By: Mayen Etim
KADUNA, North-West, Nigeria – A Climatologist, Nuruddeen Bello, has said all hands must be on deck to save lives, aquatic animals and living organisms against the threat of air and water pollutions due to irrational human activities.
He made the assertion during an interactive sesson with the Global Youth Climate Action Initiative also known as Climate Action Group in Kaduna on Monday, July 20, 2020.
According to him, problems of climate change needed to be addressed to save mankind and other living organisms from increasing threat caused by high temperature, new diseases, and ecological challenges.
“The amount of trash in Nigeria is astonishingly increasing. The Federal and State Governments must support recycling companies with innovative technology to combat wastes that are causing flooding and other environmental challenges to the environments.
“All environmental NGOs and CSOs including volunteers should carry out more campaigns to rural areas and residents alone industrial to save them from hazardous chemicals they inhail daily in the area,” he stressed.
Bello, who is also a Director of a Non-Governmental Organization, African Climate Reporters, noted that desertification, deforestation and soil erosions are on the increase particularly in the northern part of the country due to high demands on firewood, charcoal and extraction of rocks for buildings.
He disclosed that his organization usually organized annual scientific and climate change conference for West African Journalists and scientists where they are trained on reporting climate change, sciences and general ecology.
He said this year’s edition will take place in August in Kaduna, but only Journalists and scientists from Nigeria would attend due to the Covid 19 pandemic.
Also speaking, the Public Relations Officer of Climate Action Group, Kaduna office, Ismail Sani, expressed happiness for the meeting with African Climate Reporters for the fisrt time.
He said his organization has been involved with lots of activities like educating, enlightening and informing the public on issues related to climate change and tree planting campaigns in the state.
Sani also said that his organization has carried out advocacy to agencies concerned for supports in form of raising more awareness to both rural and urban settlers across the 23 Local Government Areas of the state.
He urged the women to embraced renewable energy for cooking to reduce the number of deaths due to smoke from firewood or charcoals.
At the end of the meeting, the two organizations agreed to partner on sensitizing the general public on health implications of environmental pollutions, climate change, and ways to avert flooding.