Promoting nature-based investment for climate resilience in Nigeria
In a world of more than seven billion people, each of us is a drop in the bucket. But with enough drops, we can fill any bucket.David Suzuki
The youths of today have the most at stake when it comes to climate change. Their futures are at stake if we do not all join our efforts to ensure that we meet the 1.5 C cap on global warming. All over the world, kids, teenagers and youths and adults are taking matters into their own hands in inspiring and innovative ways.
Taking up the mantel in this course, the Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF) with the support of some local and international NGOs, hosted the 2019 Global Climate Strike March across Nigeria, implemented in 15 States across the nation, inclusive of Enugu State, representing the South-East geopolitical zone. Their implementing partner in Enugu State, South Saharan Social Development Organisation (SSDO), with her staff, members and volunteers, processed into the streets and to the seats of government, raising their voices in a unified call to action for the protection and conservation of the earth.
The protest march with the theme: “Promoting nature-based investment for climate resilience in Nigeria”, was held on the 29th November, 2019 in the city of Enugu. The march commenced at the Enugu Mall, going through the State House of Assembly, through the State Court Houses and terminating at Toscana Hotel, right next to the State Government House. The march also featured the distribution of Climate themed posters, the delivery of sensitization and motivational talks and the appreciation of all attendees, with firm commitments for individual and joint conservation activities.
The simultaneous state protest marches, were the grand finale event of the NCF Climate Action Week that commenced on Monday, 25th November, at Lekki Conservation Centre with a youth summit. The week also featured a leadership Summit, a tree Planting exercise and a tour of Lekki Conservation Centre.
It is strongly recommended that, as part of contributing to the advancement of Climate protection and Earth conservation, more should be done to organize sensitization programmes in schools and communities, to create awareness on the harmful effects of anti- conservation human activities on the environment. With the right information, more hands will surely be united to call for individual and collective efficient energy usage, the use of alternative, renewable and climate friendly energy sources, reduction of planet-warming emissions from fossil fuels and promote instead, the ingestion of more carbon dioxide into the ground, largely via photosynthesis achieved through the planting of more trees, reduction in the use and disposal of plastics, tyres, cans, nylon bags… promotion of organic food decisions, promotion of the 3 Rs (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle), political advocacy for active and right leaders, etc.
Although it’s important that we try in our individual capacities to reduce our individual carbon footprints, we also need to focus on changing the larger system. That’s where we have the greatest opportunity to reduce emissions. Vote for leaders at all levels of government who take climate change seriously. They should commit to setting science-based targets to reduce harmful carbon emissions, implementing clear plans to reach those targets, passing laws and policies further the course of climate change and shifting to a clean-energy economy and support /encourage citizen driven activities.
So, let’s take to action today, it is our right to speak up and be heard. It is in our best interest and that of the Earth that we make climate change promotion and earth conservation, A FOR ALL PROJECT!