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Emir Urges Unified Climate Action: Seminar Stresses Collective Efforts for Climate Resilience Amidst COP28 Preparations

Emir of Nasarawa Inspires Collective Climate Action: Addressing Nigeria's Environmental Challenges with COP28 Approaching
Alhaji Ibrahim Usman Jibril

Emir Urges Unified Climate Action: Seminar Stresses Collective Efforts for Climate Resilience Amidst COP28 Preparations

His Royal Highness, Alhaji Ibrahim Usman Jibril, the Emir of Nasarawa and former Minister of Environment, recently delivered a compelling message on the imperative for a unified approach to combat the multifaceted challenges posed by climate change.

The Emir shared his insights during a one-day seminar organized by Development Agenda in collaboration with the Environment Media Correspondent Association of Nigeria (EMCAN) in Abuja. This significant gathering served as a platform to engage in discussions and raise awareness about the pressing issues related to climate change.

The Emir’s emphasis on the critical importance of collective efforts in tackling this global challenge resonated strongly during the seminar. His call for unity in addressing climate change is not only inspiring but also underscores the urgency of the matter.

In his address, the Emir highlighted several environmental concerns facing Nigeria, including desert encroachment, oil pollution, flooding, land encroachment, deforestation, and more.

He astutely connected these challenges to long-term temperature changes, weather patterns, and temperature variations, stressing the need for a holistic and collaborative approach.

Dr. Ibrahim Goni, the Conservator General (CG) of the National Park Service (NPS) and chairman of the event, echoed the Emir’s sentiments, urging all relevant parties to actively participate in the fight against climate change.

He specifically called for increased tree planting initiatives and extended support for the Environment Media Correspondents in Nigeria (EMCAN) to enhance awareness.

Dr. Goni drew attention to recent atmospheric changes, emphasizing the stark reality of climate change and the approval of over ten new National Parks by the 9th National Assembly, contributing to carbon sequestration.

Efforts to mitigate the consequences of climate change were discussed, with the Federal Government’s initiatives, such as planting 25 million trees and engaging in carbon mediation, highlighted by the Conservator-General. These initiatives represent a proactive stance towards environmental sustainability.

Mr. Paddy Ezeala, Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Development Agenda Magazine, underscored the significance of the seminar in shedding light on climate change issues in Nigeria, particularly with the upcoming COP28 in Dubai.

As the world prepares for this crucial climate conference, the seminar played a crucial role in fostering awareness and understanding of Nigeria’s preparedness and contributions.

Oluyomi Banjo, the United Nations Industrial Development Organization’s (UNIDO) program coordinator, acknowledged the vital role of the media in disseminating crucial messages about climate change.

He expressed gratitude to EMCAN for their continuous efforts and stressed the importance of leaders taking proactive measures to address climate change. The media’s role in shaping public opinion and influencing policy decisions was highlighted as a powerful tool for mobilizing action.

EMCAN Chairman Amechi Chuks Oyema provided insights into the seminar’s objectives, emphasizing its role in assessing Nigeria’s readiness for COP28. He reiterated the importance of media practitioners in spreading awareness and facilitating meaningful climate action.

The media, as a bridge between policymakers and the public, plays a pivotal role in translating climate-related information into actionable insights for the broader community.

As Nigeria and other West African countries grapple with the severe effects of climate change, the seminar underscored the crucial role of collective action and media involvement in addressing this global challenge.

The discussions and insights shared during the event contribute to the broader narrative on climate change, emphasizing the need for concerted efforts at local, national, and global levels to build a sustainable and resilient future for all.

 


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