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Climate Change: Stakeholders Advocate For Local Peculiarities To Tackle Menace

By Dare Akogun

Stakeholders have called for development of priorities based on local peculiarities to tackle the menace of climate change in Nigeria.

The call was made at a one day Interactive session tagged Post cop 27: Reflecting on Promises , Negotiation and the Way Forward, organised by the Brain Builders Youth Development Initiative, BBYDI, in Ilorin the Kwara State capital.

The program was tailored around discussion that evaluate the impacts of COP 27 and what needs to be done at government and individual level to tackle the effect  climate change.

The Global Director BBYDI, Olasupo Abideen in his opening remarks called for concerted efforts by policy makers to establish a student  focused research and establishment of climate education in the grassroots.

The Panelists

Abideen maintained that the the best way to tackle climate change is need for intensive climate education especially in the grassroots which will introduced the younger generations to climate issues at a very tender age, and as well use of technologies to solve climate issues.

Sobi FM’s Dare Akogun who is a panelist at the event harped on the need for collaboration by different segment of stakeholders in the society with the media, to generate more discussion around climate issues.

Participants at the event

He also called for individual actions by engaging in acts that keeps the environment clean and also enlighten everyone around on the need to take actions.

Participants at the event

Earlier in her presentation Tolulope Gbenro, a climate activist spoke extensively on the impact of climate change and the need for young people to act big while starting small and take up leadership roles, actively participate in climate leadership and negotiations.

Her presentation began with a basic overview of climate change and its extensive area on energy, water and gender. She further explained UNFCCC processes and the importance of loss and damage as a thematic areas adopted during the COP  27.

According to her “Fight for a seat at the table! You can not allow people that will not be here few years from now to solely make decisions that will affect your future and that of your children,” she charged.

Another panelist Micheal Olayemi who is a climate smart agripreneur harped on the need for change of approach towards the fight against the menace of climate change by advocating reduction in greenhouse emissions using proven methods in the way we process our foods.

The project lead Babatunde Qodri, in his remarks said the event was put together with aim of educating participants and young people within Kwara State on issues related to climate change and environmental sustainability.

Babatunde Qodri

Participants include young climate activists, climate focused non profit , academicians, students and government agencies.

Dare Akogun

Dare Akogun is a dynamic media innovator, strategic communication professional, and seasoned climate and environmental sustainability journalist with over 10 years of influential contributions to the media industry.

He Currently serving as the Head of Digital Media, Senior News Editor, and a presenter at Sobi FM 101.9, a leading radio station in Ilorin, Nigeria.

Dare is on a mission to leverage his media innovation expertise and project management skills to produce high-quality, accurate, and engaging content, while advocating for reduced fossil fuel consumption, especially coal, to combat effect of global warming.

He has covered comprehensively environmental issues and COP conferences, including COP28 in Dubai last year , COP 27 in Egypt, and the United Nations Least Developed Countries conference in Doha, in 2023.

He is a recipient of fellowship to be part of a 15 team of journalists selected worldwide to cover the Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue 2024.

He has a Master's Degree in Mass Communication, from the University of Lagos, a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism from the Lagos State University and also a
Certification in Business Administration and Management, from the Babson College, Massachusetts, United States of America.

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