….As 2019 Walk for Nature holds,
records impressive attendance
Lagos State Commissioner for the Environment and Water Resources, Mr Tunji
Bello has called for a lifestyle
change in favour of nature conservation for the attainment
of a sustainable environment in Lagos State.
stated this during the 2019 Annual Walk for Nature, held at the State House,
Marina, Lagos on Saturday to advocate the ideals of nature conservation
and promoting sustainable environmental management.
a speech read on his behalf by the Permanent Secretary, Office of Environment,
Mrs Ronke Odeneye, he said that the mounting pressure on nature’s resources,
dwindling wildlife, rising world population, due to
pollution, particularly plastic arising from anthropogenic activities, has
made a shift in attitude towards the environment a necessity.
pollution is the accumulation of plastic objects and particles in the
environment that adversely affect wildlife habitat and humans”
instance, the rich ecosystem in Lagos State, which is home to a variety of
aquatic and terrestrial plants and animals, are under serious threat due to
plastic pollution” he added.
explained that plastic has many valuable uses, but the people have become
addicted to single use. Materials such as straws, styrofoam for
fast food or disposable plastic after use
result to severe environmental consequences that the State is facing
that Plastic Waste is now so ubiquitous in the natural environment that
scientists have even suggested that it could serve as a geological indicator of
the Anthropocene era.
stated that it was imperative to combat the impacts of plastic pollution
on our ecosystem, its biodiversity and human health by shifting to a more
conscious approach to multiple-use and plastic recycling.
to research plastic that acts as
pollutants have accounted for 10% of the total waste generated.
It constitutes 90% of all trash floating on the ocean surface at a rate of
about 4,600 pieces of plastic per square mile”.
said it is nearly impossible to clean the seas from plastic waste and
micro-plastics, emphasizing the needs to be tackle this pollution at
the source because it is not sustainable to cleanup plastic pollution once it
has entered the sea.
said that along with the urban sprawl, there is need to slow the flow of
plastic at its source and to improve the way we manage our plastic waste in
motion because a lot of it ends up in the environment.
waste according to the Governor can persist in the environment for
centuries, whether in a river, ocean, drainage or on land,
adding that it also clogsthe sewers exacerbating flooding, disrupting
traffic, damaging infrastructure and properties.
urged everyone to be aware of the fact that there is an urgent
need to improve the environment and start taking responsibility
for their behavior and change
theirattitude to achieve sustainable development.
reiterated that the State Government is consistent in
its responsibility to curb plastic pollution by
improving waste management system, saying that the new Blue Box programme
launched by the State is aimed at modernizing waste management systems, in
a bid to achieve a Lagos devoid of filth and plastic pollution.
disclosed that the consolidated environmental law is geared towards
preservation of the Lagos environment in a holistic and sustainable manner to
attain a cleaner, greener, healthier and more livable State.
all parties involved in the success of 2019 edition of Walk for
Nature, the Commissioner said it is through such collaborations that a
decisive blow can be launched against plastic pollution.
collective responsibility to environmental issues is very key.The private
sector, both formal and informal must help shape
this desirous cleaner future” he added.
Walk for Nature programme is organized annually in conjunction with the
Nigerian Conservation Foundation and this edition featured a walk from the
state house marina through Leventis, outer marina and back to the State
year’s event was attended by top government officials, captains of industries
as well as students from various schools across the state.
in a goodwill message, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Drainage and
Water Resources, Engineer Joe Igbokwe commended the collaboration between the
State Government and Nigerian Conservation for the safety and protection of the
said plastics remember a potent danger to humanity and all efforts must be made
to address the problem before it gets out of hand.
walk featured participation by several groups and organizations, volunteers and