Environmentalists advocate reduction in natural resource consumption

Environmentalists advocate reduction in natural resource consumption

Environmentalists advocate reduction in natural resource consumption

by June 22, 2015 0 comments

Environmentalists have expressed worries over the consumption pattern in the country, especially the use of energy and water resources.

Some of them, who spoke on the recently concluded 2015 World Environment Day organised by the Nigerian Conservation Foundation with the support of First City Monumental Bank, noted that everyone had the responsibility to save the environment.

The Chairman, NCF, Mr. Ede Dafinone, said it was everyone’s responsibility to contribute to initiatives aimed at saving the environment; hence, the need to take corrective measures right from the homes to reduce wastage by imbibing the culture of doing everything sustainably.

Dafinone noted that the WED, which is celebrated in over 100 countries of the world, was meant to give a human face to environmental issues; empower people to become active agents of sustainable and equitable development; promote an understanding that communities were pivotal to changing attitudes towards environmental issues; and advocate partnership that would ensure that all nations and peoples enjoyed a safer and more prosperous future.

This year’s theme was: ‘Seven Billion Dreams. One Planet. Consume with Care’, and participants were allowed to say, demonstrate or dramatize something about the object being depicted.

The Director-General, NCF, Mr. Adeniyi Karunwi, said the foundation was seeking more partners in conservation for its environmental education programmes.

“This we are sure will help strengthen the force that drives our core environmental initiatives and also make it more impactful to the Nigerian populace,” he said.

Meanwhile, the Federal Government has conferred environmental friendly awards on six distinguished Nigerians, including the President, Board of Trustees of the NCF, Chief Philip Asiodu, at a gala night to mark the WED 2015 in Abuja.

It added that Asiodu was honoured for his role in the conservation and sustainable development of the country.

“Also honoured was a member of the Council of the NCF, Mrs. Ajoke Mohammed,” the statement read in part.

It added that other awardees included a former Minister of Defence, Theophilus Danjuma, who was conferred with the ‘Champion for the Conservation of Biodiversity award’and Sir Newton Jibunoh.

 

Source: Maureen Ihua-Maduenyi (Punch)

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