The climate change rally took place in Lagos on September 22, 2014. The rally was in solidarity with the People’s Climate March towards building global awareness and urgency around mitigating climate change.
Organized by the Climate Aid International (CAI), Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF) and other environmental/youth groups, the rally held simultaneously with Peoples Climate March in New York, Paris and Rio, London, Berlin same day.
The main objective of the march was to show the policy makers on the need to choose a side that favours sustainable development while demanding for decisive actions on climate change.
The Lagos rally kicked off from Allen Roundabout Ikeja and ended at the Ndiubusi Kanu Park, Opposite Lagos State Governors House, Alausa Ikeja. It had in attendance the representatives of 18 coalition of NGO including NCF who was represented by the Education Unit, Media Unit and NCF Members. About 65 people participated in all.
Receiving the participants at the rally on behalf of the Lagos State Governor, the Permanent Secretary, Office of Environment Services, Lagos State Ministry of the Environment, Engineer Hakeem Adeniyi Ogunbambi, said that the rally will go a long way in engineering national effort to fast-track the swift ratification and signing of the pending National Climate Bill passed by the Nigerian National Assembly.
He added that the Lagos State has been very proactive in setting up mitigation actions on Climate Change and part of this effort was the Tree Planting Initiatives across the State; Participation in the Annual Walk for Nature; Passing of State Climate Bills; and the Lagos Government's effort at estimating the State Carbon Footprint of the State.