CoP27: NGYouthSDGs advocate greater engagement on climate change and biodiversity

Mister Kehinde Akinsolathe kwara Champion, Nigeria youth SDGs network (NGYouthSDGs) has advocated for greater engagement and collaboration to address the issues of climate change and biodiversity loss in Nigeria

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Akinsola said this at the CoP27 Youth Leadership Workshop held in Ilorin on Thursday.

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He said the world has come a long way in fighting climate change and its negative impact on the planet.

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“We are now able to better understand the science behind it
Better assess climate change, its impacts and develop tools to address its causes and consequences.

“At Nigeria Youth SDGs we believe young people are empowered to address these issues that are currently devastating our country in terms of participation in policy discussions and implementation frameworks.

“We believe young people have the capacity to drive the dramatic changes our future requires in terms of how we live and work, and solutions for how we deal with the challenges of climate change, pollution, flooding and biodiversity loss handle them while driving effective change.

“We implement them COP27 Leadership workshop aimed at training and capacity building youth from Nigeria’s six geopolitical zones so that they develop the skills and means to participate in dialogue and express their ideas on climate issues.

“The workshop will take place in Adamawa, Kaduna, Ondokwara, anambra and rivers States,” he said.

Akinsola said the solution to climate change lies in the soil, in mind and in human skills.

He urged everyone to come together to take concrete steps in response to humanity’s greatest threat.

He said that hosting CoP27 in the green city of Sharm El-Sheikh, EgyptThis year marks the 30th anniversary of the adoption of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.

The State Commissioner for the Environment, Dr Remilekun Banigbesaid that the change in temperatures and weather patterns caused by climate change is a global phenomenon, the brunt of which is felt locally, where the capacity to cope is lacking.

Banigbe said there was a need to determine the impact of climate change on communities, design sustainable solutions, identify action plans, adopt a self-help approach, identify resource constraints for sustainable implementation, and seek funding.

“We all need to get involved in tackling climate change in our communities; In addition, young people should make a conscious effort because their future quality of life will be undermined.

“DR Adrian Ruby wrote, and I quote: “Saving the environment starts with us, and it is our responsibility to act against these terrible changes to preserve the planet for future generations”.

“Arming yourself with the above munitions will enable better engagement with world leaders at the forefront of climate action at CoP27,” she said.

The Commissioner said local action and interventions towards climate action included Green Commute.

“Cycling to work is also incredibly eco-friendly and a great way to get moving.

“Conserving energy, managing waste sustainably, and educating yourself and others can help protect the planet,” she said.

Mister Nicholas Uwerunonye One climate observer said in his presentation “Understanding and Acting on Climate Policy” that consistency is key to influencing people’s decisions to act.

Uwerunonye said that working in partnership and advocating would make people more receptive to climate action.

“Getting people to take action on climate change is like telling them to change their way of life and their norms, which will meet with some level of resistance, but with consistent and persuasive advocacy it can be achieved,” he said.

For his part Mr Azez Abubakarsaid there is a need for climate justice and education about environmental change
Azeez said there was a need to adapt and mitigate the loss and damage caused by global climate change.

DR Lawal Olohungbebe In his presentation on advocacy, he asked the participants to research and inform.

Olohungbebe said advocacy and collaboration are needed to achieve broad participation in climate action.

“Educate yourself, research what you want to talk about, get compelling data and verify it.

“Identify those to work with, consult with stakeholders and work together to achieve your advocacy goal.

“You have to understand the calendar, the mapping, the language and greetings, the dress of a community and of course identify targets for advocacy,” he said.

Some of the participants who spoke to the Nigeria News Agency said community involvement in climate action is important for universal climate change.

Mister Damilola Adebayo said: “As youngsters we understood that we have to take the future into our hands now.

“We should get involved in climate activities and environmental protection.

Mrs. Comfort Ojo said the workshop was an eye opener to the fact that climate action is everyone’s business.

“I used to think when I heard about climate change that it was a problem and a government decision, but now I realize it starts with me.

“Everyone, especially young people, should be passionate about climate action and take action to protect the environment,” she said.

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