Climate change is real and there are little actions that can mitigate the effects of climate change. This is the message from REES (Renewable Energy and Environmental Sustainability) Africa as it held the second edition of its ‘Walk The Climate Change Talk’ in Ibadan.
The five-kilometre walk which held on October 20, 2018, began at Efunsetan Roundabout, Challenge area, Ibadan, Oyo State. It was aimed at sensitising residents on ways to help the planet by inculcating sustainable lifestyle practices in their day-to-day activities.
“With the effects of climate change being evident in today’s world it is saddening that most people do not necessarily know the reason for its occurrence,” said Yetunde Fadeyi, founder of REES Africa.
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“Some believe that these are signs that the world is about to end. On the contrary, climate change spans from our actions and habits: from generating greenhouse gases to inappropriate waste disposal.”
According to Fadeyi, “We have to make moves to promote the state of our planet. With collective efforts and an undying urge to make better and informed choices, we believe we can make a change.”
Strategic partners including the Oyo State Ministry of Environment and Water Resources, OYOWMA, Nigerian Conservation Foundation, Recycle Garb, Alluvia Unique Concepts, Eleven Eleven Twelve Foundation, WestAfrica ENRG, Clean Edge, Oluyole Local Government, and a number of other green organisations were in attendance and showed support in educating the masses on the subject of environmental sustainability.
The walk involved about 70 individuals who engaged the public in one-on-one sensitisation about the effects of climate change and how their little actions could influence their environment.
Flyers made from climate-friendly sources were shared carrying the message in English and Yoruba. Placards, gotten from used cartons to aid recycling, were used to communicate with persons that the climate change crusaders could not have one-on-one interaction with.
Hundreds of people, illiterates and literates alike, in the city were reached out to; most who knew nothing about climate change.
The walk came to an end at Odoona Elewe Area of Ibadan after four hours of waste picking and sensitisation on climate change.
“The advocacy for climate change can be very frustrating, but it is very critical and important that individuals take actions that ultimately alleviate the effects of climate change irrespective of status or statistics,” Fadeyi added.
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