The Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF) has charged people to change their lifestyle that are detrimental to environmental sustainability as the world celebrates the 2015 Edition of Earth Hour.
The Foundation implores Nigerian citizens to take action aimed at mitigating against the effect of climate change and global warming as Nigeria is not immune to the impact of climate change.
Earth Hour started in 2007 as a lights-off event to raise awareness about climate change. The event has engaged more than 162 countries and territories worldwide. The 2015 Earth Hour is on Saturday, 28 March, 2015 from 8:30 pm and 9:30 pm local time. During the hour, individuals, communities and businesses are expected to turn their lights off for an hour in acknowledgement to support action on climate change mitigation. People are also encouraged to support the action through social media platforms of the Earth Hour, or by visiting the following sites: www.ncfnigeria.org, https://www.facebook.com/events/783712378392221/.
The message from the NCF on this very moment is that Nigeria must join the rest of the world to promote and adopt renewable and sustainable energy options that will help to mitigate the dire consequences of climate change and global warming. We must ensure that in whatever position we find ourselves, be it as students, youth, home builders, breadwinners, parents, government officials or corporate executives, we must keep the environment in our subconscious and think renewable energy at all times, in order to guarantee a robust, healthy and economically viable future for our children and the generations yet unborn.
NCF is deeply concerned about the continuing global environmental issues and challenges that threaten humanity's ability to cope. Most of these environmental challenges are human-induced arising from unsustainable practices. The global environment is stressed beyond the threshold limits, thus necessitating global efforts and actions geared toward curtailing further escalation of the crises and proffering far-reaching measures and solutions to enable humans to cope with their changing environment.
Nigeria as a country more than ever should raise more voice on climate change issues at local and international fora to advocate actions and influence mainstreaming of climate change issues in policy formulation.