By Ruth Oketunde
The Climate Live Nigeria and Fridays for Future Nigeria, a civil society organisation, has launched a music concert to push for collective action against Climate Change and end to fossil fuels usage in the country.
Mr Kingsley Odogwu, National Coordinator and Country Representative of the organisation, said this at a musical concert in Abuja.
Odogwu said the concert was organised to drive home its demands and to call on the government to declare climate change a national emergency.
He said it was important for the federal government to put an end to fossil fuels and shift to renewable energy sources.
He said that fossil fuels has continued to create enormous toll on humanity and the environment, ranging from air and water pollution to climate change.
He said that as world leaders gather at the UN COP28 in Nov., it was necessary for Nigeria to also put its voice and demand a rapid and equitable end to coal, oil and gas usage.
“This music concert has a lot of people from across the country who are committed to using music to unite, fight for climate justice and safeguard the future of the planet.
“This whole concept is to encourage youths in Nigeria to take up this fight and tell the story of how fossil fuels usage and climate change have impacted their lives.
“We have a line-up of artists and climate activist. These include OGB LAXXY, ACEKEYZ, SKIPS TI, Elona Erezi, Chidera Nwanekpe, among others.
“As the 28th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 28) draws closer, we want to use this music concert to call on world leaders to know that more must be done to protect the planet and those experiencing the devastating effects of the crisis everyday,” he said.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the concert had in attendance artists, activist and scientist, who endorsed a Fossil Fuels non-proliferation treaty.
NAN reports that the COP28 will take place from Nov. 30 to Dec. 12 in the United Arab Emirates.
NAN reports that the focus areas for COP28 include: Fast-tracking our global transition to clean energy and decarbonize the energy industry as we attempt to limit global warming to 1.5° C (2.7° F) above pre-industrial levels. (NAN)(www.nannews.ng)
Edited by Sadiya Hamza