By: PATRICK TITUS, Uyo
Environment experts and academics drawn from the Universities and Non Governmental Organizations (NGOs) have expressed concern over indiscriminate depletion of the environment owing to human factors, saying, such illegal actions have continued to threaten the socio-economic growth, especially in the developing economies.
This position arose from the forum tagged: Youth Conference on Climate Change, organized by the African Centre for Human Development (AHDC) in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State capital, to examine issues of the environment and the need for natural ecosystems to be protected.
AHDC President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Prof. Gabriel Umoh, said the essence of the conference was to draw attention to the increasing danger that attacks on the environment by human beings pose to the society and the inhabitants.
He, therefore advised the participants at the conference to be in the vanguard of a holistic action plan to protect the environment, adding various activities of humans not being properly regulated often contribute to greenhouse emissions that lead to climate change issues.
According to Umoh, a professor of Agricultural and Development Economics at UNIUYO, it was time government at various levels and other concerned stakeholders collaborated to effectively manage the environment to avert imminent societal catastrophe.
In the same vein, the Dean in-charge of Students’ Affairs at UNIUYO, Dr. Aniekan Brown, who spoke on the theme; ‘The role of youths in climate change’, expressed worry over what he described as the erosion of sustainable development by the effects of climate change.
He stressed the need for “a balance between depleting the environment and rejuvenating the environment”, noting that such measures would go a long way to ensuring continuous regeneration of the greens for the safety of humanity.
Also, Dr. Obot Dominic Akpan and Mr. Essien Akpanudo, blamed un-regulatory disposal of fossil fuels as the major contributor to the issues of climate change and harped on the need for all hands to be on the deck to contain the scourge through human restraint and effective corporate policy to safeguard the environment.
The environmental experts, who noted that much of the green house emissions flow from the agriculturally and industrially advanced countries of the world, urged for effective mechanisms to check cases of gas flaring and green house gases oozing from industries in advanced economies into the developing nations.
Besides, they made a case for standard deforestation and forestation programmes to be place as well as regulatory framework to check development issues that often give rise to environmental degradation and climate change.