Tuesday, 4 March 2014

Tour of Bodo Community



Tour of Bodo Community from Health of MotherEarth Foundation on Vimeo.

Inspecting environmental pollution of sea and land in and around Bodo Community, Ogoniland, Rivers State.

Thursday, 20 February 2014

Protecting the Earth and Saving our Climate: avoiding a 4-degree warmer world by Akinola Babatunde

Our Earth is in great danger! And frankly speaking, protecting the Earth is our responsibility, first as individuals or industries, then as a nation. The damage the earth has experienced so far is human induced. It is extremely likely that human influence has been the dominant cause of the observed climate changes and warming since the mid 20th century. This presentation aims at making a statement about protecting our Environment and our Earth. By this, we mean creating a favorable and conducive climate we can live in, not just for us and the present times, but for several generations and thousands of years to come. This article should spur you to action and encourage you to begin to take steps in your homes, religious settings, institutions and personal lives on protecting our earth and reducing the amount of human induced gases, leading to the untimely death of the earth and its inhabitants. We will discuss the effect of our in-action as humans as it concerns hazardous gases in the atmosphere, warmer/colder climatic conditions, the human health, food, water and agriculture in general. What are the evidences that our earth is in danger? What are the proofs of climate change that could endanger the lives and future?


The first evidence is increase in CO2 (carbon dioxide) concentrations and emissions. CO2 is a green house gas. Green house gases cause the earth to become warmer. These gases act like blanket that prevent heat radiation from escaping into space, thereby increasing the earth surface temperature. According to Keeling et al. (1976) and Pales & Keeling (1965), there has been an increase in CO2 from 316 ppm (parts per million) to 391 ppm between 1958 and 2012. This is about 25% increase 54 years. Since 1959, about 350 billion metric tons of carbon has been emitted through human activity; 45% of these have remained in the atmosphere while the remaining 55% is absorbed by the ocean. The present atmospheric CO2 concentrations are higher than any time in the last 15 million years (Tripati, Roberts, and Eagle 2009). This tells us that the earth will get warmer/hotter, endangering its inhabitants. The more the green house gases, the higher the global mean temperature will rise. Global mean temperature is now 0.8°C above the preindustrial levels. This increase is caused by human induced (anthropogenic) gases. Currently we are at the brink of a 2°C warmer world. Projections have it that by the end of this century, we may experience a 4°C warmer world - this should be avoided! Even a 2°C world is unacceptable.


The increase in ocean heat storage is another proof that our earth is in danger. Approximately 93% of the additional heat absorbed by the earth system resulting from an increase in green house gas concentration since 1955 is stored in the ocean (Levitus et al., 2012). Between 1955 and 2010, the world's oceans, to a depth of 2000 meters, have warmed on average by 0.09°C. The effect of this is adverse on fisheries, especially in tropical regions as they migrate from tropical countries to cooler waters. In addition, warming ocean surface can boost stratification (formation of water layers based on saltiness and temperature of water), potentially limiting nutrient availability to primary producers. Also, ocean warming damages the marine ecosystems and interferes with global ocean production. This happens when there is an expansion in ocean hypoxic zones (dead zones or low oxygen areas) due to ocean warming. In this case the ocean basin becomes less habitable for marine habitats (Stramma et al., 2011).

Meanwhile, heat waves and extreme temperatures are clear and present signs that climate change could

and will endanger our present and future human existence.The past 10 to 15 years witnessed exceptional number of heat waves around the world that each caused severe societal impacts. Examples of such are European heat waves of 2003 (led to 70,000 deaths), Greek heat wave of 2007, Australian heat wave of 2009, Russian heat wave of 2010 (led to 55,000 deaths and more than 1 million hectares of burned land), Texas heat wave of 2011, and U.S heat wave of 2012 (total burned area of 7.72 million acres). The unpalatable effects of such heat waves are: many heat related deaths, forest fires, and harvest losses. All these are due to human influence on the climate. Wouldn't we rather protect our climate and earth?

Further, the effect of anthropogenic gases on agriculture is enormous. Dry regions are getting drier, and wet regions are getting wetter. Warming due to human induced gases lead to more evaporation and evapotranspiration, which enhances surface drying, and in turn the intensity and duration of droughts (Trenberth 2010). Droughts have been on the increase; sown areas for all major crops have increasingly experienced drought, with drought affected areas for maize increasing from 8.5% to 18.6% since 1960s; this is more than double! It has been seen and proven that global crop production has been negatively affected by climate trends. This has led to billions of dollars of total economic losses (and still counting) as the case is with Russia in 2010.


In conclusion, we should begin to ask ourselves, what can we do to protect our earth, and save our climate and environment? What legacy and statements am we making towards making our climate cleaner and safer? Whatever we decide at personal level, industrial, local, national and global levels, we must ensure the reduction of anthropogenic green house gases (particularly CO2), which will in turn reduce global warming, and all its negative effects enumerated above. We must join hands to protect our earth and climate so we can secure our future and that of the generations unborn. Thank you.
 
About the writer: 
Akinola Babatunde
Solar Energy Expert
M: +905338477359, +2348060171786

Tuesday, 25 June 2013

Zero Carbon Africa - 35 African Countries Stronger!








A short video on Zero Carbon Africa (ZAC) - a grassroots movement currently working with young people in 35 African Countries for climate justice!

Friday, 5 April 2013

ZERO CARBON AFRICA COUNTRY FOCAL POINT APPLICATION


This is a call to all young people interested in taking a leadership role in tackling climate change issues with Zero Carbon Africa (ZCA) by applying to be a ZCA Country Focal Point.


 
WHO WE ARE
Zero Carbon Africa - ZCA, is an alliance of youth focused non-governmental organizations and individuals in Africa working with young people to champion climate change and sustainable development solutions at all levels, with special focus on providing adaptation and mitigation strategies for grassroots people and initiatives.
A major aspect of our work is focused on developing and improving platforms for the emergence of young climate change leaders who will create a sustainable world for the future generations. Africa is one of the continents that are most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change, and the present generation of youths will be responsible for creating a sustainable future. Therefore we believe it is of utmost importance that the African youths be prepared to carry out their responsibilities to the earth and its future.
Continuing with our vision, this year, ZCA is announcing this call for Country Focal Points (CFP) for a two-year term from June 2013 to June 2015. Application for this term is open to ALL countries in Africa. This is a call to all young people interested in taking a leadership role in tackling climate change issues with ZCA by applying to be a ZCA CFP. Please read the information and criteria listed below and fill out the application if you areinterested, committed, and eligible.

APPLICATION CRITERIA
·         Candidate is a youth aged 18 - 35;
·         Is an African and resides in his/her country of origin
·         Has a genuine will to volunteer and participate in the work of Zero Carbon Africa;
·         Has regular internet access
·         Can understand and communicate effectively in English
·         Is willing to work on a voluntary basis for an average of 4 – 5 hours per week;
·         Is able to commit for the duration of the term (2 years)
·         Can work independently with minimal supervision;
·         Has a very good understanding of climate change issues
·         Works with youth people; can coordinate activities effectively to achieve a set goal
·         Agrees to consult with Zero Carbon Africa staff before using our logo and materials regarding sensitive communication

THE FOCAL POINT
The focal point is an integral piece of the Zero Carbon Africa framework for sustainable change, who effectively coordinates climate change related activities and initiatives by young people at grassroots, local, state and national level. The focal point is dedicated to working with the Zero Carbon Africa team to ensure that climate change adaptation and mitigation activities are carried out using best practices in Africa through capacity building and advocacy.

Responsibility
·         Represent Zero Carbon Africa in your country as a focal point
·         Conduct research on organizations working in your country on climate change, environmental protection and/or sustainable development and make contact with such organizations.
·         Coordinate the National  Day of Action on Climate Change, and other Zero Carbon Africa activities in your country
·         Build relationship and engage loose collections of individuals, activists and organizations to increase grassroots climate change awareness in your country
·         Collate monthly report on activities on climate change by local organizers, groups, advocates, individuals for Zero Carbon Africa in your country
·         Submit a brief report and pictures of conferences/important meetings attended.
·         Contribute timely feedback upon request on important issues, documents and/or proposals.
·         Contribute climate change-related news and relevant resources for the Zero Carbon Africa website and blog.
·         Represent Zero Carbon Africa and its objectives of empowering the youth working on climate change at any relevant national conferences and events.
·         Undertake outreach and communication with Zero Carbon Africa in your country, to ensure equal focus and representation related to national needs, challenges and activities.
·         Organize local gatherings (networking meetings, capacity building) at least once every six months with young change makers in resource-constrained areas.

The deadline is Sunday 5th May 2013, 2300Hrs GMT. Forms submitted after this date will not be considered.
Females are especially encouraged to apply. It is advised that applicants are located in a major city in the country for ease of access of communication and coordination.

Due to the high volume of applications, only short listed applicants will be contacted. We cannot respond to inquiries regarding your application. If you have any questions concerning the application process, please e-mail info@zerocarbonafrica.org.

Thank you! We look forward to receiving your applications!

Click here to APPLY Now!

Tuesday, 11 September 2012

ARTing Climate Change Event in Nigeria


Zero Carbon Africa would like to invite you to the ARTing Climate Change event on Thursday 27thSeptember, 2012. Climate change is impacting more local communities across Nigeria with children, young people and women bearing the biggest brunt. BBC World Service Trust report states that climate change awareness in Nigeria is about 1% and there is a need for concerted and coordinated campaign to raise climate change awareness!
 The ARTing Climate Change is a green carpet event tailored to showcase the impact of climate change in various sectors in the Nigerian society using art – music, interpretative dance performance, poetry-in-motion, photography, presentations, video documentary (with local content) and sharing of real life experience by victims. This event is aim to raise awareness about climate change and inspire positive actions among young people during the National Day of Action on Climate Change on Thursday 25th October, 2012.
 When & Where:
Time: 3pm prompt
Date: Thursday 27th September, 2012
Venue: Art Theatre, University of Lagos
 For more information visit the event blog
 Expected guests and speakers:
-      Nnimmo Bassey
       Executive Director – Environmental Rights Action (ERA)
       Chair, Friends of the Earth International
-      Christine Kay
        Country Director – Heinrich Boell Foundation Nigeria
 -      Tunde Ojei
        Associate Country Director – Oxfam Nigeria
 -      Members of the diplomatic corps
 -      Representatives from the State and Federal Government
 -      Renown artists and actresses….And many more!
 Want to attend?
 1.    Fill this short Form (less than 45 seconds to complete)
 2.    Join us on Facebook
 3.    Follow us on Twitter and join the conservation by tweeting at your Politicians, environmentalists, celebrities and your friends to be part of the event using hashtag #ARTingCC
 Sample tweet: @bukolasaraki where will you be on Sept. 27th? Don’t miss the ARTing Climate Change http://tinyurl.com/ARTingCC #ARTingCC



Wednesday, 5 September 2012

Media Advisory: ‘ARTing Climate Change’ to showcase climate change impacts in Nigeria

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 04, 2012
Contact: Rhoda Robinson, rhoda@zerocarbonafrica.org , 08131967570



               ********** MEDIA ADVISORY **********

ARTing Climate Change’ to showcase climate change impacts in Nigeria

UNILAG, LAGOS: Thursday 27th September, over a 1,000 people including government officials, members of the diplomatic corps, environmental experts - Nnimmo Bassey (Environmental Rights Action), Christine Kay (Heinrich Boell Foundation);  renown Nollywood stars, musicians, dancers, painters and students’ associations will attend the ARTing Climate Change event which is tailored to showcase climate change impact our lives daily using art and there will be an official launch of the National Day of Action on Climate Change.

WHAT: A green carpet event theme ‘ARTing Climate Change’ to showcase climate change impacts on different sector of the Nigerian society using art – music, interpretative dance performance, photography, poetry, video documentary with local content and sharing of real life experiences by victims aim to raise awareness about climate change and inspire positive actions among young people during the ‘National Day of Action on Climate Change’ on 25th October.

WHO: Zero Carbon Africa is an alliance of youth-led/focused organisations and young individuals committed to championing grassroots solutions to climate change and empowering young people on environmental sustainability issues across Africa [1].

WHERE: University of Lagos Main Auditorium

WHEN: Thursday, September 27th from 3pm to 8pm

WHY: A BBC World Trust Service report stated that climate change awareness in Nigeria is about 1% [2]. Flooding and ocean surges are becoming more rampant in Lagos and surrounding coastal communities, meanwhile, gully erosion and failed crop production threatens food security crises in Nigeria due to changes in weather pattern as farmers, artisans, students and the general populace are ignorant of the impacts of climate change on their lives.

Recent developments on the ARTing Climate Change include:

·   Confirmation of attendance by government officials and members of the diplomatic corps
·   Partnership support from over a dozen civil society groups and students associations, including Lagos State Ministry of the Environment, Oxfam Nigeria, Nnimmo Bassey - Chair, Friends of the Earth International, Heinrich Boell Foundation Nigeria, Children And The Environment (CATE), Photo Lounge Studios, Crown Troupe of Africa, Junior Chambers International (JCI), 350Nigeria, 350.org, Global Coalition for Climate Change (GCCA), Earth Child Institute
·   Over 700 registered participants for the event
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NOTE TO EDITORS:

1. Zero Carbon Africa

• Durban, South Africa
Hosted the first ever Nigerian Youths Teleconference in the history of youth participation at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Durban, South Africa.

• Rio de Janiero, Brazil
Initiated an online radio broadcast campaign “Echoes from Rio” live from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil during the Earth Summit (Rio+20) in June, 2012 to increase the quality of African youth participation at the conference.
www.facebook.com/groups/ZeroCarbonAfrica

2. BBC World Service Trust 



Tuesday, 21 August 2012

Zero Carbon Africa organizes “ARTing CLIMATE CHANGE” come September 27th

Sequel to the BBC World Service Trust 2008 report which states that climate change awareness in Nigeria could be as low as 1%, Zero Carbon Africa – an alliance of youth-led/focused organisations and young individuals committed to championing grassroots innovative solutions to climate change and empowering young people on environmental sustainability issues across Africa have come up with a coordinated approach to educate Nigerians on the dangers posed by climate change through an event tagged “ARTing CLIMATE CHANGE”.

Nigeria is already facing climate change challenges, as the southern coast of the country is being threatened by erosions and floods, while the northern is threatened by desert encroachment, sand invasion, food security issues among others thus, the call for ACTION.


In a bid to reach the vast majority of Nigerians which are youth; Zero Carbon Africa has set to host a Green Carpet [ARTing CLIMATE CHANGE] on 27th September, 2012. ARTing CLIMATE CHANGE will showcase the impact of climate change as it affect our lives in different sector of the society through the use of art – music, dance performance, poetry, paintings, locally produced video documentary and sharing of true stories.

Speaking with the Project Director, Zero Carbon Africa, Zaid Shopeju, he noted that their main objective of this initiative is to enlighten the public on climate change as a new reality for Nigeria and empower young people to play an active role as an agent of change in championing innovative solutions to address these impacts in their different local communities because art is one of the best ways to help people understand the science of climate change which will give it a human face.

 Shopeju further says, ‘to implement this project Zero Carbon Africa will be working with renowned and upcoming artists, poets, climate experts, public personalities who will showcase their work on environment protection and openly endorse the event as a sign of commitment to acting as environment ambassadors’.
In light to all of the preparation, the Communication Director, Isaiah Owolabi says, ‘there will be exhibition of different art works during the Green Carpet section of the event (paintings, books and more) not forgetting that young people have a strong inclination towards art.

Our approach is targeted at using art to get their attention in order to creatively pass our message; that young people can champion environmental, economic and social solutions for today and tomorrow’.
The visual art will include interpretive dance, drama presentations, poetry and more will be employed to educate and inform the public on the impacts of climate change on our society.

Giving an overview of the programme outlook, Mr. Owolabi went further to say that the event will birth the “National Day of Action on Climate change” where young people across Nigeria will take action on climate change for October 25, 2012, a one day action by young people in Nigeria to save today and preserve tomorrow!

Thus far, Zero Carbon Africa have been able to reach over 7million across Nigeria through TV and Radio programs that cut across different states and online radio from UN summit in Rio De Janiero. “Echoes from Rio” reach over 2 million Africa youth through online radio broadcast, live streamlining interviews, side events among others.

The Zero Carbon Africa is an alliance of HACEY’s Health Initiative, Youth Vision Alliance Network (YVAN), HEDA Resource Centre and Centre for 21st Century Issues

Sunday, 12 August 2012

Youth Speaks: UN International Youth Day (Lagos State Television)

Zero Carbon Africa visited the Lagos State Television today 12th August, 2012 as part of our activities for the United Nations International Youth Day celebration. Enjoy the action moment as we enlighten over 5 million young people in Lagos State, Nigeria on the importance of the day, while explaining roles young people, private & public section and government can play in partnership to building a sustainable future for all.





Saturday, 11 August 2012

International Youth Day 2012: Media Blitz












August 12th of every year is declared by the United Nations as the International Youth Day. This year's theme is "Building a Better World: Partnering with Youth".


Join ZERO CARBON AFRICA (ZCA) as we celebrate the International Youth Day 2012 through TV interview series to enlighten young people on their roles in championing change and development across Nigeria and the government responsibilities in creating job opportunities, poverty reduction, environmental protection, improve health service & delivery and youth inclusion in policy-making among others.

Sunday August 12th - Lagos Television (LTV8) 
Time: 8am
Speakers from ZCA:
Zaid Shopeju - Project Director
Kazeem Aisha Titilola - Research & Outreach Director

Monday August 13th - MITV
Speakers from ZCA:
Abodunrin Adeola Atinuke - Human Resource Director
Odunuga Abiodun Dominic - Operations Director

Tuesday 14th - TVC
Speakers from ZCA:
Owolabi Tobi Isaiah - Communications Director
Zaid Shopeju - Project Director

Stay tuned and stay informed!

Wednesday, 8 August 2012

ARTing Climate Change: using art to showcase climate change impact in Nigeria!


The BBC World Service Trust 2008 report stated that climate change awareness in Nigeria could be as low as 1% and there is a need to have a coordinated approach to alert Nigerians of the dangers posed by climate change. Nigeria is already facing these challenges because of its location: the southern coast being threatened by erosions and floods, while the northern part threatened by desert encroachment.

In light of this development, Zero Carbon Africa is hosting a Green Carpet event on 27th September, 2012 tagged “ARTing CLIMATE CHANGE” to showcase the impact in different sector of our society through the use of art – music, dance troupe performance, poetry, video documentary and sharing of true stories. More importantly, this event will birth the official launching of the NATIONAL DAY OF ACTION ON CLIMATE CHANGE billed for 25th October, 2012 – a one day action by young people in Nigeria to save today and preserve tomorrow!.

Date:             27th September, 2012
Venue:          University of Lagos, Nigeria
Time:            5pm

Watch this space for more information. Join us on facebook and follow us on Twitter for latest update.