By Kelvin Alohan
As the 2021 World Earth Day is being celebrated globally, Nigeria’s Minister of State for Environment, Sharon Ikeazor, has said that there is need for use of natural resources to preserve and restore environmental sustainability and ecosystem.
The minister stated this on Thursday in Abuja, during the ministry’s commemoration of the 2021 World Earth Day with the theme: “Restore Our Earth”.
Ikeazor said the use of natural resources would not only restore and preserve the environment but mitigate climate change.
According to her, climate change represents the biggest challenge to the future of humanity and life support systems that make the world habitable.
She said, “The ministry will continue to focus on issues that enhance sustainable environment.
“We will focus on inspiring, sensitising and enlightening Nigerians to take action to mitigate climate change in line with the theme.
“This is the time to reevaluate our interaction with nature and adopt the one world one health approach.”
The minister further stated that, “We are currently reviewing the National Policy on Climate Change for more effectiveness with readiness for Nigeria’s National Adaptation Plan Framework for Climate Change (NAPs – Framework).
“Also, there is a sustained effort to sensitise Nigerians to adopt clean technologies to meet emission reduction target.
“We have as well developed the National Forest Reference Emission Factor Level (FREL) and submitted it to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).
“As we recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, now is the time to place priority on environmental sustainability to enable us to build a healthier, more sustainable future.”
EXTRACTIVE360 reports that the World Earth Day is celebrated every April 22 and the 2021 commemoration marks 50 years of the modern environmental movement which started in 1970.