Nigerian Olumide Idowu becomes Youth Lead Author For Global Environment Outlook
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Nigerian Olumide Idowu becomes Youth Lead Author For Global Environment Outlook

Nigerian Olumide Idowu becomes Youth Lead Author For Global Environment Outlook By Houmi Ahamed-Mikidache   Olumide Idowu, a nigerian activist  has  been engaging youth in Nigeria and Africa in general for 10 years,  with making their voice to be heard both “offline and online” .  Last August, he was invited by the UN Environment office in Nairobi, Kenya to meet the UN Environment officials for proper integration and unveiling him as the Youth Author for Global Environment Outlook.He was  selected based as a Youth Lead Author For Global Environment Outlook on his commitment towards climate actions. The Global Environment Outlook (GEO) is UN Environment’s flagship integrated environmental assessment published every 4-5 years. It is intended to report on the state of the global environment, the extent and effectiveness of existing policy responses in addressing major environmental challenges and the prospects or outlook for the environment over the foreseeable future. GEO for Youth The GEO for Youth product is produced by, and adapted for, a youth audience from 15 to 25 years old. It is meant to stimulate dialogue within the youth community on environmental themes and issues, as well as to educate and provide capacity building tools to foster active youth commitment for achieving sustainable development. Olumide will be carrying out the following assignment as the Lead Author for GEO4Youth ·         Take The Overall Responsibility For Coordinating And Drafting Assigned Sections To Given Deadlines. ·         Actively Participate In The Geo-6 Communities Of Practice (Cop) And Work Closely With The Secretariat Staff To Provide Oversight Of The Cop Content; ·         Provide Leadership At Authors Meetings To Deliver Drafts For Each Section Of The Report; ·         Ensure That Manuscripts Are Completed To A High Standard, Collated And Delivered To The Secretariat In A Timely Manner And Conform To Un Environment-Provided Guidelines For Scientific Credibility; ·         Ensure That All Review Comments Are Dealt With According To Un Environment-Provided Specific Guidelines; ·         Develop Text That Is Scientifically And Technically Sound, And Socio-Economically Relevant Incorporating Contributions By A Wide Variety Of Experts And In Line With The Main Assessment; ·         Ensure That Any Crosscutting Scientific Or Technical Issues, Which May Involve Several Sections Of The Geo-6 For Youth Are Addressed In A Complete And Coherent Manner; ·         Take Responsibility For Referring To The Secretariat Any Scientific Credibility Issues, Such As Uncertainties And Use Of Grey Literature ·         Provide Oversight Of Educational And Advocacy Innovative Products In Support To The Main Assessment ·         Identifying Outreach Opportunities For The Geo For...

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Nigeria-climate action : “We can all make a difference to climate change”- Olumide Idowu* 
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Nigeria-climate action : “We can all make a difference to climate change”- Olumide Idowu* 

Nigeria-climate action : “We can all make a difference to climate change”- Olumide Idowu*   Column   Changing our lifestyle It is easy to get disheartened or fearful about climate change. Climate change in Nigeria is principally a major problem caused by the increase of human activities if you like, call it human mismanagement of the earth leading to several direct and indirect impacts on health. These climatic changes have wide-range harmful effects including increase in heat-related mortality, dehydration, spread of infectious diseases, malnutrition, damage to public health infrastructure. If we continue as we are now, the effects of global warming around the world could be catastrophic. Some aspects of climate change may already be irreversible. Yet many scientists believe that by taking positive action now, it is possible to slow the pace of climate change and reduce further global warming. Changing our lifestyle and our behaviour will help reduce the human impact on the environment. We can all make a difference to climate change. Here are some suggestions for a healthier, more sustainable approach to living in our environment in Nigeria. Reduce Car Emissions: Leave the car in the garage and walk or cycle for short trips; Use public transport; Keep your car tyres inflated to the recommended pressure; Drive slowly and smoothly; Car-pool with workmates.   Reduce Energy Expenditure in your Home: Turn off lights and appliances when not in use; Replace regular light bulbs with compact fluorescent bulbs; Insulate your home and reduce your heating and cooling bills; Install a water-saving showerhead and take shorter showers; Dry your clothes outside on the line rather than in the clothes dryer; Switch to ‘green energy’ for your electricity needs.   Reduce your ‘Carbon Footprint’ When you Shop: Buy local and seasonal food produce to reduce energy use in transport and storage; Buy items with minimal packaging whenever possible; If you buy new items, make sure they are made from sustainable, low-impact materials; Buy secondhand rather than new – from op shops, garage sales or over the Internet.   Recycle Waste and Reuse Pre-Loved Items: Recycle as much of your rubbish as you can; Compost vegetable scraps; ‘Detox your home’ – dispose of unwanted chemicals safely rather than pouring them down the sink or putting them in the rubbish bin; Be creative in finding new uses for ‘found’ or pre-loved objects.   Longer term choices that help the Environment: Buy energy efficient household appliances; Install a solar-powered hot water system; Install rainwater tanks; Buy a more fuel-efficient car or think about not owning a car – perhaps you can share one; Move to an area where your workplace, shops...

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Reasons Why We Should Care About the Environment
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Reasons Why We Should Care About the Environment

    Reasons Why We Should Care About the Environment   The environment around us is an essential part of human survival. I like to believe that people who do not care about the environment, simply do not understand how important it is to all of us and that it does not affect them directly, these are my reasons you should be concerned about the environment. A Clean Environment Is Essential for Healthy Living: The more you don’t care about our environment, the more it will become polluted with contaminants and toxins that have a harmful impact on our health. Air pollution can cause respiratory diseases and cancer, among other problems and diseases. Water pollution can lead to typhoid, diarrheal diseases, and another one. The local authorities have to promote care the environment.   Earth Is Warming: For the sake of our children and our future, we must do more to combat climate change. Yes, it’s true that no single event makes a trend. Now it not possible to ignore that.   Your Great-Great & Great-Great-Great Grandchildren Will Appreciate It: But there must be the look ahead, there must be a realization of the fact that to waste, to destroy, our natural resources, to skin and exhaust the land instead of using it so as to increase its usefulness.   Biodiversity Is Important: Biodiversity refers to the variety of plants, animals, and other living things in our world. it can be negatively influenced by habitat loss and degradation due to human activity, climate change, and pollution, among other things. Earth Is Our Home: It’s where we live, so we better take care of it. For sure we could be better person if we help with small things for our home, this planet the only that we have now.   What Can We Do? The problems we are facing now are tough. However, the good news is that, you don’t have to be an expert or a millionaire to save the Planet – everyone can help to do their bit for the environment. In other words, if each of us can be more conscious of environmental issues and willing to take some simple steps to save the Planet, we can make a huge contribution. Nowadays, with increasing environmental awareness among the public, people around the world are coming together to fight for a greener future, and the effort has achieved great results. As a pioneering member of environmental advocacy community, Better World International is always committed to improve and take care of our surrounding environment, by providing practical tips to its members on the things they can do to live more...

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African Climate Talks II: Africa needs to act urgently
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African Climate Talks II: Africa needs to act urgently

African Climate Talks II: Africa needs to act urgently By Olumide Idowu* Participants attending the African Climate Talks II (ACT-II) in Addis Ababa ( Ethiopia) in March,  called Africa to change how it does business to reap the benefits of the Paris Agreement. Attending the two-day talks last month called “Market policy versus market mechanisms in the implementation of the Paris Agreement”, speakers asked for an urgent shift in how the continent will forge ahead to escape the consequences of climate change. Ambassador Lumumba Di-Aping, from South Sudan and former chair of the G77 called for strengthening of the current regime, noting that the current Paris Agreement is fundamentally flawed and inadequate. “The agreement will be the main basis for multilateral cooperation during the first period of commitments (2020-2030). The African Continent in this new architecture is tragically weaker than even before,” Di-Aping said. He urged Africa to reinvent itself consistently through science. “We must think “out of the box” to build the framework for a more effective effort from 2025 onwards – one consistent with Africa’s survival and prosperity,” he said. Dr James Murombedzi, the Officer in Charge of the Africa Climate Centre Policy (ACPC) noted that the continent needs to invest in strong evidence based African narrative. “This narrative should have a science, research and policy interface. We also should invest in informed societies that participate in the shaping of policies and strengthen capacities of countries,” Murombedzi said. “The temperatures are rising and Africa is suffering. Let us unite to save our continent. Let us develop sustainable ways of dealing with climate change,” Woldu said. Di-Aping noted that Africa must move beyond the old dichotomy of “mitigation and adaptation.” “We must look at each sector – agriculture, industry etc – and focus on integrating climate considerations into wider industrial and development planning in an integrated way. The climate regime must focus not just on “emissions reductions” but on the real solutions needed to achieve them,” Di-Aping said. He urged for negotiations which provide a space where these with problems, with solutions and with money, can meet as part of a structured process. “We need to make the UNFCCC more relevant to the real world.  The Africa Renewable Energy Initiative is to be commended as an important step in the energy sector – we need matching initiatives in each other sector,” he said. “Let us think about the financial sector and financial instruments and engineering. If we need a major plan to address 1.50C, the question arises how to fund it. Clearly the $10 billion in the GCF will not be enough; and developed countries have no intention...

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COP 22 – Non State Actors:  African Voices for Action
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COP 22 – Non State Actors: African Voices for Action

COP 22 – Non State Actors:  African Voices for Action  By Houmi Ahamed-Mikidache     COP 22  will end on  the 18th of November.  Eraenvironnement.com introduces you to 11 African eminent experts. From Climate finance, environmental law,  to climate justice, these experts are following deeply the negotiations. Their task: finding a new way of thinking and acting  with the need to implement  the Paris Agreement.   Thelma Munequete Born in Mozambique, Thelma Munhequete is a serial entrepreneur, underpinned by training in Germany and South Africa .  Based in Maputo, she setups and runs Africa Foundation For Sustainable Development office ( AFSD)* . This dynamic woman is  experienced  in project Coordination’s , Human resource (Training and Recruitment ) ,project execution. She has been appointed as the Global Environmental Facility’s Country Contact Point for the Civil Society Network, with a key objective of expanding the CSO network in Mozambique.  She currently develops  a Sustainable Community Lodge with main in focus for gender and Youths project and job creation. She has previously conducted  Community Needs Assessment and Environmental Impact Assessment for a Power Station in Mozambique with AFSD support.  She will participate in the first ever Global Gender and Climate Alliance (GGCA) Innovation Forum from 12-13 November 2016, at the Université Cadi Ayyad in parallel to the 22nd Conference of Parties (COP22) of the UNFCCC in Marrakech, Morocco. At the closing session, she will moderate a panel  entitled, “People, Gender and Policy on a Changing Planet”.   *AFSD is guided by international conventions, the Sustainable Development Goals and Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs. One of the main challenges of social development is the Appolinaire Zagabe   Working on Climate Change issues since 2011, Appolinaire Zagabe is one of the emerging  talents of his country and Africa. He is from the Democratic Public of Congo. He owns his Master’s degree of Laws in Public International Law from Kampala International University in Uganda. He has taken various  Environment and Climate change courses  in Africa and Europe ( Germany, Netherlands, Belgium, Italy).  He  gained significant experience at United Nations Model Conferences, as well as conflict resolution skills, human rights advocacy training, and alternative dispute resolution education and Diplomacy. He initiated multiple projects related to safe environment and food security in DRC. He has followed many UN Climate Change conference as an expert on environmental law. In Marrakech, he follows deeply the issues on climate finance especially on adaptation.   Nkiruka  Nnaemego is  a lawyer,  an agro-entrepreneur and  a development practitioner from Nigeria. This young woman is the  founder of  the  Nigerian youth  Non Governmental Organization:  Fresh and Young Brains Development Initiative ( FYBDI). She  is the executive coordinator...

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