Lagos State Government has taken the advocacy on impacts of climate change to youths with a clarion call for urgent and drastic actions in mitigating the overbearing effects on the environment.
Speaking at a seminar organised at the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry Conference Centre at Alausa, the State Commissioner for the Environment and Water Resources, Mr. Tunji Bello said the programme was meant to catch them young and sensitise the youths towards adopting environmental sustainability as a way of life.
He emphasised that by being a pro-active government, Lagos has implemented its resolutions in the areas of Intensive Advocacy, Annual Massive Tree Planting Exercises, and construction of effective drainage channels to curtail flood, improve waste management complemented with recycling programmes and exploration of Renewable Energy Sources amongst others.
The Commissioner, represented by the Permanent Secretary, Office of the Environment, Mrs. Aderonke Odeneye, added that “The impact of climate change could result in problems with food security and may threaten livelihood activities upon which much of the population depends. In other words, reduction in food production would affect wellbeing and productivity”.
Analysing the concept of climate change, Bello said the mounting pressure on natural resources, dwindling wildlife, rising world population and various forms of pollution call for immediate change towards the environment and water resources, noting that as a result, the Ministry created the Environmental Education Department with the responsibility of dealing with all environmental infraction issues and sustainability.
The Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Environment, Mr. Segun Samuel said the Climate Change Sensitisation programme became necessary so as to educate the younger ones from an early age about the importance of greening in the society and why they must make it a way of life.
He added that the Lagos State Government is determined to take the sensitisation to various schools across the State in order to continually get the support of the future generations towards environmental sustainability.
The Guest Lecturer, a renowned Environmentalist, Mr. Ayo Tella, took the students through lectures on the concept, impacts and preventive measures to ensure a safe planet.
One of the participants, Miss Blessing Saheed from Omole Senior Secondary School, said the programme was educative and promised to desist from various activities that can destroy the ozone layer.
“ I will go back to educate my colleagues, neighbours and family members to stop cooking with firewood, to stop bush burning, to stop waste burning in order to save the environment from being destroyed further”, she assured.
The seminar had in attendance students and teachers from the State’s Six Education Districts and selected private schools with the pupils getting a reassurance on the
re-emergence of the Climate Change Clubs in schools, while members will be the Environmental Ambassadors of the State.