The people of Plateau state have been called upon to restore or create natural habitats on their farms and ranches in cities, neighbourhoods, commercial buildings, yards and roofs, to protect the biodiversity that all living creatures, including humans, need.
Commissioner for Environment and Minerals Development in the state, Alh. Abdullahi Garba Abbas, disclosed this in his broadcast message on the 2017 “World Environment Day” in Jos, on Monday, with a theme, “Connecting People to Nature,” which invites you to think about how we are part of nature and how intimately we depend on it.
He said, “It challenges us to find fun and exciting ways to experience and cherish this vital relationship, ‘Connecting People to Nature,’ and implores us to get outdoors and into nature to appreciate its beauty and its importance; and to take forward the call to protect the earth that we share.”
The commissioner observed that, over half of the world’s population is now living in cities. “Why can’t we do our bit to green the urban environment, by greening your street or a derelict site or planting a window box, which could put a spade in the sail or lift a paving slab and see what creatures live beneath?”
He maintained that it’s ideal to introduce a child to nature, because there are numerous benefits. Encourage common people from different societies and communities to actively participate in the celebration as well as become an active agent in developing environmental safety measures. He said, “encourage people to make their nearby surroundings safe and clean to enjoy safer, cleaner and more prosperous futures.”
The World Environment Day is being celebrated all over the world every 5th of June each year, which has been set aside by the United Nations (UN) to celebrate the environment, since our planet earth is home to all the living things, especially the humankind awareness and sensitization for collective action on the environment.
Over the years, it has developed to be a broad global platform for public outreach that is widely celebrated by stakeholders all over the world, which also serves as the “people’s day,” for doing something positive for the environment – mobilizing individual actions into a collective power that generates an exponential positive impact on the planet.
In a workshop organized by the Federal Ministry of Environment in the state at the federal secretariat Jos, controller of the ministry, Engr. Francis Ahmadu, said, the present administration’s vision on the environment sector is aimed at empowering people, taking climate action and protecting the environment, which is also aimed to showcase the international best practices for protection of the environment, and to drive sustainable development in Nigeria within the context of the SDGs.
According to him, it’s also to educate the general public on the activities of the ministry on the environment, and to provide a veritable platform for interaction among stakeholders on issues that border on environment.