The Foundation for a Better Environment (FABE) International, alongside Cardtonic, is organizing a beach clean-up to sensitise Nigerians on environmental sustainability.
This was disclosed by the Founder of FABE International, Mrs. Temitope Okunnu, in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Wednesday in Lagos.
The clean-up is scheduled to hold today, Thursday, July 28 2022 with the theme “Tidy up Nigeria Beyond clean-up”
According to Okunnu, she said “At FABE International as a non-government environmental organisation, we are always advocating a cleaner and sustainable environment. We are cleaning up to remind people of the need to live sustainably and keep their environment clean at all times.
“We will be going to the Okun Ajah Beach where we adopted some years ago to sensitise the community on the need to live sustainably while our sensitisation and advocacy are also going to be transmitted across to all levels of the community.
She added “We are in partnership with Cardtonic to make this clean-up and sensitisation possible,”
However, aside from the clean-up, the environmentalist said members of the community would be trained in recycling and upcycling activities to curb plastic pollution.
“We want a situation where people are sensitised about the dangers of not keeping their environment clean, the importance of waste sorting, and to warn against indiscriminate waste disposal in lagoons, gutters, and waterways.
“We also want to encourage recycling, we want people to understand that recycling is one of the best solutions to plastic pollution.
In addition to the clean-up, she stated that “We cannot wage war on the environment, it is a suicidal thought to do so, hence the need to encourage people to live healthily.
“We need to encourage each other, with all of the issues happening in the country, health hazards as a result of environmental pollution should not be part of it,” she said.
On the part of Nigerians in the fight against climate change effects and living sustainably, Okunnu said “We want people to be intentional about a clean and healthy environment.
“We are going beyond clean-up; we are going to be teaching people skills in recycling and upcycling as well.
“We also want to establish a recycling hub in the community afterward to encourage recycling activities,” she said.