By Ugonma Cokey
The Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF) has commemorated this year’s World Environment Day (WED) with variety of activities and calls for a cleaner air.
The NCF marked the Day with presentations from 21 schools and discussions by experts on the theme “Air Pollution.”The 2019 WED with the theme “Air Pollution” was used to expose the extent of poor air quality in the world. It was also used to sensitise the people on how to improve the air quality they breathe.
The event, through the 21 participating schools featured drama, poetry music as well as exhibition, all aimed at elucidating on air pollution, the dangers and what can be done to either improve the air or reduce the effect of air pollution on humans, trees and all habitats.
The students were classified into 3 age categories; 5 to 8 years (Primary), 9 to 12years (Junior) and 13 to 16 years (Senior). Amber Ville School, Ajah; Learning Ladder Montessori School, Ajah and Falomo High School, Ikoyi emerged winners in the 3 categories respectively.
The Director General of NCF, Dr. Muhtari Aminu-Kano on his part emphasised the hazards of air pollution in the environment. He also appealed to Nigerians to explore and adopt renewable energy, clean energy, live sustainably and be deliberate about conservation to improve the quality of air being consumed.
About Air pollution
Air pollution is the release of pollutants into the air; such pollutants are detrimental to human health and the planet, as a whole. Most of these pollutants come from energy use and production such as burning of fossil fuels (petroleum and other factory combustibles), agricultural activities (insecticides, pesticides, and fertilizers in agricultural activities), exhaust from factories and industries, mining operations and indoor air pollutions.
Asides the effects that these pollutants have on the environment such as global warming, acid rain, among others, they have alarming effects on human respiration and health generally. The good news is, we can fix this by embracing practices such as agro-forestry practices, use of clean energy sources like hydro or solar, energy conserving stoves etc.
The programme also featured a panel discussion segment that focused on Awareness of air pollution.
The panelists gave insights into some of government’s regulations, protection and enforcement on air pollution; Impact of air pollution on human health and environment was highlighted by a medical practitioner while Practical Solutions to air pollution was also given.
World Environment Day, celebrated annually on 5th June is an initiative that the United Nations launched in an attempt to effectively combat problems of environmental degradation.
Every year, the UN marks it with a different focus to commemorate the day and draw attention to a particularly pressing environmental concern. The theme for 2019 is “Air pollution.”
Edited by Eniola Ajayi