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Climate Change: NGO charges religious, traditional institutions on effective awareness

The Global Initiative for Food Security and Ecosystem Preservation (GIFSEP), an NGO, has urged traditional and religious leaders to come together to create effective awareness of the impact of climate change in the country.

Mr. David Terungwa, Executive Director of the NGO, made the call on a book launch and capacity building in schools on climate change on Thursday in Abuja.

The book, entitled “Understanding Climate Change, A Guide for Schools in Nigeria,” was written by Terungwa, in support of the organization’s staff.

Terungwa said the organization selected about 13 government high schools in the FCT, to showcase hands-on activities, focusing on how to address environmental challenges.

He said the goal of capacity building was also to apply some practical actions on better ways to tackle climate change, which remained major environmental challenges in the country.

According to him, the most important thing is that our religious and traditional institutions must be committed to creating effective awareness about the impact of climate change in the country.

“You know that our people respect our traditional and religious leaders in the country so much, so imagine when they join hands and step up to speak on these issues, they will move forward to address the challenge.

“We need a lot of awareness because it is the only way that climate change problems can be solved, there is not much awareness that is enough, we have to continue to create more awareness in people in our own way.

“The aim of the school exhibition is to let the children know the impact of climate change, think of the best ways to solve the problems and then come up with their own ideas.

“So, we feel that through children, climate change and other environmental changes can be addressed, which is the main reason we decided to use them,” he said.

Terumgwa said that what motivated the organization to publish the book was that young people were an important instrument in addressing climate change in the country.

He said the book focuses primarily on young people to enable them to apply climate change issues in their activities both in their various homes, schools and other places around them.

However, he called on other relevant stakeholders to support the government to create effective awareness on climate change, as well as to make more efforts to provide strategies to address other environmental problems in the country.

Ms. Ibironke Olubamise, National Coordinator, Global Environmental Facilities, (GEF) / Small Grants Program, said the purpose of the program was to empower students on the impact of climate change.

“The idea is that they are the leaders of tomorrow, so if they come up with the idea now, it will be easier for them to manage or tackle climate change even in the future to come.

Olubamise said the goal of launching the book was to make environmental issues part of the schools’ curriculum, adding that the effort would help address environmental challenges.

In addition, Mr. Richard Nzekwu, a climate change specialist, who previewed the book, said that the government was creating many programs to address climate change, adding that the launch of the book would also support the government.

Nzekwu said the book was not made just to read, but to gain more knowledge that can be helpful in addressing climate change in the country.

“It is not just about reading the book, but about putting into action those things that could help mitigate the impact of climate change, the trees are also maintained.”

Teacher Chidiebere Ajah from the government high school, Gwagwa, one of the students who presented a project on how human activities affect the environment, urged Nigerians to avoid such activities that could harm the environment.

Also speaking, Ms Amarachi Igwe from the government high school, Nyanya, urged the government to collaborate with other relevant stakeholders to effectively address environmental issues in the country.

Source: NAN

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