LAGOS – An environmental activist, Mr Desmond Majekudunmi, on Friday called for concerted efforts of all stakeholders to mitigate the effect of climate change in the country.
Majekodunmi, who is the Chairman, Awareness and Fund Raising Committee of the Nigeria Conservation Foundation (NCF), made the appeal in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos.
He described climate change as a major environmental problem facing the globe, saying that Nigeria was also vulnerable to its effect.
The environmentalist said: “We are affected; there is no hiding place; but, there are things that we can do.
“I think we need to do thorough research on what should be done in our specific condition to adapt, because the problem is here, and it is growing.
“And then, we also need to learn how to mitigate against it.
“So, protecting the environment and ensuring that we have a green and pristine environment is actually the most important thing that you can do, especially for your children’s sake.
“The most vulnerable people, children, the elderly, the poor and those with underlying health conditions are prone to health effects of climate change.
“Climate change also stresses our healthcare infrastructure and delivery system.”
Majekodunmi said that climate change was caused by the global warming due to various human activities like deforestation, land use changes and burning fossil fuels.
He said that this had resulted in unusual weather patterns like heat waves, typhoons, draughts, floods, hurricanes and encroaching desserts, all with attendant medical effects.
“Climate change is caused by global warming. Global warming is just an imbalance.
“As a result of our unabated pollution, our unabated impute of carbon dioxide particularly, we have upset the equation; we have upset the balance,” Majekodunmi said. (NAN)