By IKENNA ASOMBA
Lagos State Governor, Babatunde Raji Fashola has expressed delight with the achievements of the Climate Change Clubs in the state’s schools. The Climate Change Club was launched by the government in March 2008 to inculcate the idea of climate change and its impact on the environment in school children.
Fashola who disclosed this at the fifth anniversary celebration of the Climate Change Club at the Police College, Ikeja at the weekend noted that “the Climate Change Club came about as part of our collective global adaptation and mitigation response towards environmental challenges confronting humanity. We recognized that as a government, that dealing with climate change now is an obligation we owe our future generations, and if we fail by any means, posterity will judge us by our inactions.”
Advising the school children,he said: “Dear young vanguards of the environment, I am confident that with your readiness to fight, a brighter rewarding future is sure for Lagos and our dear nation”.
On his part, the State Commissioner for Environment, Tunji Bello reiterated the state government’s commitment in giving priority to tackling the challenges of Climate Change.
According to Bello, it has become imperative to make peace with the planet because climate change is a terrible problem that needs to be solved. He added that “the celebration of climate change clubs in Lagos is an annual event initiated by this administration to raise an army of environmentally conscious youths as illuminating change agents against climate change and global warming.”
He explaining the involvement of school children in the climate change campaign, the Commissioner said: “our administration is leaving no stone unturned to ensure a friendly environment for inhabitants of Lagos State. This task, we have reasoned should not be left for adults alone, the youths must key into the programme.
“This government realized early enough the need for children to imbibe the right environmental attitude that must start from schools. Fashola’s administration is poised to attain a cleaner Lagos through campaigns such as this and ‘Me and My Tree Programme’. Let me inform you that Fashola is driven by the irrevocable vision of attaining a cleaner and sustainable environment and he believes that promoting children’s participation in this sphere is about fulfilling their rights to be active citizens that can always rise in defence of the environment”, Bello stated.
No fewer than 100 primary and secondary schools including, teachers, environment ambassadors, captains of industries and government officials took part in the celebration of the 5th Anniversary of Climate Change Club in the state.