A group under the aegis of Youth Climate Incubation Hub for South-South zone has called on the three tiers of government to engage in the planting of economic crops, trees and mangrove reclamation as part of efforts to fight the effect of climate change
The youth in a communique after the two-day regional meeting facilitated by Health of the Mother Earth Foundation (HOMEF), an ecological think-tank and advocacy organization in Port Harcourt, said proactive measures must be put in place by the Nigerian government to tackle issues of climate change.
They agreed that eco-friendly technological solutions, including Apps to map vulnerable and non-vulnerable areas to climate change impact and solar panels should be more affordable for the people.
While also calling for the generating of biogas from household biodegradable waste and bio-digester, the group saod efforts should be geared towards the recycling of plastic bottles, reuse and conversion to other products.
They called for massive and creative advocacy campaigns on the impact of climate change saying that climate change education should be included in school curriculum at the various levels of learning in the country.
According to them, amplification of youth voices and harnessing their creative ideas on climate change, strengthening existing structures to integrate women and marginalized groups participation in all levels in climate action in Nigeria was needful.
They, however, lamented the non-implementation of extant environmental laws and policies which continues to serve as a major setback in the fight for a safe climate in Nigeria; adding that there is a major need to create more awareness among the Nigeria citizenry.
HOMEF director, Nnimmo Bassey, underscored the importance of the Youth Roundtable on Climate Action, saying it would unlock youth innovativeness in Nigeria’s climate action. He emphasized that young people have the brightest ideas for solving problems of climate change in Nigeria.