An environmentalist has charged journalists to give effective coverage to the environment because from there comes all life support system.
Foremost environmental activist, Mr. Desmond Majekodunmi, gave the charge while speaking at a Businessday media capacity building workshop for journalists tagged “effective reporting on climate change” in Lagos.
Giving reasons why the media should focus on the environment, he urged journalists to realize that protecting the environment is the most important duty of every human being
Majekodunmi said, that the air we breathe, water we drink, food we eat all comes from a healthy environment as such protecting the environment is so important.
He stressed that the planet is in a problematic situation as the environment is being abused globally far too much and now it has been having a permanent effect, adding that the effect would definitely jeopardise any decent future for the coming generations.
He said journalists should take the issue of the environment seriously as it is the biggest news story because of the implications of climate change to the planet earth.
On protecting the environment, he explained that it is a mindset as everything that we need for our survival depends on a healthy environment and the practical aspect of it is to just ensure that we handle waste management very well and must give back to environment by planting trees.
He called for the passage of climate change bill and ratified with a commission set up to control the ravaging monster as the delay amounts to playing with peoples’ life and security of the country.
The however said the media should highlight the reality of the dangers posed by our actions of upsetting the planet’s natural system of nature because the environment sector is critical, if well handled, it would ensure a positive future for the future generations.
In his speech, Prof. Chidi Ibe, British American Tobacco Nigeria Foundation said there is need for awareness creation and knowledge brokerage on the issue of climate change, building resilience capacities among vulnerable individuals, communities and regions.
He urged for an encouragement of wide participation of all stakeholders in climate change issues stressing the need to develop appropriate framework for coping/adapting to climate change effects/impacts.
Also, the Managing Director of LASPARK, Mrs. Titi Anibaba, described the impact of climate change to the earth as being worse than HIV/AIDS with recent disaster in Nepal where within a twinkling of an eye thousands of lives were wiped out as a result of the effects of climate change.
She said that there is an urgent need to cautiously reduce the emission put into the atmosphere, proper waste management, energy conservation and planting of trees. She however said that Lagos state government have planted 6million trees in the last 7 years with a view to making it 10million by 2020 as to halt the effect of climate change.

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