Climate Change & the Future of Nigeria
On Morning Crossfire, Wemimo Adewuni starts with the following remarks…
Scientists are saying that we are getting to the end of the world if we don’t take it seriously, things may happen pretty fast and the world may not be able to withstand climate crisis. The UN summit for 2019 has a lot about climate change deliberations. Even the Secretary General to the UN, António Guterres of Portugal says the following:
Sheriff Quadri highlights the importance of this discussion by saying that the intention is to make Nigerians understand where the country and citizens in general stands to lose or to gain.
Furthermore, Wemimo intimates that global warming and climate change refers to increase in average global temperatures. Research has it that natural events and human activities contribute to an increase in global temperatures. Global warming has seen an increase since the mid-20th century and it is projected to continue.
Developing countries are at the receiving ends of effects of climate change because they will be the most affected by global warming. Those in Africa will suffer the effects more due to low levels of coping capabilities.
This implies that Nigeria will also be grossly affected since the country falls into the category of developing countries. Research also shows that Nigeria is plagued diverse ecological problems which have been directly linked to climate change. Scientists have observed abnormal pattern of weather in Nigeria and they claim that climate change is having an effect on desertification. In North-east Nigeria, it is already seen that climate change has started having effect on plants.
A short audio transcript of UN secretary general, António Guterres of Portugal is played:
Make no mistake, when we see those images, we are not just seeing damage.
We are seeing the future --- if we do not act now.
Someone asked me the other day, doesn’t all of this make you despair?
My answer was a clear and resounding no.
I am hopeful.
And I am hopeful because of you.
This is not a climate talk summit. We have had enough talk.
This is not a climate negotiation summit because we don’t negotiate with nature.
This is a climate action summit.
From the beginning, I said the ticket to entry is not a beautiful speech, but concrete action.
And you are here with commitments. Governments are here to show you are serious about enhancing Nationally Determined Contributions under the Paris Agreement.
Cities and businesses are here showing what leadership looks like, investing in a green future.
Financial actors are here to scale-up action and deploy resources in fundamentally new and meaningful ways.
And coalitions are here with partnerships and initiatives to move us closer to a resilient, carbon-neutral world by 2050.
I am very grateful to the leaders and members of the 9 wide-ranging coalitions that worked with great creativity and passion so that we can all get the most out of this Summit.
And young people – above all, young people – are here providing solutions, insisting on accountability, demanding urgent action.
They are right.
My generation has failed in its responsibility to protect our planet. That must change.
The climate emergency is a race we are losing, but it is a race we can win.
The climate crisis is caused by us – and the solutions must come from us.
We have the tools: technology is on our side.
President Muhammadu Buhari was also there at the 74th Session of UNGA and he gave a speech on what Nigeria has been doing and is still doing to mitigate the effect of climate change. A short audio reveals the following statement from him:
The looming danger of climate change
On climate change Nigeria stands resolutely with the international community in observing agreed carbon emission targets which I signed in 2015. We have since issued two sovereign Green Bonds and have added an additional 1 million hectares of forested land taking our total forest coverage to 6.7% through collective national effort.
As we advocate and strive for inclusion within our societies, we must also ensure inclusion prevails in our collective action as members of International Community. That is why we support the expansion of the Security Council to reflect the diversity and dynamics of the 21st Century.
Greta Thunberg, a 16 year-old school girl also made a speech which is also played in part on this Morning Crossfire show:
This is all wrong. I shouldn't be up here. I should be back in school on the other side of the ocean. Yet, you all come to us young people for hope. How dare you!
You have stolen my dreams and my childhood with your empty words and yet I'm one of the lucky ones. People are suffering. People are dying. Entire ecosystems are collapsing. We are in the beginning of a mass extinction and all you can talk about is money and fairytales of eternal economic growth. How dare you!
For more than 30 years, the science has been crystal clear. How dare you continue to look away and come here saying that you're doing enough when the politics and solutions needed are still nowhere in sight.
You say you hear us and that you understand the urgency, but no matter how sad and angry I am, I do not want to believe that. Because if you really understood the situation and still kept on failing to act then you would be evil and that I refuse to believe.
The popular idea of cutting our emissions in half in 10 years only gives us a 50 percent chance of staying below 1.5 degrees and the risk of setting off irreversible chain reactions beyond human control.
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Written by Jude Chukwuemeka