By Kingsley Adegboye
Plans have been concluded for International Living Africa Environmental Summit slated for this week in Abuja. The two-day gathering of environment stakeholders across the country and outside Nigeria, has its theme as “Environmental Awareness, Healthy Living, Water Resources Longevity and Emerging Technology”.
According to Miss Nancy Inyang, the Summit Director, the summit which is dedicated to socio-political and economic key elements and conditions for creating a sustainable society, will address four central sub-themes such as consumption and lifestyle, energy supply, education and economic development which are inextricably linked with climate change.
“The summit is a series of events commencing with a workshop/ exhibition and closing with an award night. To this end, we are inviting delegates from within and outside Nigeria, to brainstorm and proffer solutions to notable global environmental threats
The papers presented at the summit will be handed over to decision-makers in politics and at universities. The postulations will be considered in international rounds of negotiations like the UN climate conferences or the G8-summit.
“The Summit which is supported by the Presidency, the Federal Ministry of Environment, State Ministries of Environment, an ideal platform for the most important stakeholders in climate change issues. We need fundamental changes in order to reach a sustainable society which cares about the environmental and social needs of our livelihood and ourselves.
‘The Summit will take a look at contemporary issues that have plagued the practice and entrenchment of sustainable habits in our society. It will look at the broader topic of sustainability and all its related themes and scan the Nigerian spectrum for facts and figures pointing to progress and set backs recorded so far. It will look at town planning and environmental compliance.
The Summit will look at current realities and the necessary actions needed to be taken for a more sustainable future.