As Nigeria joins the rest of the world to mark World Environment Day today the Federal Government has said it will pay more attention on sustainable environmental management.
Permanent Secretary of Ministry of Environment, Mrs. Nana Fatimah Mede made this known yesterday in Abuja while addressing a world press conference to kick start activities for this year’s World Environment Day, WED.
Mede said that the ministry had pleaded with the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation, UNIDO to develop a frame work that would enable the ministry to facilitate proper waste management in the country.
According to her, the ministry has no legal right to stop the public from littering the environment with sachets of pure water leather and other polythene leathers except when the UNIDO comes up with the legal framework.
Discussing on this year’s WED, the Permanent Secretary said, the theme of 2015 celebration is “Seven Billion Dreams. One Planet. Consume with Care”.
She said there was evidence that the rate of consumption of the planet’s resources is now unsustainable and possibly at a tipping point where earth’s natural regenerative capacity could be lost forever.
Mede warned that if by 2050, current consumption and production patterns remain the same and with a rising population expected to reach 9.6 billion, “ we will need three planets” to sustain our way of life.
Living well within planetary boundaries is the most promising strategy for ensuring a healthy future.
World Environment Day is celebrated every year on June 5 to raise global awareness to take positive environmental action to protect nature and the planet earth. It is run by the United Nations Environment Programme, UNEP.