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Climate Change: ‘Africa May Lose 180m People By 2100’

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African  Women under the aegis of African Women Uniting for Energy Food And Climate  Change have said that the current trend  on climate  change, if not checked may lead to the premature death of over 180 million Africans in the contiment by 2100.
This was  contained  in a publication titled;  “African  Women Unite Against Destructive  Resources Extraction” a copy made available to The Tide  in Port Harcourt.
The report blamed climate change for the rising sea level, increasing rate of  erosion,  drought and water  scarcity across the continent.
It described women as the greatest causalities of climate change, as rising sea level  is having negative impacts on the forest lakes, seas and agricultural land.
“Rising  sea level, all of  which have negative impacts on the forests, lakes seas and land that women depend upon for their productive  activities and residential life.
“And it is women, because of the patriarchal -capitalist division of labour and our greater responsibility for agricultural production and other domestic activities,” the women said.
The report  also blamed the increasing trend in climate change on the failures of the convention   on climate change conference of the parties (cop) to deliver binding  agreements  for  emission reduction.
“The failure is mainly due to the rich  countries that carry historical liability for a looming climate change catastrophe.
The women also called for a reduction in the exploration and exploitation of fossil fuel, stressing that this is not only contributing to the pollution of the environment but has led to the militarization of communities and societies in the country.
“Our governments and economic elite work hand  in hand  with transnational capital to exploit our planetary wealth for profit.
“This also leads to the   militarization of our communities and societies  as the politicians deploy the police and military against those resisting the theft of  our   land and the destruction of our eco-systems and livelihood”.
It said that women across Africa are reporting more of sexual harassment, bodily strip and searches and rape by security men of the state  as well private security  firms of multi-national corporations  “poor  communities and women carry the negative impacts of energy production, yet we do not  enjoy its benefit.
“Transmission lines carry   energy from major hydro dams and coal fired power stations past  communities to the energy corporations, mining  companies,  smellers  and industries in the global  north and parts  of the  south” it said  without even thinking of extending electricity to host communities, Reacting to the publication in a telephone  interview with The Tide, the Executive  Director of Women Initiative  on Climate Change,  Miss Emem Okon  said that  a lot of pressures have  been  brought on member nations of the united nations since 2016 to adopt a friendly attitude  towards climate  change.
Okon also said that  the Kebet kache  women Development  Centre has also embarked on climate change awareness  campaigns  across the Niger Delta.
She said that the  campaign  has been done in Erema”, River state Ughelli Delta State and  Ibeno in Akwa-Ibom State, adding that the campaign was to bring pressure  to on the Nigerian Government  to implement policies that  well  reduce  the impacts of fossil fuel  emission on the environment.

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We’re Hopeful Of Passage Of Water Resources Bill -Minister

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The Minister of Water Resources, Mr Suleiman Adamu, has expressed hope over the passage of the National Water Resources Bill before the National Assembly.
Adamu expressed the optimism while answering questions on the sidelines of a two-day training for Water Resources Correspondents, Editors, and News Analysts in the Nigerian Water Sector’  with theme, ‘Reporting Water in its Perspective’.
The Tide source reports that the training is to build capacity of reporters on water resources sector by having deep knowledge of terminologies and issues in the water sector.
The Tide also recalls that the Bill, which was introduced in the 8th Assembly, caused outrage as some Nigerians interpreted the law as a power grab by the federal Government.
“It is part of our roadmap as far as I am concerned. We will continue to engage with the National Assembly, now that they have come back from recess, we hope to engage.
“At the same time, we are talking to all other antagonists to allay the fears to accommodate whatever apprehension. We are very confident that we’ll get that bill passed,” the minister said.
He further stated that it was wrong for a section of Nigerians to completely criticize and condemn the whole Bill instead of pointing out areas that needs to be reconsidered.
“It doesn’t make sense if you have problem with the Bill; identify the key issue or problem if there is need for amendment instead to completely condemn just because of one or two items you are not satisfied with.
“In the National Assembly, you have public hearing, and we will still go back,” the minister said.

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Community Residents Flay Dumping Of Sachets, Bottles In Drainages

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Some residents of Eneka Community in Obio/Akpor  Local Government Area of Rivers State have condemned the indiscriminate dumping of water sachets and bottles in drainages and along the road in the community.
Speaking in an interview with The Tide in the community, they said the situation is not only an eyesore but responsible for incessant flooding being witnessed in the community.
Mr Chibuike Adim, indigene of Rumuoji Eneka condemned the practice, adding that it is this practice that blocked the gutters and caused flashed flooding in some areas in the community.
Adim called on the state government to save the community from the practice by constituting the tax force to check this habit.
He also said those who engaged in this practice are not only uneducated but also foolish, stressing that such people must be dealt with according to the law.
Also speaking, Miss Patience Odum also condemned the practice but added that there is no designated refuse dump site in the community.
Odum also urged for the provision of refuse receptacle in the area while the Rivers State Waste Management agency (RIWAMA) should also monitor the activities of the people.
Also speaking, Miss Alice Nsikak, a student of Rivers State University said the practice has become a big problem to the community as the entire drainages are blocked.
She stressed the need for sensitisation of the residence against the practice.
Nsikak also called on government to improve the method of refuse collection by providing waste bin to homes on the streets.
According to her, “people could be asked to pay little amount of money every month”, adding that the proposal will check the menace as well as check flash flooding in the community.
Also speaking with The Tide, Mr Ndubuise Ogom confirmed that dumping of plastic materials, refuge and pure water sachets in the drains is a very common practice in Eneka and also felt very bad about this practice.
This practice, added, must be stopped by government by promulgating laws to punish offenders. This if done, will prevent people taking part in such practice. He suggested, a fine of N1000 be slammad on those dumping refuge and plastic containers in the gutter.

By: Oribim Nyanaa Ibama, Elendu Obochi Esther & Inimgba Favour Victor

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UNESCO Laments Impending Collapse Of Biodiversity …Says Human Survival At Risk

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The United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) has raised alarm at the unprecedented speed which biodiversity is collapsing globally.
The Director-General of UNESCO Ms Audrey Azoulay, expressed this concern at the UNESCO 33rd session of the the International Coordinating Council of the Man and the Biosphere (MAB-ICC) Programme in Abuja.
Biodiversity refers to the variety of life on earth at all its levels, from genes to ecosystems, and can encompass the evolutionary, ecological, and cultural processes that sustain
The director-general said that with the impending collapse, not only was human survival at risk, but also the beauty and the diversity of the world.
She said that the collapse was from the treetops to the ocean depths and from vertebrates to invertebrates, adding that no species was spared.
“This is the spirit driving UNESCO’s Man and the Biosphere Programme. It is what makes it so pioneering and so valuable.
“We all have to stand on the earth itself and go with her at her pace. With this impending collapse, not only is human survival at risk, but also the beauty, the diversity of the world.
“But this collapse is not inevitable: there is still time to make peace with the planet,” she said.
According to her, there is the conviction that we can re-forge our relationship with nature, that we can reconcile development and environmental protection.
“We must harness the power of education to rebuild our relationship with nature. UNESCO is fully mobilised to ensure that the environment becomes a key curriculum component by 2025.
“This is in line with the commitment made by the 80th governments we gathered at the Berlin conference last May.
UNESCO, a custodian of knowledge and know-how concerning biodiversity, has been developing concrete solutions to environmental challenges for over 50 years through the MAB programme and its network of protected sites, covering nearly six per cent of the planet.
With 714 biosphere reserves in 129 countries, including transboundary sites, UNESCO seeks to reconcile humans and nature and demonstrate that it is possible to use biodiversity sustainably while fostering its conservation.
The Minister of State for Environment, Chief Sharon Ikeazor, said that the world was facing planetary crises of climate change and biodiversity loss.
According to her, this global loss of biodiversity is threatening the security of the world’s food supplies and the livelihoods of millions of people including indigenous people and local communities, especially in the African region.

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