Uchechukwu Agbanusi, a environmental expert, has suggested that only effective engagement as well as climate education would help Nigerians imbibe solid environmental practices.
Agbanusi said this was vital in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs),
He made this observation at a virtual Lagos state Nigeria Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) workshop organized by the Global Environmental & Climate Conservation Initiative in collaboration with the POP Movement.
Agbanusi, who is also a public analyst, said the importance of practicing and embracing the philosophies of sustainability is becoming a greater priority for communities due to the impacts of climate change, declining water supply and species biodiversity, and our ecological footprint.
Burning fossil fuels, are leading to increased levels of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, which in turn amplify the natural greenhouse effect, causing the temperature of the Earth’s atmosphere, ocean and land surface to increase. Deforestation – because living trees absorb and store carbon dioxide. Natural systems around the world are being affected by regional climate changes, particularly temperature increases, and that these temperature increases are very likely to be the result of anthropogenic emissions of greenhouse gases. Human health is vulnerable to climate change. The changing environment is expected to cause more heat stress, an increase in waterborne diseases, poor air quality, and diseases transmitted by insects and rodents. Extreme weather events can compound many of these health threats.Uchechukwu Agbanusi, Environmental Expert
On the role of the media in environmental reporting, Agbanusi said the perceptions of the larger Nigerian society to the environment, could be influenced through a specially-designed enlightenment road map.
He added that media organizations must be encouraged to relay information affecting the physical environment, social, emotional, mental and moral development of the people so as to reduce environmental exploitation and despoliation of the resources of the natural world.
“Environmental exploitation is a significant structuring agent in a diverse range of ecosystem from small freshwater ponds to ocean basins, however, over exploitation could as well be a principal stressor in that environment, which needs to be sustainably managed. Unfortunately, many journalists lack the ability to source for empirical data to determine the challenges posed by the over-exploitation of the environment in a particular system, hence, they shy away from reporting on those very important aspects of the environment that are seriously affecting man.”Uchechukwu Agbanusi, Environmental Expert
The passionate Environmental Expert said informed publics, if properly guided, would inculcate such values to their lives and their everyday practices.
It brought together participants governments, inter-governmental organizations, the private sector, academia and civil society.
The workshop served as a precursor to the International Conference and POP Festival for Youth-Led Climate Action, 2021 which will take place from June 5-10, 2021.