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Protect The Environment And Save TheWorld

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Flood along the Birabi Street in Port Harcourt recently

Flood along the Birabi Street in Port Harcourt recently

Mr Dauda Toure, the
UN Resident Coordinator in Nigeria, recently solicited environment-friendly human activities to protect the world.
At the symposium organised to mark the 2015 World Environment Day, he observed that abuse of available resources on earth could result in harmful effects on human existence.
“I have a dream, you have dreams of a world where everything is green, peaceful and flourishing.
“A world in which the planet earth that we live takes care of man and human being is also very careful the way he treats the earth,’’ he said.
He said that the theme of the day —“Seven Billion Dreams. One planet. Consume with Care’’ — was apt to sensitise people on the need to be environment-friendly in their activities in the evironment.
“It is the responsibility of each of us to create a viable environment for sustainable economic development, stabilising and reducing the rate of resources used,’’ he said.
He urged the people to change their pattern of consumption from being wasteful to utilising the available resources for development.
He warned that people could not afford to waste the scarce resources that were fast diminishing on the earth.
“We need to do something very fast before we consume our planet and our home; let us do simple things like turning of lights when not in use.
“Not wasting water or food, reducing the number of plastic bags; all these go a long way when we decide to consume with care.
“Imagination is the birth of all innovations. Let us dream ourselves into the future we want. If we can see it, we can achieve it,’’ he said.
In his view, Mr Ban Ki-moon, the UN Secretary General, suggested that the only way to save the planet earth was to embrace sustainable consumption.
In his message to mark the day, he said that people could achieve that by shifting their consumption patterns towards goods that use less energy.
The UN chief said that people should also shift their consumption patterns towards the use of less water and other resources and by wasting less food.
“In this year of transformation, when we hope to see great advances on sustainable development and climate change.
“ Let us become more conscious of our ecological impact. Let us think about the environmental consequences of the choices we make. Let us become better stewards of our planet,’’ he said.
Sharing similar sentiments, Mrs Fatima Mede, the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Environment, said promoting sustainable patterns of consumption and production was one of the objectives of achieving sustainable development on earth.
“Making fundamental changes in the way people consume and produce are indispensable for achieving sustainable development.
“Specific actions must be taken by everyone to ensure that we change from unsustainable patterns of production and consumption.
“We must endeavour to reduce our carbon footprints and enhance our biodiversity. We must minimise the amount of the waste we generate at home and in our work place.
“We must always remember the 5Rs — Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Recover and Replace; we need to look inwards and come up with innovative ways to produce and consume with care.
“If we all genuinely commit ourselves to doing what is right; we will achieve sustainable development and environmental protection.
“The commitment will go a long way to making this planet a safer and healthier place for our present and future generations,’’ she said.
Speaking in the same direction, Mr John Chukwu, the Permanent Secretary, Federal Capital Territory Administration, said that people should amend their patterns of behaviours to achieve sustainable development.
“Our quality of life, the quality of the food we eat, the water we drink and the air we breathe cannot survive over time if we do not embrace positive change.
“Also, the landscapes we live cannot survive over time if we fail to embrace positive change in our relationship with the environment.
“Worldwide, climate change is becoming an alarming matter day by day.
“We need to come up with policies to improve energy efficiency, create alternative energy source and improve forest conservation and eco-friendly consumption, among others things.
“It is high time we joined hands with the Federal Ministry of Environment in trying to save and secure our beautiful world,’’ he said.
In addition to modifying peoples’ activities to protect the earth, Mr Alex Nwegbu, the Director-General, Nigerian Geological Survey Agency, urged the Federal Ministry of Environment to be proactive in tackling environmental challenges.
According to him, with the knowledge of geological survey, the ministry will be able to manage the environment properly.
Also, Mr Nnimmo Bassey, an environmentalist, called for concerted efforts by the new government and stakeholders to restore the values of the environment.
According to him, restoration of the environment will provide a virile method of building well-being and a new vision for Nigerians.
Ologunagba writes for News Agency of Nigeria (NAN)

 

Cecilia Ologunagba

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Group Plans Tree Planting Campaign In Rivers

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The Cleanup Nigeria campaigns group has promised massive tree planting programme across Rivers State.
River State team leader of the group, Mr Kingdom Nwanyanwu said this on the sidelines of the just concluded World Environment Day celebration in Port Harcourt
Nwanyanwu who decried the continous cutting down of trees said time has come for the habit to be discouraged.
He said people should be advised to plant more trees rather than cut them down, adding that trees not only provide fruits but also help in reducing the quantity of carbondioxide.
Nwanyanwu also stressed the need for members of the society to cultivate the habit of waste separation.
“We should be able to separate our waste cellophane bags, plastics and bottles take hundreds of years before it can decay. They should be separated and properly disposed off”.
“The term leader also condemned the indiscriminate refuse disposal in the state.
He stressed the need for the government to setup a mobile court that check the activities of people who go against the sanitation laws of the state.
“The government should setup a mobile court to apprehend people who also violate the law”, he said.
Nwanyanwu said the cleanup campaign has done a lot of work in areas of cleanliness around markets in Port Harcourt, schools and other public places.

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Children Activists Champion Fight Against Climate Change In Nigeria

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Four children climate activists of the Royal Palm International College in Ilorin have inaugurated “Return the Green Club”, an initiative to bring awareness on the need to save the environment from depleting.
The Tide source reports that the Return the Green Club is part of the activities to mark the 2021 World Environment Day, themed: “Restoration of the ecosystem”.
The children are Aderinsola Adegboye, 10 years old; Adenrele Adegboye, 11; Mariam Abdulrazaq, 12; and Chibuzor Oseigbu, 16.
Adegboye, Founder of “Return the Green” initiative, observed that government from nations have agreed to limit global warming by reducing carbon emission in areas like energy and transportation.
She warned that globally, the world has started experiencing changes due to climate change.
Adegboye advised that to cope with the climate change that is taking its toll on the environment, drought resistant crops and trees should be planted.
She also advised Nigerians to build houses and roads above sea level and use of technology to be innovative about irrigation method.
Adegboye listed actions to reduce causes of climate change to include using renewable energy, cooking clean, and reduce re-use and recycle, among others.
Miss Chibuzor Oseigbu listed causes of climate change to include deforestation, burning of fossil fuel and agriculture as a major cause of source of greenhouse gases which contribute to the green house effect and climate change.
She also observed that sometimes natural climate change happened naturally through volcanic eruptions, ocean currents and earth orbital changes, among others.
Miss Mariam Abdulquadir, in her presentation, explained that World Environment Day is United Nation’s principal vehicle for encouraging children and adults, educated and uneducated, rural and urban dwellers, to be worldwide on the awareness and action for the environment.
On his part, Master Adenrele Adegboye, advised school children to fight climate change through provision of bird feeders to provide shelter for birds, use of snack paper bag, compost making and making short videos on climate change and posting.
Also speaking, Mr AbdulGaniyu Opeloyeru, the Executive Director of Ajike Foundation of the Kwara First Lady, Mrs Olufolake AbdulRazaq, commended the children for the initiative.
He observed that such initiative would promote awareness on dangers of ill treatment of the environment and the need to protect it.
Opeloyeru advocated taking such awareness to mosques, churches, opinion and community leaders so as to preach the importance of ecosystem.
Earlier in her address of welcome, Mrs Funmi Adefila-Osiegbu, founder of Bundies Care Support Initiative, noted that human relationship with nature is broken.
“These crises stemmed from the unhealthy practices we have adopted as occupants of our planet,” she said.
According to her, many have been lost to various diseases and infections, from the recent COVID-19 to Ebola, Lassa fever and Zika virus, among others.
Oseigbu expressed optimism that the Return the Green initiative would become national and global, adding that it is time to be action driven towards restoration and preservation of the environment.
On her part, Mrs Remilekun Bamigboye, the  state Commissioner for Environment, noted that climate change issues had been left unattended to and now threatening human existence.
She urged the younger generation to champion the cause of the environment so as to have a safe world to live in.

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No More Room For Illegal Wildlife Trade -FG

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The Conservator General, National Park Service, Dr Ibrahim Goni, says there is no more room for illegal wildlife trade in the country as offenders will be prosecuted.
Goni, made this known in Abuja when the Nigerian Agricultural Quarantine Service (NAQS) handed over a confiscated parrot to the parks service for keeps and management.
He noted that the confiscation of the bird and its hand-over to the park’s management was a welcomed development, adding that Nigeria would continue to fight against wildlife trafficking.
Goni said Nigeria had been accused by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) as a transit root and source of illegal animal trafficking.
“This has given our country a bad name. We are here to redeem that image. Mr President in 2016 reviewed the CITES Act for this reason.
“Based on the Act, most agencies like the National Park Service, NAQS, National Environmental Standard and Regulations Enforcement Agency (NESREA)  and the Department of Forestry in the Ministry of Environment were given additional powers.
“This has made us to work as a team and as a result led to the confiscation of the parrot,’’ he said.
he further said that in the convention Act, the parrot was clearly stated as an endangered bird and must be protected.
“Parrots are beneficial to man in several ways as they serve as stress buster due to their talking nature and help in guarding in homes.
“When well-trained, parrot would be able to pass information to the owner of the house especially if a trespasser comes around.
“A parrot can also tell time about one’s environment. It is highly trafficked because the feathers and inner organs serve as medicine,’’ he said.
Dr Vincent Isegbe, Director General, NAQS, also noted that one of his organisation’s  mandate was‘ to track the in and out of illegal animals’.
Isegbe, who was represented by Dr Yunisa Dakat of NAQS, said that the confiscated parrot was arrested and detained in Lagos for lack of document.
“If our officers discover you don’t have the right documents attached to the animal to travel with, they will confiscate the animal.
“This parrot was seized at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos. The people don’t have the document of the bird so we confiscated it and brought it to the parks for keeps,’’ he said.
Also, Yohanna Saidu, Wildlife Conservation Service, commended NAQS for doing its job and taking the pain to move the parrot from Lagos to Abuja for proper management.
According to him, such gesture and collaboration among relevant agencies would help Nigeria to redeem her image globally.
Dr Muhtari Aminu-Kano, Director-General, Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF), said the gesture showed that government enforcement agencies were working.
“It sent a message to the would be perpetrators that they will be caught and prosecuted. It will reduce wildlife crime in the nation.
“CITES is an international treaty drawn up in 1973 to protect wildlife against over-exploitation.
“It also has the mandate to prevent international trade from threatening species with extinction. Endangered species is a species of animal or plant that is seriously at risk of extinction,” he said.

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