Abuja – The European Union has called on Nigerians to adopt practices that would minimise and prevent damage to the environment.
Mr Robert Young, EU Deputy Head of Delegation to Nigeria and ECOWAS, made the call on Thursday in Abuja at a news briefing on climate change organised by the EU Commission.
He said the briefing formed part of activities to increase awareness on the need for climate change adaptation ahead of the 21st session of the Conference of Parties in Paris.
He urged Nigerians to take advantage of renewable energy sources to promote and preserve the country’s natural resources and also reduce emission of harmful gases.
“Climate change is a uniquely irreversible, uniquely global, and a uniquely uncertain problem; we have the global objective to limit global temperatures to 2°C.
“When you look at Nigeria, there is desertification in the north and rising sea levels in the south and it is a problem that is close,’’ Young noted.
He said that as a diplomat it was his duty to sensitise Nigerians on the adverse effects of climate change.
“Nigerians can make use of renewable sources of energy to deal with poverty and also do it in a way that does not harm the environment,” he said.
According to the EU official, about 150 countries globally including Nigeria had made commitments to reduce their emissions of harmful gases.
He expressed satisfaction that Nigeria had made progress in meeting its commitment to climate change mitigation.
“I know Nigeria has done a lot of work in this area and we are looking forward to it announcing its intentions in the area of reducing carbon dioxide emissions,” he said.
The deputy head of delegation said that the Paris conference would address the issue of the contributions of member countries to greenhouse gas reduction.
He added that the confab would also develop mechanisms to monitor commitments by member countries.
Addressing these issues, Young declared, would facilitate sustainable development globally.
The EU official expressed optimism that a universal and legally binding agreement would be achieved at the end of the conference in December. (NAN)