Climate Change

The grim realities and effects of climate change which affects weather, crop production, habitats and livelihood compelled our attention on this programme. As such, our climate change programme seeks to address some of these issues through the following thematic activities:

1. Climate Awareness and Campaign

The goal of the Climate Awareness Campaign is to propel positive actions from the members of the public towards addressing some of the social and environmental challenges resulting from climate change. We work in conjunction with different stakeholders to deliver impactful engagement and campaigns.

Climate Awareness and Campaign is delivered through the following activities.

a.) Climate Action Week: This is a week-long campaign on climate action where youth, governments, businesses, vulnerable communities, corporate organizations and government agencies are mobilised to discuss and take actions. Features of this week-long event includes Youth Action Summit; Business Leaders Summit; Community Engagement Day; Legislative Lobby; and Climate March.
This year’s theme was “Building Coastal Resilience through Nature-based Solution in Nigeria” and a tree planting initiative was inaugurated along the stretch of five coastal community in Eti-Osa Local Government Area of Lagos State, Nigeria.

b.) Climate Strike March: This is an annual rally organised across major cities in Nigeria specifically to drive campaign on carbon emission reduction and call on policy makers to act on climate solutions.
This year’s edition took place in 10 States across the 6 geopolitical zones including Abuja and was powered by youth-led groups comprising about 1,000 individuals who raised their voices and called on government at all levels to adopt nature-based solutions to the climate crisis.

c.) Youth Action Manual on Climate Change: The Youth Action Manual on Climate Change is a UNDP-NDC supported project that targets youth between ages 5-30yrs to provide a knowledge support.

The goals are to create climate change awareness and improve understanding amongst the Starter Age Group (5-10yrs); and to simplify climate change knowledge towards galvanizing youth action amongst the Advance (11-17yrs) and Pro Age Group (18-30yrs).

A nationwide assessment was conducted through Youth Dialogue which held in collaboration with tertiary institutions. Over 1,000 youths as a representative group for the country participated in the event and the assessment led to the identification of 12 youth-led organizations with a standardized 10 thematic areas of climate action covering the National Determined Contribution sectors- Transport, Energy, Oil and Gas, Agriculture and Forestry, Infrastructure, and Solid Waste.

The development and the design of the manual is ongoing and will be available before the end of 2020.

2. Climate Change Project

Catalysing Nature-based Adaptation in North East Nigeria (CAN-ADAPT)

This is our initiative that seeks to build the resilience of vulnerable communities to the climate and security crisis in Northeast Nigeria. The project will combine approaches on ecosystem-based adaptation, climate-smart agriculture, peace building and disaster management tools to ultimately lift about 300,000 people out of human and nature-induced threats affecting their livelihood.

The project is at development stage and opened for collaboration with interested partners – technical and financial.

The pilot stage will take place in Lame Burra Game Reserve, Bauchi State.

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