Nigerian Climate Leaders advocate their ‘Big Five Green Asks’ ahead of COP22

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The mobilisation started with a radio talk show programme on KissFM99.9 Abuja on Wednesday October 26.  Three Climate Leaders – David Michael, Olalekan Ibiyeye and Ibrahim Gadu – talked about the ‘Big Five Green Asks’, a series of recommendations for a climate-resilient future compiled by climate activists across Africa on the topics of:

  • Fossil-free energy for all
  • Sustainable Agriculture, Forestry & Land Management
  • Climate Justice
  • Climate-smart transport & buildings
  • Key resources for ambitious mitigation & adaptation

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KissFM99.9 is listened to at the Nigeria National Assembly, and the three panelists are confident that their message was heard by policy-makers.

In addition, the interactive live programme gave them the opportunity to introduce the African Climate Reality Project as well as to enlighten and engage the public on climate change.

Over 50 listeners called in or sent written messages to commend this initiative and ask questions. A number of them blamed the Nigerian Government for its inaction in tackling climate change.

They also called for the radio programme to be sustained so as to inform the general public about climate issues and what can be done to address them.
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On Friday October 28 , Climate Leaders organised a Climate March in Lagos, Nigeria’s economic capital. The rally headed to the office of the Executive Governor of the Lagos State to submit their Big Five Green Asks to the Governor.

Climate Leaders Oluwatosin Kolawole and David Michael Terungwa coordinated the march with support from Nosayaba Oka. 91 people joined, among which members of civil society groups,  religious groups, artisan’s women and children as well as students of the Yaba college of Technology.

A heavy downpour 20 min into the rally sent marchers scrambling for cover. But after 2 hours of rain, they reconvened under the drizzles to continue the march to the Government House. On the way, they distributed campaign leaflets and engaged bystanders on climate awareness to suggest simple mitigation measures.
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The Governor who was billed to receive and address the people at noon was gone by the time the rally arrived to his office, delayed by the weather circumstances. The letter containing the ACRP Big Five Green Asks was handed to the Chief Protocol Officer to the Lagos State Government. It also included demands on the following:

  • Reiteration of the calls for the passage of climate change bill by the National Assembly.
  • An immediate stop to the controversial Cross River Super Highway.
  • The immediate end to gas flaring.
  • The promotion of intergenerational equity, i.e. youth participation in all the design and implementation of climate change adaptation and mitigation programs.

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