Climate Action

A Godsent Foundation was founded in 2012 with the ultimate goal of addressing both the remote and immediate causes of poverty across Nigeria in the short and medium term, and across the world in the long term. I hereby acknowledge and declare that CLIMATE CHANGE has become for the communities where we work both a remote and immediate cause of poverty and must be confronted head-on. Due to the above, we have crucially sought strategic partnership with competent independent experts whose charge it is to henceforth guide and design our Foundation’s policies and programs that address this apparent emergency.

 

 

 

 

Ultimately, Mr. LINUS E. AGBOR and Engr. OLUSUYI AJAYI VICTOR have the status of EXECUTIVE DIRECTORS in our Foundation with my FULL CONSENT to engage the rest of the world, on our behalf, on the specific issues of CLIMATE CHANGE Mitigation, Adaptation and the overarching topic of Net-zero transition.

The local inhabitants across Nigeria are predominantly farmers who are having to rely altogether on the usually predictable weather patterns to grow their crops. This is however not anymore as the prevailing conditions are characterized by grave uncertainty in a myriad of ways. Not enough rain, too much rain, extended rainy seasons, intense sun never before seen etc have become the new normal in most of the agrarian communities in Nigeria and indeed most of Sub-Saharan Africa. The irony here is that each time the apparent effects of Climate Change are highlighted at International, Regional and National fora, the focus is more about bleaching Corel Reeves, Polar Beers or melting Antarctic Glaciers rather than livelihoods of the already vulnerable population clearly under significant threads of being eroded.

Ultimately, these fluctuations in weather patterns portents devastating impacts on the people’s ability to provide food for themselves, get medicine or even send their children to school.

It is noteworthy that these are people at the bottom of the pyramid who normally live on less than USD1 per day and have really contributed nothing to anthropogenic emission blamed for the Climate crisis wreaking havoc on them.

Like this entire Banana farm razed down by fire to the peril of the man and family. Further complication is seen in the lack of the right information to these vulnerable people about what is really going on. They are often left to self conjectures leading to current popular notions that they may have wronged their ancestors (gods) who are clearly visiting with punishment. For this reason, they tend to waste efforts towards propitiating rather than actual mitigation and/or resilience activities.

Of course there is no god anywhere responsible for the current climate crisis needing some appeasement. It is the science based evidence that human activities since Industrial Revolution have accumulated harmful greenhouse gases in the atmosphere causing the Earth to warm up.

Inaction has been largely due to the main drivers being human agriculture, industry, transport etc., the same that leads to economic development and prosperity.

Notably, the per capita access to greenhouse gas emissions is effectively based on the grand inequality that is now well understood to be one of the failures and threads to the current economic model. Obviously those in the developed world account for 90% plus of historical emissions that have put the entire planet and the people that live in it in grave peril.

Notwithstanding, everybody should rise above the blame game and get involved in finding solutions that guarantee our continuous survival on our only home, the Earth.