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Youths Must See Climate Change As Opportunity – Expert

Babatunde Enitan, Abiodun Adekoya, Rukayat Odebiyi, and three others are the Nigerian delegates that attended the 2019 edition of the International Climate Change Development Initiative (ICCDI) summit in commemoration of the Africa Climate Week that held in Ghana.

At the summit, Dr Pete Tarfa, the director of climate change, federal ministry of environment, called on youths globally to see climate change as an opportunity for individual growth and national economic advancement.

Held at the Accra International Conference Center in Ghana, Tarfa made this call last week when he met some Nigerian youths’ delegates, urging them to open their eyes to the many opportunities that surround climate change

Other youth delegates from Nigeria that attended the event comprises of Moses Eboigbe, Prosper Egeonu and ‘Seyifunmi Adebote.

Speaking at the event, Tarfa said; “One thing I want Nigerian youths working in the area of climate change to do is to open their eyes to the many opportunities that surround climate change,” Tarfa began.

He continued, “Before now, we used to see climate change as a tragedy, a woe, and something to be scared about. Today, there are a lot of opportunities that climate change has brought.

“As young people, you should begin to see how you can create jobs from climate change – in the area of renewable energy, solid waste management, writing, advocacy, creative expressions like literature, poem or music, just to push out the message of climate change.

“One major problem we have in Nigeria is deforestation, most women in the local communities cook with firewood and some of them are dying because of the effects of smoke on their health. Young people can partner private companies, creating innovative clean cook stove solution. Those products can be sold to the huge market in Nigeria.

“That way, you make money and impact lives. I want to see Nigerian youths who have understood climate change to look out for opportunities in the areas renewable sources of energy to provide power for the millions of people off-grid. Waste management is another big issue in Nigeria, single-use plastic recycling, architecture and many other aspects.”

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