Sanwo-Olu, minister seek proactive action against climate change
Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, yesterday, urged a proactive action that would protect humanity against the effect of climate change.
He spoke, yesterday, at the opening session of the Eighth Lagos International Climate Change Summit with the theme: “Adapting Health, Energy, Agriculture, Transportation and Waste Infrastructure to the Long-Term Impact of Climate Change in Lagos.”
Sanwo-Olu, who launched the state’s Climate Action Plan (CAP) at the event, urged action to mitigate the impact of climate change, which he said, was evident for all to see.
The world, he said, was at a point where climate change is not a territorial threat but a common phenomenon.
According to him, it is imperative to address the pertinent issues of climate change because of its pivotal impact on the key economic area of agriculture, health and sustainable socio-economic growth.
He reiterated that the world faces an environmental emergency, which leads to the deprivation of food, water and other necessary resources needed for humankind to survive.
He said Nigerians must do everything necessary to save the environment and mitigate the adverse effect of climate change, as well as make the climate more liveable for all.
ALSO, the Minister of Environment, Mr. Mohammad Abubakar, noted the danger of climate change and its attendant consequences, stressing that its adverse impact is on the rise as well as threatening human existence globally.
The minister, who was represented by Federal Controller for Environment, Mrs. Oluwatoyin Agboola, said the Federal Government, through the Ministry of the Environment, had joined the global communities in tackling the challenges of climate as well as adapting greenhouse solutions and adaptations.
He noted that President Muhammadu Buhari recently approved the revised national climate change policy and the national climate change programme for Nigeria to capture ongoing input not reflected in the previous policy.
The programme action plan, he said, would run through 2021-2030.
He implored Nigerians to do everything possible to use the carbon footprints and adopt sustainability for the sake of generation yet unborn.
Earlier, Lagos Commissioner of the Environment and Water Resources, Mr. Tunji Bello, said the Lagos International Climate Change Summit since its inception in 2009 had become a melting pot for researchers, investors, academicians and stakeholders in the environment and economic sectors where notable decisions and actions were taken.
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