By Kingsley Adegboye

The Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babatunde Raji Fashola has described the Climate Change Club in Lagos Schools as the home-grown solution to the global scourge of climate change.

Fashola who spoke at 4th anniversary of the club in Lagos last week, said children are central to the climate change and human security agenda.

“They are among the populations that are most vulnerable to climate change, and may be the greatest advocates of adaptive and mitigative practices’’, he said.

The Climate Change Club was launched in 2008 in Lagos State as part of efforts to combat climate change and prepare young people for collective response to the rapidly changing environment.

According to Fashola, school children are veritable change agents who have vital role to play in the global fight against climate change.

Praising the efforts of students who expressed the climate change message in music, drama, rap music, essay, calisthenics and other green projects, Fashola charged all to embrace the three Rs – Reduce, Reuse and Recycle.

The Commissioner for the Environment, Mr. Tunji Bello aid that  Climate Change Clubs were launched as part of the government’s “bottom-up” approach to address the problem of Climate Change in the State.

The clubs, he said, were established as part of the Schools Environmental Advocacy Programme with the maxim  catch them young.

“It is common knowledge globally that the effects of Climate Change respect no geographical boundary, race, status nor class. The fact that the whole world is united on the issue of Climate Change as a global phenomenon which requires the collective effort of both the young and the old,” he said.

The commissioner who described children as most vulnerable to the adverse effects of climate change, stated that the club members were ambassadors who would spread the message of mitigative and adaptive measures against the threat the world faces from global warming and climate change. He expressed satisfaction at the achievements of the clubs.

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