The Director of Environmental Services in Lagos State Ministry of Environment, Mrs Ronke Odeneye has advised the state’s residents to change their lifestyles aspart of efforts to address the issues of global warming and environmental degradation.
Odeneye told Journalists in Lagos that a change in a lifestyle was necessary to maintain a more sustainable environment.
“We hold the ace individually to indulge in positive ways of living that will make a difference in the society.
“It is important for us to improve our lifestyles by exercising, planting more trees and use less toxic things.
“Basically, it is a wake-up call to ethical responsibility for everyone to be more aware of how they live to send a positive message to the upcoming generations,” she said.
The Director said she recently participated in a clean-up exercise organised by the Junior Chamber International in Lagos and was happy that some youths were interested in cleaning up the environment.
“It is a good thing, because youths are people that we will be handing over the baton to.
“A clean environment leads to a clean life, and the vision of the ministry is to have a flood-free, hygienic city and sustainable environment for all,” she stated.
Odeneye urged residents in the state and other parts of the country to be mindful of how they go about generating wastes in their day-to-day activities.
“We should think before we buy what we need, and be mindful of how we generate wastes.
“Buying things in containers that are useful and reusable is a good way to go about reducing wastes from the source.
“Using washable bags that can be reused is better than using bags that are not biodegradable,” the Director added.