By Abdulwaheed Olayinka Adubi, Kaduna
Centre for Water and Environment Development (CWED), an NGO, has on Friday sensitised youths drawn from various communities in Kaduna on climate change management.
This was In commemoration of the 2022 International Youth Day with the theme: ‘Solidarity Across Generations’.
Delivering a paper tittled ‘youths and climate change’, a resource person at the event, Dr. Joseph Ariko, said climate change is one of the most critical global challenges of the present times.
He said recent events have emphatically demonstrated growing vulnerability to climate change and its impacts ranging from affecting agriculture and further endangering food security.
He added that climate change also caused sea-level rise and the accelerated erosion of coastal zones increasing the intensity of natural disasters, species extinction, and spread of vector-borne diseases.
The resource person, while speaking stressed that the issue was of immense importance for every global citizen and therefore required an initiative against it globally.
He noted that youths amount to 60 per cent of the population in Nigeria thereby making their relationship with climate change highly interwoven.
Ariko further explained that the youths affect the climate system by virtue of being the most active proportion of the population where activities of component of the global ecosystem result to the increase in greenhouse gases emission.
“Most of these youths set bushes on fire, and agricultural activities such as use of nitrogen fertilizer, animal dungs bush burning during farm preparation are also accelerative means of greenhouse gases emission”,he said.
He mentioned some of the activities resulting to greenhouse emissions to include burning of fusil fuel as results of massive industrialization, use of tokumbo vehicles and Improper waste management through open burning of domestic, industrial wastes.