Environmentalists advocate for ecosystem restoration, urge young people to save the planet – Blueprint Newspapers Limited
The Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF) has called for ecosystem restoration challenging the country’s youth to help save the planet.
The event was held at the Lekki Conservation Center in Lagos and was broadcast on Zoom, Instagram, YouTube and Facebook as part of efforts to mobilize young Nigerians to stand up and defend classes that will promote restoration ecosystems.
NCF organized a hybrid event to mark the 19th edition of the Chief SL Edu Memorial Lecture with the theme: “Youth and Ecosystem Restoration”.
Senior Director, Youth Leadership Program, African Wildlife Foundation, Ms. Simangele Msweli, has led other young environmentalists, such as Ms. Omobola Eko; Mr. Abubakar Muhammad and Ms. Nella Duke Ekpeyong.
In his presentation, Msweli said the world needs urgent restoration of the ecosystem that has been degraded for so long. She identified the poor implementation of policies and strategic action programs in African countries due to poor leadership, corruption and non-integration of young people.
In his opening remarks, the chairman of the board, NCF chief Philip Asiodu, who also served as chairman of the memorial conference, observed that “our forest reserves have been depleted considerably by 35%. at 3%, thus depriving animals of their natural habitat which could potentially harm the human environment.
Chief Asiodu expressed concern that “when we look at our environment today, especially the people who lived before independence, we will be moved to tears at the level of degradation, loss of areas wetlands, desertification and the rapid disappearance of forests “. He insisted that immediate action be taken to end this in order to leave a legacy of stopping and reversing the loss – a legacy of total ecosystem restoration; a legacy of saving our world.
In a similar vein, NCF National Executive Board Chairman Chief Ede Dafinone said, “This year’s topic is very important to us as we seem to have severed our relationship with the ecosystem, with the land and with the planet. We plunder and pollute nature’s resources, treating our planet as a dumping ground for plastic and other waste. It has been projected that we could lose a million species over the next few decades if we don’t act now. Unfortunately, there is no planet B we can travel to in the future. “
However, he added, “There are certain actions we can take, starting today, individually and collectively to recreate our relationship with the planet and restore our ecosystem.
In his speech, NCF Director General Dr Muhtari Aminu-Kano called on young Africans to take the wheel of the Decade Global Ecosystem Restoration Project 2021-2030.
According to him, “young people have the energy, the technical knowledge and the information at their disposal to make a significant contribution to the restoration of the environment”.
Mr. Esimaje Brikinn, Managing Director of Politics, Government and Public Affairs of Chevron Nigeria Limited, also revealed that his organization is transparently committed to advancing a low carbon future that meets global needs. of all, thanks to an affordable and reliable price and always cleaner energy to achieve a more prosperous and sustainable world.