 File size: 19.0kb, 3453.0kb : 1920 x 2560
Hours Volunteered: 9
Volunteers: 3
Authors Age & Age Range of Volunteers: 16 & 12 to 18
Area Restored for Native Wildlife (hectares): 1
Trash Removed/Recycled from Environment (kg): 10
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bchris662

Registered: December 2013
City/Town/Province: Jos, plateau state
Posts: 5
January 3, 2014 9:32pm

God is good.