The United Nations, US, Consulate General, in collaboration with the International Climate Change Development Initiative (ICCDI) and the Wildlife of Africa Conservation Initiative, have urged Nigerians to treat the conservation of the oceans and aquatic wildlife as an individual responsibility, in order to preserve marine habitats for future generations.
This call was made at the event marking the commemoration of 2019 World Wildlife Day, held at the United States Consulate General, multi-purpose hall in Lagos, today, Tuesday March 5, 2019. Speaking at the event attended by leading environmental conservation activists, on the theme, Life below Water, the US Public Affairs Officer, Mr. Russell Brooks, who observed that as much as 40% of the world’s oceans are negatively affected by human activity, including overexploitation of marine species, loss of coastal habitats and pollution, also urged Nigerians to fully participate in preserving marine habitats for future generations. Brooks also highlighted the crucial importance of the oceans and marine species to human development and emphasised the need for increased conservation education.
His words, “Marine wildlife has sustained human civilization and development for over a thousand years, from providing food and nourishment, to providing material for handicrafts and construction. We cannot take their survival for granted.
We can reduce some of the negative effects of our activity on life under the water, by working hard to spread the message to reduce marine pollution.” Also giving a welcoming remarks, the Communications Director at ICCDI, Mr. Abiodun Adekoya, noted that effective climate change mitigation in the country would require concerted action by governments and individuals, with an emphasis on conservation education, recycling programs and the creation of a legal framework for the nation’s policy on the environment. However, following a proclamation by the United Nations General Assembly on 20 December 2013, World Wildlife Day became an annual event that is often observed every March 3, world-wide.