Some Civil Society Groups say they will engage road transport workers on “Beat Air Pollution” to celebrate the 2019 World Environment Day. Mrs. Elizabeth Jeyiol, the Executive Director, Gender and Environmental Risk Reduction Initiative (GERI) disclosed this on Wednesday in Abuja.
She said “world Environment Day is celebrated yearly on June 5, so some of us led by GERI in collaboration with CSDevNet and the African Clean-Up Initiative (ACI) will create awareness on how to beat air pollution.
We have identified road transport workers today as important stakeholders in the move to beat air pollution.
We have scheduled to hold the awareness campaign at Wurukum Park, Makurdi – Benue State, to be hosted by leaders of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) in the state”.
Jeyiol also mentioned other members of the coalition that will join in the campaign to include Climate Change and Amelioration Initiative (ECCAI) among others.
Jeyiol also said that a recent publication by WHO indicates that urban outdoor air pollution has increased by about 8 per cent between 2008 and 2013.
“The Studies have also revealed that vehicular emissions are the highest point source contributors of carbon dioxide in developing cities.
So, our group is working with all stakeholders to keep our environment clean and safe for all, ” she assured.