On Saturday, climate activists under the platform of Advocacy for Peace and Raising Awareness for Sustainable Development marched to Anambra State Secretariat, Awka to demand action on climate change from of the Governor, Professor Chukwuma Soludo.
PASDO’s march was intended to commemorate World Environment Day entitled “One Earth”.
World Environment Day is celebrated on June 5 every year.
Speaking to our correspondent, Organizing Secretary Chidimma Uwakwe said the aim of the outreach was to get the attention of the state governor and inspire him to take seriously the adaptation to climate change.
Uwakwe lamented that Anambra, over the years, has suffered the worst impacts of climate change without making efforts to access international climate change adaptation funds to help address the issues.
According to the group, climate change adaptation funds are funds that developing countries could access to help them combat the impacts of climate change in their regions.
Uwakwe said, “It is sad that Anambra State is suffering the worst impacts of climate change in Nigeria and Africa but is making no effort to access international climate change adaptation funds to help address it. The problems.
“That’s what we want to change. We have with us a guest expert on climate change who is to give a lecture to the honorable commissioner later.
During the conference, the climate change expert, Elochukwu Ezenekwe, insisted on the phenomenon of climate change; how it might be addressed and how its negative impacts intersect with the work of most state government departments.
Ezenekwe also discussed the concept of climate justice and informed participants that climate change adaptation funds could be accessible to developing countries to help them deal with the impacts of climate change in their regions.
He therefore instructed the governor to set a goal of securing up to $20 million in climate change adaptation funds for the people of the state during his tenure.
He said, “It’s something we can do. The governor shouldn’t be afraid to set a lofty goal and challenge the experts to work.
When there was a lack of funds to hire the right human capital, Ezenekwe volunteered to help, saying he had worked in various international organizations, including the world’s largest climate change research organization – the Group United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.
Speaking on behalf of the Environment Commissioner, Felix Odimegwu, the Ministry’s Permanent Secretary, Dr EmmanUde-Akpeh commended the group for the noble thought of bringing such an important issue to the attention of the government of State.
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