Fame Foundation has urged the federal government to take immediate action in addressing the ongoing climate disaster affecting the nation.
The Executive Director of the Foundation, Aderonke Ogunleye-Bello, who made the call in Abuja at the weekend during the “Green Ball Walk for Climate Change,” further expressed concern that citizens residing in specific locations such as rural communities, refugee camps, slums and underserved communities were already at high risk of climate change.
Ahead of the Conference of Parties COP27 coming up from November 8 to 10, Aderonke called on the federal government to take immediate action to address the ongoing climate disaster affecting the nation.
She also urged the delegates to the upcoming COP27 in Egypt to examine the country’s climate situation objectively and make decisions that would benefit the country, particularly the most vulnerable and impacted.
“We urge the political candidates running in the upcoming general elections in 2023 to address climate change in their manifestoes.
“The government at every level; federal, state and local must play a role in tackling climate change.
“Aside from our health, our ability to generate food, safety, shelter and employment are all impacted by climate change. Research predicts that between 2030 and 2050, hunger, malaria, diarrhea, and heat stress will be responsible for an additional 250,000 deaths.
“While governments with the power and money to address the climate emergency drag their feet, vulnerable groups and communities are paying the deadly price of climate inaction.
“Alongside the recently established climate change council, Nigeria has written and signed policies and treaties to tackle climate change. However, the implementation of these existing policies is relatively poor,” she said.