Stakeholders in the Environment sector have called for collective efforts towards mitigating the effects of climate change. They made this call during The National Consultations on Pre-Conference of Parties(COP 25) Workshop organised by Climate & Sustainable Development Network (CSDevNet) in Abuja.
Dr. Uzodinma Adirieje, President, Society for Conservation and Sustainability of Energy and Environment in Nigeria, said that humans were the most affected by climate change.
Adirieje, therefore , said it was important for everyone to collectively protect the environment and mitigate the impact of climate change.
He said more than half of the SDGs were linked to climate change which showed how important is was to tackle the issue.
“We are at a big cross road in human development. Everything nature has bestowed on us is at war with human beings.
From the technologies we apply to the pollution we are all inhaling, to the refuse scattered around both degradable and bio- degradable, to the generators we use and vehicles that carry us around.
We are tampering with our environmental equilibrium especially our climate.”
He said Nigeria must embrace renewable energy, embrace green economy, green environment and green energy which would help reduce the impact of climate change, .
Mr. Ochuko Odibo, from the REDD+ secretariat urged participants and Nigerians to come up with nature based solutions , build resilience and adaptation measures.
According to him Reducing Emissions From Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+) is a nature based solution designed by a student, we use trees to engage and teach people and it has been a successful programme under the UN.
Dr. Pricilia Achakpa, Founder, Women Environment Programme, said CSOs involvement in climate change activities was key because they provide oversight to the government.
Achakpa said that nobody was linking the issues such as flooding, herders and farmers clashes, Boko haram, draught and experienced in different regions in the country to climate change.
Mr Atayi Babs, National Co-ordinator, CSDevNet, said the time to take action was now if ” we want to leave a better planet for our children”
Babs represented by Samuel Jinadu, Programme Officer, CSDevNet urged participants to come up with local solutions to address climate change.
According to him we must know what you all are doing at the local level and in your Various communities.
” Whatever we discuss and arrive at here Will be delibrated at COP25, so your voice needs to be heard”, he said.
The workshop is being organised in collaboration with the Nigerian Civil Society Framework on Paris Agreement and SDGs (NCSFPAS) and the Pan African Climate Justice Alliance (PACJA).
Other partners are ECOWAS, Department of Climate Change, Federal Ministry of Environment and other key collaborating agencies at the national level.