Target: Nigeria’s National Environment Standards and Regulations Enforcement Agency (NESREA)
Goal: Urge the Nigerian government to actively prevent marijuana cultivation in forest areas where it can harm habitats and animals
As of now, Nigeria has the highest deforestation rate in the world, and this deforestation has taken a toll on Nigeria’s natural habitats and wildlife. An investigation conducted by the Southwest/Niger Delta Forest Project showed that the deforestation in Nigeria plays a main role in the population decline of the Nigeria-Cameroon Chimpanzee, a chimpanzee subspecies that has officially been declared Endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). Further investigation determined that over half the deforestation from 2010 to 2012 was due to illegal cultivation of marijuana.
Marijuana grower burn large regions of land and cut away the forest canopy and nearby plants in order to give the marijuana crops full sunlight to grow. This disrupts and removes many forest animals’ habitat, causing their existence to be threatened. In addition, the crop growers use an extensive amount of chemical fertilizer and a variety of pesticides, which also pollute the forest and poison animals living in it.
Rachel Ashegbofe Ikemeh, the coordinator and main investigator for the Southwest Niger Delta Forest Project, says that marijuana cultivation will likely continue to grow, as demand for marijuana is rising and the plant is expected to earn growers 2 to 3 times more money than any other crop planted in the area.
By signing this petition you will help urge NESREA to crack down on illegal marijuana planting and the illegal destruction of natural forests.
To the National Environment Standards and Regulations Enforcement Agency (NESREA):
Recently investigations by the Southwest/Niger Delta Forest Project have determined that illegal marijuana planting has led to adverse consequences for animals in forest habitats. Marijuana growers often clear large patches of land to grow their crops, and this destroys forest habitats and threatens the existence of the animals that lived in them.
In addition, the chemical fertilizers and pesticides used by the growers can pollute natural forests and cause health problems for the forest’s animals and plants. They may kill off endangered plants, kill plants that are a staple of animals’ diets, or pollute groundwater and rivers so that the animals do not have safe water to drink.
Please put forth effort in cracking down on the illegal marijuana growers and protest Nigeria’s forest and wildlife.
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