GLOBAL CLIMATE CHANGE, FAITHS COMMUNITY AND THREAT TO THE LAGOS ENVIRONMENT: MAN AND HIS OBLIGATION TO CARE

More than anything else, Climate Change challenge is one that requires every human being on earth to Take Action to save the earth, to save Africa, to save Nigeria and indeed to save our darling Lagos. Lagos as a coastal city and being so populated is quite vulnerable to the threats from climate change such as sea level rising, flooding, heat wave and reduction in food production (from fishing and farming). These problems of course come with heavy toll on the health and socioeconomic well being of the people. Climate change is here with us and its effect is severe indeed. We see our coastal areas being eroded and constantly inundated by the sea and if nothing else the last flooding in Ikorodu that rendered thousands homeless and without a means of livelihood is quite instructive. Whilst we commend the efforts of the Lagos state government through the Ministry of the Environment as they work hard to rise to the challenge, it must be emphasized that all hands must come on deck to address this challenge. People must act as individuals, families, communities, businesses and governments irrespective of gender, class or creed. Unfortunately however, a recent survey by the BBC World Service Trust reveal that there is very poor awareness of climate change among Nigerians and that majority of the people do not even understand the language of climate change. The idea is to think globally but Act locally hence the need to sensitize, mobilize and empower people at the grassroots level on climate change. It is our believe that the faiths community is very crucial in educating and mobilizing people to know more and take action to combat climate change. After all, you are men and women of God, ‘the iranse Olodumare’ and your words are laws to the people because they revere you. On this note of reverence, let me welcome each and every one of you to this first in a series of seminars and programmes  put together by the Lagos state Ministry of the Environment in partnership with HEDA Resource Centre to enhance your understanding, build your capacity and enlist your support in finding and implementing solutions to climate change.

1st LAGOS SEMINAR ON CLIMATE CHANGE AND THE FAITHS COMMUNITY

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