World Environment Day, 2014 has come and gone. This year, the United Nations Environment Programme celebration was themed, “Raise Your Voice not the Sea Level” in support of small island antions that are constantly becoming inundated due to climate change and rising sea levels.
In Lagos, World Environment Day 2014 began early on the 3rd of June, with a student excursion to Lekki Conservation Center, organized by Bailiff Africa with the support of the Lagos State Ministry of Environment and renowned environmentalist, Mr. Desmond Majekodunmi. 30 Climate Change Club students from two schools, along with their club teachers were given a tour of the conservation reserve. The team was led by Bailiff Africa founder, Funmi Oyatogun, who taught the CCC students for a year prior to the excursion.
To commemorate World Environment Day 2014 in Abuja, Nigeria, Connected Development [CODE] in collaboration with the African youth Initiative on Climate Change (AYICC) held a Tree Planting, Sensitization and Round Table Discussions on Climate Change Mitigation & Advocacy Actions. The event rallied pupils from Abuja Children’s Home Nursery and Primary School on the importance of tree planting and its social and economic benefit to combat global warming. Hamzat Lawal, the Chief Executive of CODE, educated pupils and teachers of the school on how current lifestyles contribute to environmental devastation. CODE is a non-governmental organization whose mission is to improve access to information and empower local communities in Africa.
On the social media scene, we joined the international Meatless Monday campaign, with the launch of #MeatlessMondayAfrica. During Meatless Mondays, we will give prizes to the most creative pictures or stories of meatless meals published on Social Media, to enlighten young Africans on the impact of our meat consumption on the environment.