Sustainable development is defined as “development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.” (Our Common Future, 1987) The 1972 UN conference in Stockholm highlighted the concerns for preserving and enhancing the environment and its biodiversity to ensure human rights to a healthy and productive world. Sustainable development calls for concerted efforts towards building an inclusive, sustainable and resilient future for people and planet.

Sustainable cities, urban sustainability, or eco-city (also ecocity) is a city designed with consideration for social, economic, environmental impact (commonly referred to as the triple bottom line), and resilient habitat for existing populations, without compromising the ability of future generations to experience the same. The UN Sustainable Development Goal 11 defines sustainable cities as those that are dedicated to achieving Green Sustainability, social sustainability and economic sustainability. They are committed to doing so by enabling opportunities for all through a design focused on inclusivity as well as maintaining a sustainable economic growth.

The focus also includes minimizing required inputs of energy, water, and food, and drastically reducing waste, output of heat, air pollution – CO2, methane, and water pollution. Richard Register first coined the term ecocity in his 1987 book Ecocity Berkeley: Building Cities for a Healthy Future, where he offers innovative city planning solutions that would work anywhere.

For sustainable development to be achieved, it is crucial to harmonies three core elements: economic growth, social inclusion and environmental protection. These elements are interconnected and are all crucial for the well–being of individuals and societies.

The “green living” which is a major factor of sustainable development means embracing a way of life that helps preserve the environment by reducing, reusing, and recycling items. Going green concept is learning and practicing an environmentally-mindful lifestyle that contributes towards protecting the environment and preservation and conservation of the natural resources, habitats, and biodiversity.

The aim of green environment is to:

  • Reduce pollution.
  • Reduce resources consumption and eliminate wastes.
  • Conserve natural resources and forests.
  • Maintain the natural ecological balance on earth so that all living things can survive and thrive in their natural habitat.


Contrary to many opinions that states that going green or other factors of sustainable development is majorly in favour of the environment, it is very important to note that it is equally beneficial to the inhabitants of the environment (Humans). Anything that affects the environment affects all humans and other living organisms, hence the need to make sure that the interest of the environment is taken into consideration in whatever developmental process is to occur. The three major areas of benefit of the green environment/ green living are;

Economic Benefits

A significant economic benefit of going green is that it helps lower costs and save money. Use of renewable energy helps reduce energy consumption which in turn is an advantage in conserving monetary resources used on electricity bills. An apparent benefit of going green at home is that it helps reduce water and power bills significantly. It is possible when we reduce water consumption for example if we run the washing machines full loads or add water-saving appliances in shower and washrooms.

Recycling is another way aspect of green environment and green living. Recyclable products last longer than other products which can save on money used for repair and maintenance. When we recycle products as well as create Do-it-Yourself (DIY) items, we not only reduce wastage, but we also become more creative which helps create new products consistently and thus reduce the cost of buying new products.

These processes are beneficial to households as units and to the nations and regions as a whole, resources are well utilized and cost of production will be reduced drastically.

Health Benefits

The second aspect in which sustainable development through green environment affect positively is the health benefits on humans and other living organisms. Going green reduces air pollutants which in turn affects the atmospheric and living condition of humans and other living organisms.

According to a report by the World Health Organisation (WHO), air pollution causes around 2 million premature deaths every year globally. It’s therefore essential to strive for green living because it affects the living condition of as well as productivity and efficiency of humans.

One way to go green is through the purchase of eco-friendly household and cosmetic products. It reduces chemicals and toxins in the atmospheric condition, which in turn reduces air pollution and environmental toxins that could affect the body’s immune system that fights infections, and that could cause exposure to diseases and fatal illnesses.


Environmental benefits

This is an important aspect in which sustainable/green living emphasizes on due to its direct effect on humans. When the environment is in a good condition then the inhabitants enjoy the benefits and vice versa. Going green through organic farming means responsible farming practices and land use. Organic farming reduces greenhouse gases emission and thus lowers air pollution.

Going green can help save the rainforests and thus preserve the animal habitat and ecosystem. The destruction of the ecosystem that offers nature goods and services for all living things means there may be loses on the many natures powerful products including those that could offer humankind health benefits. Green environment is a major agent in the purification of the atmosphere.

The importance of sustainable development through green living cannot be over emphasized as its effect goes beyond just the existing generation but also includes the coming generations. It I therefore of great necessity that we consume all resources in the most efficient way possible while putting the environment, our health and the coming generation into consideration. The symbiotic relationship between man and its environment increases the efficiency and effectiveness of man and the environment itself, therefore, for a city and its development to be sustainable, it is of high necessity to embrace the green living.

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The Earth’s environment is a dynamic system which includes many interacting components (physical, chemical, biological and human) that are constantly changing. The interactions and feedbacks among these components are complex and register high variability in time and space. Changes have always been present within the functioning of planet earth. But since 1950, human activities have produced an important impact in the Earth system (land surface, oceans, coasts, atmosphere, biological diversity, water cycle and biogeochemical cycles) causing changes well beyond natural variability (Vitousek 1992, Foley 2005, Levitus et al. 2012). The magnitude of these changes is increasing throughout the years due to the growing human population and the extension in scale of activities such as industry and agriculture.

After the industrial revolution, the world witnessed an increased gathering of its population in urban areas, as new job opportunities and improved living conditions increase. The 20th century witnessed the extreme and unprecedented growth of global urbanization. This trend is not new, but relentless and has been marked by a remarkable increase in the absolute numbers of urban dwellers, from a yearly average of 57 million between 1990-2000 to 77 million between 2010-2015 (MacLachlan, Biggs, Roberts and Boruff, 2017).

According to UN-Habitat (2016), the population in urban areas has increased from 14% in 1900 to 30% in 1950.With the world’s population evenly split between urban and rural areas in 2008, it is predicted by the UN that by 2050 the urban population will increase again to 66%with nearly 90% of this increase being concentrated in Asian and African cities. Nigeria alone is projected to add 212 million urban dwellers between 2014 and 2050. Whereas cities are hubs for positive social and economic transformation, urban centres are concentrations of industries, transportation, and other activities that release large quantities of greenhouse gases (Kara 2017).

An urban area is an area with an increased density of human created structures in comparison to the areas surrounding it (Enoguanbhor et al, 2019). These areas may be cities or towns, created and further developed by the process of urbanization. Urban areas are highly dynamic and are continually undergoing rapid changes, one of which is changes observed in land-use/land-cover (LULC) also known as land change. The knowledge of land use/land cover change is important to understanding certain occurrences on the earth’s biophysical composition. It entails a conversion of natural types of land to uses associated with growth of population and economy, transforming the landscape from its natural form to impervious urban lands termed cities and towns.

According to Hansen (2012), cities are the quintessence of man’s capacity to induce and control changes in his habitat. Through urbanization, man has created new ecosystems by interacting with the different components of the environment, thereby creating some imbalance in the system. This goes to say that urbanization is not without its consequences; most notable is the modification of land surface and atmospheric boundary conditions that lead to a modified thermal climate which leaves the cities warmer than surrounding non urbanized areas, commonly known as Urban Heat Island.

Birnin Kebbi land use and land cover change

Birnin-Kebbi is the administrative headquarters of Kebbi State. The total population of the city in 2006 was 268,620 and an estimated population of 366,200 in the 2016 demographic statistics released by the National Bureau of statistics, (NBS, 2016). The rate of urbanisation in the state has being largely influenced by the fast growing population. Despite having a Master Plan, the unchecked and uncontrolled development has led to the replacement of soil and vegetation cover with impervious urban materials and the creation of slums and squatter settlements. These may, directly or indirectly, affect the albedo and runoff characteristics of the land surface.

Land use and land cover change is a constant but gradual process occurring in any geographical location on the earth surface. This process may sometimes occur unnoticed over time and space. The Birnin-Kebbi land use and land cover analysis was examined using multi-temporal Landsat images between 1991 and 2018. The results (figure 3a) show that in 1991, with a population of 119,000 (UN-WPP, 2019) inhabitants, the urban/built-up areas were concentrated in the north-western part of the local government, with some isolated settlements in the other parts; development generally, was few and far between.

The urban/built up class covered only 1.4% (1,687 hectares) of the total land area. The low urban spread in 1991 is largely attributed to the fact that Birnin-Kebbi at this period was just elevated to the capital of a newly created state (Kebbi State), from Sokoto State. Also, vegetation covered 73,030 ha (58.5%), water body covered 0.04%, about 9,270 ha (7.4%) of the total land was used for agricultural purpose while bare land covered 40,773 ha (32.7%).

In 2000, (figure 3b), the population increased to 160,000 people (UN-WPP, 2019). The pattern of urban distribution indicates a gradual spread in the built up areas from the north-western part of the state capital, moving towards the western part in a linear pattern. There was also a rapid development of settlements in the southern part of the state capital. This led to the overall increase in the percentage of built up area in the year 2000 to 3.4% of the total land coverage. Also, vegetation covered 46.3%, water body covered 0.02%, and agricultural land covered 32.2% while bare ground covered 18.2%.


The growth in the built up area and agriculture is expected to come largely from bare ground and vegetation. This is because of the continuous increase in population due to migration and natural process, and the high demand on fuel wood for cooking energy (see plate II). So, the over dependent on fuel wood will lead to the destruction of vegetation. Similarly, the drive to make Nigeria self-sufficient in rice production will have a direct impact on vegetation, water body and bare ground in the future, as Kebbi state and Birnin Kebbi, in particular, is the major contributor to the total rice production in Nigeria.


It was discovered that there had been a steady increase in the rate of urbanisation and agricultural land (farmland) in the study area, with a corresponding decrease in vegetation cover and bare ground. The 2027 projection shows a similar trend and this is not environmentally sustainable.


There is a need to sensitive and re-orientate the people of Birnin Kebbi about the effect of using firewood as a source of cooking energy and it impact on climate change. The conscious reduction in the use of firewood for other sustainable alternatives like the LPG and electricity can lead to low patronage in the wood selling business and ultimately save the trees in the forest.

Sustainable skills development programmes, financial opportunity or material loans in terms of micro-credit schemes should be initiated by the government, through a coordinating ministry or NGO to provide LPG cooking system for private individuals and commercial food vendors at an interest-free loan to enable them stop the use of firewood.

The state government started a laudable project of planting trees within the urban areas in 2006-2007, this trees compensated for the loss in vegetation cover to farmland, leading to a small loss in vegetation between 2000 – 2009. The government should continue this project and encourage private organisations and individuals to plant trees. Primary and secondary school pupils can be motivated to plant a “Tree of Life” in their school environment.

The rate of land conversion from vegetation to agricultural purposes needs to be controlled, and more sustainable system of farming introduced.

Deliberate measures to control natural increase in population: if nothing is done to ensure a sustainable population size in the study area, all other effort to make Birnin Kebbi a sustainable city will be ineffective. The government need to synergize with Gate foundation, UNICEF and other aid organisation to invest more in the state in the area of family planning, education, poverty alleviation and green technology to improve child survival rate and ensure sustainable development.

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As the world searches for solutions to global climate change, tree planting has become increasingly popular, with ambitious campaigns aiming to plant billions or trillions of trees. These projects often have other environmental goals, too, like regulating water cycles, halting soil erosion and restoring wildlife habitat. They also often have socioeconomic goals, like alleviating poverty.

Based on UNEP Recommendations, Countries need to deliver on their existing commitments to restore 1 billion hectares of degraded land and make similar commitments for marine and coastal areas. Ecosystem restoration is one of the most important ways of delivering nature-based solutions for food insecurity, climate change mitigation and adaptation, and biodiversity loss. It won’t be quick or easy, and it will take deep changes to everything from the way we measure economic progress to how we grow food and what we eat. But the beauty of ecosystem restoration is that it can happen at any scale – and everyone has a role to play.

An effective way of achieving tree planting is engaging civil society organisations and Kaura Namoda Youth Alliance for Good Governance (KYAGG) have exemplified this through engaging themselves in road side tree planting in Nigeria.

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Esv. Dr. Aminu G. Waziri, PhD, ANIVS, RSV, CSPM, FOSHA

Head, Department of Building, Faculty of Environmental Sciences, Nigerian Army University, Biu, Borno State.


Apparently, the goals of sustainable development are designed for complementarities in the trio of environmental – economic – social dimensions. Part of the policy thrust is to ensure that no one is left behind while implementing one or more of these components. Pro – environmental practices and initiatives has been on the rise globally (Waziri et al., 2015). Developing countries are onsistently challenged on the circumstances surrounding the enablers and determinants of environmental protection policy process (Keeley and Scoones, 1999). The inefficiencies with environmental management strategies and systems especially on solid waste (Agunwamba, 1998), has consistently exposed most Nigerian cities to environmental pollution. This is because of widespread indiscriminate dumping of garbage on the streets (Sridhar et al., 2017). Lagos, which is Africa’s largest city, and Nigeria’s commercial center generates about 13,000 metric tons of solid waste per day (LAWMA, 2015). This figure is higher than that of New York City and about 3 times that of Ghana as a country (Ogunbiyi, 2018). The inefficiency of the prevailing waste management strategy and the exposure of the city to environmental pollution constrained Lagos State Government to devise a policy change on waste management.

The “Cleaner Lagos Initiative” (CLI) was conceived and launched in the last quarter of 2017 by the Lagos State Government as a modern solid waste management policy. The policy target was to make the city environmentally friendly, boost economic fortune and create job opportunities with a target to become Africa’s greenest city by the year 2025. The initiative was a government led policy with the involvement of Private Sector Participants (PSP’s) and covers all aspects of solid waste management. Waste management stakeholders workshop convened by the Federal Government of Nigeria in 2006 recommended among others, the Integrated Waste Management (IWM) approach in collaboration with the private sector (Sridhar, et al. 2017). Notwithstanding, the policy incited a conflict arising from the marginalized perspectives of waste pickers, scavengers, field laborers’ emoluments and inordinate collection and disposal mechanism. This article explores the listed issues:

a. Is the CLI in conformity with sustainable development paradigm?

b. Are the CLI goals realisable through the existing policy framework?

c. What impacts for marginalised informal sector value chain?

To achieve these, a syntheses of policy process discourses, and the STEPS pathways approach be used to show how political power relations shape sustainable development policies. This article examines CLI with reference to the 3D’s of Direction, Diversity and Distribution.


Sesan, (2018) observes that, the CLI process neither consulted public nor sought the input of key waste management stakeholders and operators. It is a government led, linear top – bottom approach which came into effect through executive order. Though, CLI was primarily designed as an environmental sustainability policy, its focus pointed to three main directions:environmental sanity through Integrated Waste Management System (IWMS), economic prosperity through waste to wealth generation and social security in form of job creation, that all points to the policy direction of change. However, the policy eventually narrows mostly to economic gains which is not only inconsistent but negates the principles of plurality in sustainable development, by focusing on neo-classical economic agenda, placing high premium on economic return. It did not consider key industry players at its inception and did not allow for multi- perspectives direction that encompasses every interest as it should with the STEPS pathways. Direction for sustainability policy should be consistent, reliable and democratically designed for optimum and satisfactory outcome.


This implies a multi-dimensional but interrelated approach to sustainability (Stirling, 2007). In the context of CLI policy, diversity suggests that there are multiple approaches for the implementation of the policy that is able to moderate the complicity and intricate nature of the solid waste management approach. In contrast the diversity approach however, the core implementation of the CLI policy was left to the Private Sector Participants (PSP’s) and private firms. For instance, Visionscape was in charge of waste collection/disposal and the resuscitation and management of dumpsites in Lagos State while the Lagos State Government, through the Ministry of Environment (MoE) and Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA), were to regulate and enforce the policy and collects waste from public places respectively. This system makes the entire CLI initiative to be ‘locked-in’, thereby making it impossible for diverse pathways of multiple actors and strategies. This was evident by the non-inclusion of other form of sustainable waste processing guidelines such as reduce, reuse and recycle (3R’s) at source. In addition, the input of traditional waste management value chain at the dumpsites was excluded.

For example, multiple opportunities presented by waste in agrarian developing countries such as the utilization as local manure for crop production was not explored. It is well observed that, governments in the global south tend to pay limited attention to waste minimization resulting into all waste being evacuated to the dumpsites with an overwhelming increase in the cost of logistics (Jessica, 2015). Appreciating and integrating the diversity dimension approach on the CLI policy is important if key industry stakeholders are required to make input towards the realization of the policy objectives.

Distribution: This assesses the CLI using the lens of distribution, which promotes just and equitable arrangements and categorization of opportunities. The CLI has limited approach as conventional and informal sector were not fully and clearly integrated, thus exacerbating the tendencies for poverty and hunger among marginalized groups. The policy framework promoted inequality as the means of livelihood of more than 3000 families became threatened, which prompted protests seeking for redress by the affected groups. However, Stirling, (2010) contends that, any approach with a resultant effect of poverty as an outcome is difficult to manage. In the case under review, opportunities were not given to Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) who were hitherto part of the prior waste management for loan guarantees, as was issued to the few selected PSPs, hence edging them out of the business.

Assessment through Social, Technological and Environmental (STEPS) Pathways to Sustainability:

The STEPS pathway requires multi-dimensional approach to addressing sustainability issues. This includes cost-benefit-analysis, application of enhanced innovative technologies as well as socio- economic cohesion applicable within the context of CLI. Developing countries are consistently challenged on the circumstances surrounding the enablers and determinants of environmental protection policy process (Keeley and Scoones, 1999). These factors need to be clearly identified and explored, if meaningful waste management policies are to be realized. CLI policy has left key industry players either partially or completely displaced from their primary source of livelihood. Researchers across the globe appreciates the need for all-inclusive participation as a tool for sustainable waste management (Marello and Helwege 2014). The policy predicated on environmental concerns, and for political power to appease their subjects by making them to be seen as solution providers, as evident in the whole process.

The influence of the Federal Government on the policy is felt through the waste management stakeholders workshop convened in 2006 which recommended among others, the Integrated Waste Management (IWM) approach in collaboration with the private sector (Sridhar, et al. 2017). The CLI has limited the key operators of the IWM to Government and some PSPs without due recourse to the input of informal sectors with decades of experience in the waste management value chain. For instance, the activities of waste pickers, trucks drivers and scavengers on the dumpsite have impacted significantly unto the lives of their families. They depend on these activities to provide their basic necessities such as food, shelter, and clothing for their families and also send their children to school while meeting other social and economic needs. The policy which sought to displace these informal sector participants did not consider multiple and sustainable pathways to integrate these classes including access to funding.

Furthermore, the STEPS also suggests that government, through its various participating agencies should play the role of coordinator and regulator, relinquishing most of the implementation strategy to the private sectors. There is no clear sustainable road map on how jobs will be created and, how affected community will be carried along. This indicates the absence of the application of the social components of STEPS. The selection mechanism for PSP operators focus on technological and financial capabilities, techno- fixes, without regards to the roles of traditional norms and culture in the waste management value chain. It is worthy to note that, studies across disciplines have recognized the dynamic relationship between the environment and development. This relationship is complex in nature and can be contextually defined differently from what traditional bureaucratic policy processes uphold (Demeritt, et. al, 2011).

The Conflicts in CLI:

A careful assessment of the environmental justice Atlas (2019) indicates sustainability conflicts on the part of waste pickers and scavengers. These groups of stakeholders are identified as an integral part of secondary stakeholders in the waste management policy. Successful waste management depends largely on the input and involvement of stakeholders (Phong et al., 2018), irrespective of their categories. Sustainable environmental management policy should consider the interest of both policy receptors, implementers and the complete value chain. This participatory process is able to promote socio-economic harmony, reduce inequality, enhance synergies and avoid non “trade-offs” displacements.

Certainly, waste pickers and scavengers are left behind in the CLI policy. This is against the spirit of sustainable development guidelines, and results in the marginalization of critical stakeholders. This has resulted in unnecessary conflicts, as is the case of Lagos which has constrained other stakeholders including government to propose what we call “after thought” proposals that will likely not yielding desired outcome. This was after a protest march to the State House of Assembly by these marginalise informal sector under the auspices of Waste Recyclers Association of Nigeria

(WRAN), Scavengers Association of Nigeria (SAN) and National Association of Solid Waste Dealers of Nigeria (NASWDEN). Sesan (2018) reported that although the combined waste management value chain engaged over 10,000 workers prior to the implementation of the CLI, this figure has gradually declined to less than 2,700 after privatising the sector.

The policy tends to be a neoliberal capitalist, which has globally continued to threaten waste pickers livelihood, see for example (Hartmann, 2018) that has invariable derailed the true intents and meaning of sustainable development. The top bottom approach in the CLI policy has delivered less than expected, with tendencies for more conflicts from legitimacy of scope and jurisdiction between Lagos State and Local Governments Authorities, especially on accruals and sharing arrangements. Political power relations is required to strengthen the entire framings, given credence to diverse perspectives. The need for a framework and approach with a clearly defined pattern of democratic processes-participatory, open ended, bring us back to the notion that, sustainable development requires integration with political process in addition to knowledge and expertise to actualise.


Marello and Helwege (2014) observes that, waste management policy that integrates waste pickers has the propensity for creating jobs, promote pro-environmental practices and reduces public expenditure on landfills. Three years into the program concerns on the effectiveness of the CLI policy has continued to emerge at macro and micro levels doubting realization of the set goals. The elements of political power play that influences the interaction of human-society and environment, dictate path way to this policy in contrast to the 3D’s and STEPS doctrine that advocates for plural pathways. The article further concurs with (Mbah, et. al. 2019) on the emphasis for the need to integrate “informal” sector participants, explore diverse pathways for a pragmatic policy on sustainable solid waste management in Lagos State. A framework should anchor and allow equitable participation and therefore there is need to review CLI policy including prioritising outcomes and periodic evaluation on the implementations mechanism. An “afterthought” arrangement for an informal sector participant negates the principles of sustainable development. The assertion of Raina & Dey (2020) on the need for dogmatic policy promoters who understand the working matrix of public interactions for a definite policy framework is reinforced.

We submit that, CLI is state-centered, non-participatory, government-led linear approach, with inordinate direction, limited diversification and inappropriate distribution pattern. STEPS pathways have revealed the myopic view of government singular influence to initiate and promote the policy with a more neo-classical economic perspective. The necessity to conceptualize a reformatory and holistic sustainable development policy framework at all levels which promotes wellbeing is identified by Mortensen, et. al. (2016).

This paper therefore, present a preliminary conceptual framework for waste management policy in developing countries, on a simple but complex interaction of Government-Needs-Concerns- Systems relations as described in Figure 1.

The political power through government mechanism considers and integrates special sustainable development needs, within the purview of the concern stakeholders including professionals and knowledge-based expertise, provides holistic waste management approach in line with the set-out goals. Political power relations are a key catalyst in determining pathways to sustainable development. The need for multi-dimensional approach for a successful waste management policies, regulations and guidelines especially in developing countries were stressed by McAllister, (2015). Synthesising STEPS pathways with the 3D’s of Direction, Diversity and Distribution to assess the CLI policy constrained us to conceptualize a framework in Figure 1. Comprehensive application of the proposed framework facilitates de-coupling of those informal sector adjudged marginalized, hence reduce conflicts in the area of policy implementation for living no one behind.


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An Activist for a Sane Habitat at The Carpenter’s Daughter (A Sustainable Development Initiative

There is a tremendous degree of ill-habits and apathy towards climate change in Nigeria. This trend is evident in almost all walks of life. Undoubtedly, it stems from the lack of democracy in most countries in Africa, resulting in the lack of food security, poverty, lack of water security even with the presence of three Niles on the continent, and a bunch of other low points. Hence, even with the effects of climate change on their environment and health, it means nothing to people who have not had direct access to portable water in three years; needless to mention other problems in form of poverty, poor health, insecurity, lack of electricity, illiteracy, and  unemployment. And while the rich can afford to live carbon-free, they don’t. ….Their decisions and lifestyles push us further to the edge. 

If climate change and global warming will continue to occur regardless of whether people are faced with social problems or not, if people’s misconduct towards the environment will not change because they are busy trying to survive, or applying their relative wealth to different ill choices; How can we make a difference as individuals, and architects, urban planners, engineers, doctors, mothers, fathers, business owners. . . . .?

  • What are you doing regarding enlightening others?
  • What are you doing with respect to adopting alternatives to the use of plastics?
  • Are you altering the cityscape while building your dream home, the right way?
  • What is your contribution towards improving green and blue infrastructure?
  • What is the formula you adopt while figuring out what tree is expendable and what tree is not?
  • What happens to the fell trees?

Many mitigating measures are inexpensive and easy to incorporate in our lifestyles, professional practices, and while dealing with clients or our groups. 

A group of researchers recently published a commentary in the journal, Nature; they argue that there is a growing evidence to suggest that irreversible changes to the earth’s environmental systems are already taking place, and that we are now in a state of planetary emergency.

The intervention time left to prevent tipping could already have shrunk towards zero, whereas the reaction time to achieve net zero emissions is 30 years at best. Hence, we might already have lost control of whether tipping happens. A saving grace is that the rate at which damage accumulates from tipping — and hence the risk posed — could still be under our control to some extent.

If this is true, then We must lead on climate change. We are too close to the fringe to sit comfortably. The United Nations new Sustainable Development Goals call for action by all countries, poor, rich and middle-income to promote prosperity while protecting the planet.

Nigeria needs more people who are dedicated, to be at the forefront of addressing prevailing issues, especially those related to sustainable living. I am committed and I yearn to get involved in the works that combat climate change and improve livelihoods. Are you?

Stainless-steel water bottles and recycled bag.

While I cannot do too many great things yet, I do not sit and wait. I do little things towards reducing my carbon / environmental footprint

  • I use and refill stainless-steel water bottles, for myself and my kids when we go out. To deter from buying and drinking water packed in sachet or plastic bottles. 
  • I go to the market and to the stores with my own recycled bags, to avoid bringing home my groceries in plastic bags. I opt for paper boxes/cartons when I have to.
  • I plant my own vegetables, spices, and flowers.
  • I have also pledged to plant a tree on each of my kid’s birthday, at designated locations, until they are old enough to plant their own trees.

I am happy to take these actions while encouraging and influencing my wards, family, neighbors and community at large.

We can do no great things, only small things with great love

Mother Theresa

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World Environment Day 2021 – Every Year on 5 June, World Environment Day is celebrated. The day is observed by the United Nations principal vehicle for the encouragement of awareness and action for the protection of our environment. It was first held in 1974, it was a flagship campaign that has been done to raise awareness related to the emerging from environmental issues to marine pollution, human overpopulation, and global warming, to sustainable consumption, and wildlife crime.

Ecosystems support all life on Earth. The healthier our ecosystems are, the healthier the planet – and its people. The UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration aims to prevent, halt and reverse the degradation of ecosystems on every continent and in every ocean. It can help to end poverty, combat climate change and prevent a mass extinction. It will only succeed if everyone plays a part. World Environment Day 2021  is aimed at PREVENTING, HALTING AND REVERSING THE DEGRADATION OF ECOSYSTEMS WORLDWIDE. #GenerationRestoration.

Urban areas occupy less than 1 per cent of the Earth’s land surface but house more than half of its people. Despite their steel and concrete, crowds and traffic, cities and towns are still ecosystems whose condition profoundly marks the quality of our lives. Functioning urban ecosystems help clean our air and water, cool urban heat islands, shield us from hazards and provide opportunities for rest and play. They can also host a surprising amount of biodiversity.

Urban ecosystems are often highly degraded. Poor planning seals soils and leaves little space for vegetation. Waste and emissions from industry, traffic and homes pollutes waterways, soils and the air. Unchecked urban sprawl gobbles up more and more wildlife habitat. But authorities, communities and citizens can use restoration to achieve environmental, social and cultural gains at the same time.

Here are some rewarding approaches: Green public spaces: Design and support initiatives to restore waterways and wetlands, plant indigenous trees, and create urban woodland and other wildlife habitats along roads and railways and in public spaces. Get local businesses to help with funding and expertise. Sometimes, the best efforts come for free: Rewilding public spaces by mowing grass and cutting down plants less attracts insects, birds, butterflies and even mammals to return to the city.

Citizens for sustainability: Campaign for sustainable urban planning, including the restoration of disused or contaminated sites, the inclusion of green spaces in new housing developments, and strong public transport networks. Faced with climate change, more citizens get involved in “adopt-a-tree” initiatives that help ensure trees -especially the young ones with shallow roots -are watered during dry spells. Digital tools, like apps, can support these efforts by tracking and coordinating individual contributions.

In Cellebration of World Environment Day 2021 Association of City Managers in Nigeria (ACMAN) shall be sharing articles and stories of environmental management practices in Nigeria on #staytuned #staysafe #GenerationRestoration

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