Lagos State Government has urged residents to be proactive in the fight to end plastic pollution in the state with a view to protect and preserve the earth.
In a statement to mark the 2018 World Earth Day, the state Commissioner for the Environment, Mr. Babatunde Durosinmi-Etti, while urging Lagosians to be protective of the earth as it is a blessing to mankind, said:“The Earth is a blessing to mankind because it is our source of water, food, medicine, and shelter.”
Durosinmi-Etti explained that the World Earth Day, celebrated every April 22, was a day to appreciate and demonstrate support for environmental protection. He said it had been a flagship campaign for raising awareness on emerging environmental issues such as climate change, marine pollution, global warming, and wildlife crime, among others.
The Commissioner, who said the earth was a magnificent space with incredibly complex and vibrant ecosystem, where living organisms interact with each other and their environment to create ideal conditions for living, urged Lagosians to protect the biodiversity of the state and embrace acts that lead to the conservation of the environment.
He said the 2018 edition of the world Earth Day with the theme: “End Plastic Pollution”, was dedicated to spreading awareness about dangers of plastic pollution, adding that it was time to recognise the need to end its use through persistent advocacy.
“Plastic pollution is poisoning our waters and lands, injuring marine lives and affecting our overall health,” he said.
The Commissioner used the opportunity to appeal to Lagosians to support household and community recycling with the reuse of plastic related materials to reduce the effect of plastic pollution on the environment.
Meanwhile, to commemorate the 2018 World Environment Day on June 5, the state has initiated an Environmental Award tagged: ‘’Lagos Green Award’’, to recognise and honour individual, groups and organisations that have contributed to the environment.
Durosinnmi-Etti explained that the award, which would be in nine different categories, was one of deliberate policies of the Akinwunmi Ambode administration to stimulate the appreciation of the environment among Lagosians.
“Our environment will be safer if we all embrace the opportunity to get involved in protecting the environment, which is the superstructure on which our civilisation rests,” he stressed.
He said members of the public could nominate deserving individuals, group or organisations whose action have directly improved the environmental resilience of Lagos State in any of the nine areas, namely environmental management, best environment practices, oil spill management, health, safety & environmental performance, waste prevention & recycling, solid waste treatment & disposal, emissions control technologies, natural resources conservation, innovation and sustainable solution.
He emphasised that the conferment of the awards will follow a competitive process as participating units would be assessed against different sets of environmental performance criteria, adding that nominations or entries for the award must clearly identify an environment initiative and how it had impacted on the state.
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