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United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres (Photo by MICHAEL TEWELDE / AFP)

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United Nations has called for commitment to restoring the planet and making peace with nature.

In his message to mark this year’s International Mother Earth Day, yesterday, UN Secretary-General, António Guterres, said the event took place as the planet was at “a tipping point” and humanity continued to abuse the natural world.

“We heedlessly plunder the Earth’s resources, deplete its wildlife and treat air, land and seas as dumping grounds. Crucial ecosystems and food chains are being pushed to the brink of collapse,” the UN chief stated.

“This is suicidal. We must end our war on nature and nurse it back to health”.

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Coincidentally, global leaders gathered, yesterday, at the leaders summit in United States to underscore the urgency of immediate and stronger climate action.

The two-day event organised by US President Joe Biden administration will be a key milestone on the road to the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) this November in Glasgow.

The secretary-general said ending the war called for “bold climate action” to limit global temperature rise to 1.5 degrees Celsius. Stronger steps to protect biodiversity, and reducing pollution and waste, are also needed.

For the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the International Day highlights the need to shift to a more sustainable economy that benefits both people and the planet.

“Nature is suffering. Australian fires, heat records and the worst locust invasion in Kenya. Now we face COVID-19, a worldwide health pandemic linked to the health of our ecosystem”.

MEANWHILE, the Federal Government has scaled up its commitment to taking action to mitigate, adapt and promote capacity for resilience to impact of climate change in the country.

Minister of State for Environment, Sharon Ikeazor, noted: “It is a day that stimulates worldwide awareness of climate change and the environment and should, therefore, enhance stronger government political commitment and massive public action to address all environmental issues.”

According to the minister, climate change represents the biggest challenge to the future of humanity and the life-support systems that make our world habitable.

She disclosed that, to mark the event in Nigeria, the ministry, like last year amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, would continue to focus on issues that enhance sustainable environment.

According to her, the Nigerian government, in fulfillment of the Paris Agreement, has developed a draft Sectorial Action Plan (SAP) for the implementation of the Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC).

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