by Juliana K. Tauna, Kaduna
Following the increase in climate change due to human activities in the country, stakeholders on Monday, 20th July, 2020, met to deliberate on ways to reduce environmental pollution and hazardous chemicals in Kaduna.
Director of African Climate Reporters (a non-governmental organization), Comrade Nurudden Bello, while speaking during the meeting said industrial and manufacturing processes create solid and hazardous wastes that are really very harmful to all living organisms in an environment.
The interactive meeting with Global Youth Climate Action Initiative “Climate Action Group,” was held in Kaduna with his organization at Nigerian Union of Journalists’ chapel, Kaduna state branch on Monday.
According to him, all hands must be on deck to save human beings, aquatic animals and the rest of living organisms within the environment against the threat of air and water pollution due to irrational activities of human beings.
“Climate change is a global burden, which needs to be addressed, in order to save all mankind from the increasing threat of high temperatures, new diseases, and other ecological challenges that are affecting human and living organisms in the environment,” he noted.
Comrade Bello, who is a science-climatologist, stressed that there are many
problems associated with environmental pollution, which need to be addressed to save all mankind from new diseases and pandemic that are threatening the existence of human beings.
He said, the amount of waste in Nigeria increases at an astonishing rate; hence the need for both the federal and state govts to support recycling companies and industries with innovative technology to combat trash and waste that are causing flood and other environmental challenges to the community.
Bello noted that, “Desertification, deforestation, soil erosion and gully erosion are on the high increase in the northern region of the country due to high demand of firewood and charcoal business and the extraction of rocks and stones for building new houses.
“Many wild animals in most of the forestry are forced into migrating to other regions for safety as a result of miners that are extracting coal and other natural resources in the region.”
The science-climatologist gave brief that, his organization usually organizes annual scientific and climate change conferences for West African journalists and scientists, and the next conference would be hosted next month in Kaduna with journalists and scientists from Nigeria alone, due to the noble Covid-19 pandemic.
Comrade Bello revealed that, journalists would be trained on various ways to report climate change, zoonocis diseases, science reporting, and general ecology.
He also noted that plastic pollution is another major environmental problem that is affecting most of the communities due to lack of technology to transform the waste into other domestic objects.
“Problems of waste management in Nigeria need to be attended to, in order to create favorable and safe living conditions for the citizens of the country,” Bello said.
He called on all environmental NGOs and CSOs with volunteer to take more campaigns to rural communities and residences along industrial areas, in order to save them from hazardous chemicals they perceive on daily basis.
Responding, the public relations officer of Climate Action Group, Kaduna branch, Comrade Ismail Sani, expressed happiness for meeting African Climate Reporters for the first time.
He said, his organization has been doing a lot in terms of educating, enlightening and informing the public on issues related to trees planting campaign in the state.
He pointed out clearly that, they have sensitized hundreds of people in the state about climate change and the environment, and that they have taken many advocacy to necessary agencies to support in terms of raising more awareness to both rural and urban settlers across the 23 local governments of the state.
Sani ended by drawing the attention of the public on the importance of planting trees in this raining season, so as to save the environment against all forms of environmental challenges that are threatening the existence of human and aquatics animals.
He equally called on women to embrace renewable energies so as to reduce the numbers of deaths due to smoke from firewood or charcoal.