Nigeria: Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu has urged the State’s residents to live sustainably with nature in mind for the benefit of humankind.
He made this appeal during this year’s World Environment Day in Lagos, with the theme: “Only One Earth”. There was also a call for the shift to a greener lifestyle through individual choices and government policies.
He emphasized that environmental sustainability is one of the most pressing global issues, in recent times, out of which the earth faces triple emergencies, which include: climate change, loss of biodiversity and environmental pollution.
The Governor, whose representative was the Permanent Secretary, Office of Environmental Services, Dr. Omolaji Gaji, added that the impacts of global environmental issues have impeded the attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Also, he explained that globally, there is a staggering rate of environmental change, which is increasingly subjected to the negative effects of human population growth and associated pollution challenges. He lamented that global environmental pollution has altered the earth’s ecosystem and is becoming a major concern for the well-being and survival of many species.
Furthermore, he warned that time is running out, as nature is in a state of emergency. He also predicted that without action, exposure to air pollution beyond safe guidelines will increase by 50 per cent within the decade. No matter their economic status, he urged every resident of the State to be involved in the Lagos State Development Agenda.
In recognition of stakeholders’ engagement, the Governor applauded the efforts of corporate organizations, non-governmental institutions, traditional groups, religious groups and other notable bodies, for ensuring the persistent drive of the State’s policy towards entrusting the legacies of greening and restoration of indigenous trees.
The impacts of global environmental issues have impeded the attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The guest lecturer, Dr. Ayo Tella, while delivering his paper, indicated that anthropogenic effects caused by human activities such as felling of trees have altered the earth’s natural systems and survival of many species.
A major highlight of the event was the presentation of awards to corporate organizations, community development areas, schools, among others, in recognition of their contribution to a more sustainable environment.