From: Biriowo Kazeem
YOUTHS across the country have called for a sustainable climate actions as part of efforts to realising Nigeria’s Nationally Determined Contributions on climate change.
The youths, specifically from the North Central region covering Nasarawa, Benue, Plateau, Kwara, Kogi, Niger and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja converged in Lafia, the Nasarawa state capital to deliberates on the sustainable solutions such that could mitigate climate change impacts, create job opportunities as a means of sustainable livelihoods and eradicate poverty.
They shared the solutions and expressed their passion for environmental sustainability at a 2-day Youth Climate Innovation Hub conference organised by United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in partnership with the Federal Ministry Environment in partnership and the International Climate Change Development Initiative (ICCDI).
The deliberations among other proffered sustainable solutions were made ahead of United Nations Climate Action Summit coming up in September this 2019.
Ayodeji Falemu, Senior Scientific Officer, Department of Climate, Federal Ministry of Environment in his presentation said the conference is to establish Youth Regional Climate Change Innovation Hub that would serve as a platform for continuous interface of young people with Government and Development partners for the implementation of practical climate solutions;
He explained that the conference is to also harvest and collate innovations and ideas that would be showcased at the UN Climate Action Summit in September 2019, from youths who are actively taking climate action and leading innovative ideas in the area of climate change across Nigeria and beyond.
Falemu however, advised the participants to put on their thinking cap as the world believes in their passion and energetic ways of driving processes to creating solution that can address climate change.
Seyifunmi Adebote, ICCDI State Coordinator, said sole aim of the meeting is to aggregate all ideas into national framework that would reflect role of the youths in addressing the climate change.
Adebote further highlighted the impacts of climate action on the nation’s population, livelihoods and lifestyle stressing that Nigerians are concentrating on the area of ‘adaptation’ which marches the size of resources like Nigeria as a developing world.
“We are stressing so much on climate adaptation because of so much of investment towards seeing how we can mitigate climate change in the developing country like Nigeria”
“Moreover, the youths have brightest ideas, they play important roles in addressing the climate change and this is the platform to share such innovative ideas and government should play a role in implementing the policies, innovations and ideas that the youths are bringing out to mitigate against climate change”. He noted.
He further advised the government to create a similar platform for the youths to showcase the resourcefulness of young people such that they could come up with solutions for government which already have the power, policies and financial strength to influence and address climate change.
Other individual participants made laudable suggestions that could help reduce climate change impact.
Mahmood Mohammed, an environment expert from Abuja identified resilience as one of the key factors when it comes to climate change, “so whatever you do, it should be adaptive as the theme of this conference is innovation.”
“This should be part of us and we need to start acting, there’s no need to wait for the government but use the little resources you have around you to achieve the goal against climate change”. He advised.