Chanja Datti, represented by its CEO, Olufunto Boroffice was jointly on a panel with Redin, represented by its CEO, Terseer Ugbor, to discuss ‘Solid Waste and Recycling: Burning Solid Waste and Air Quality Implications” on Friday, 8th July, 2016 at the maiden edition of the One Environment event.
Olufunto used the opportunity to highlight the objectives of Chanja Datti, holistically focused at encouraging individuals, households, corporate and private entities to take daily green actions, stating that her motivation to venture into recycling was spurred by her experiences and information garnered as a Technical Aide to two consecutive Ministers of Power in Nigeria. She discovered that aside poor waste management culture amongst residents of Abuja, which was totally at variance with some other organized climes, the major stakeholders were not also doing enough, due to low capacity, in managing the city’s waste properly. She noted the devastating effects of poor or improper waste management procedure to flooding, climate change and disease outbreaks not exclusive of the Zika virus, and has gone ahead to partner Adiza Ujo, the curator of Stop Don’t Drop, on an awareness campaign using their initiative of “Don’t Litter Bumper Stickers.” She also lamented poor data management culture of statutory bodies to enable stakeholders in understanding and measuring the impact of the sector, and stressed the need for government to empower and equip the informal waste collectors also as they form the bulk of those that drive the waste management sector, so as to be able to tap into the latent economic benefits of the sector.
On the same day, Hamzat Lawal of Connected Development jointly shared a panel discussion with Marie Novotna of Czech Republic Embassy on “Engaging Nigerian Youth in Environmental Decision Making,” drawing on their experiences. Nawal Yaghi Fakhry of Greanacircle also demonstrated to participants how to turn trash into aesthetic decorations. Imagine one could create flowers from nylon!
The One Environment program was a most exciting and insightful one for participants, with thought-provoking and stimulating presentations and conversations on actions to be taken to ensure environmental sustainability, and all opinions and views cutting across diverse fields, converging on the critical need to leave a safe environmental heritage for upcoming generations. One quote used on an exhibited material literally drives home the whole essence of the event packaged by the Environmental Art Collective Foundation (ENACOF), a policy direction institution on Environmental sustainability based in Nigeria; “Sow into the earth what you wish to reap from it” The event also witnessed, in addition to the instructive workshop and discussions, scintillating and fascinating Environmental Art Exhibitions.
As stated by the Curator of the event and Executive Director of ENACOF, Ifesinachi Comedy Nwanyanwu, “The essence of ONE ENVIRONMENT is to bring together environmental experts to dialogue on challenges and articulate ideas that promote sustainability and organic contents” comprising of a “team of professionals drawn from environmental advocacy groups, civil society organizations, embassies, international organizations, schools, federal and state governments” He also added that the “aim of the paper presentations, roundtables and art exhibition is to help in advancing policy framework and to direct public attention to mitigation and adaptation, attaining the objectives of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), and implementation of United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).”
In furtherance of the objectives of the event, the Curator has assured that there “will be a publication of a coffee table book from the resources generated during the One Environment, a compendium of the ideas and thoughts garnered during the hybrid. These books will be distributed freely to schools and public libraries.” The organizers also aim to plant and nurse 5000 trees across Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory in the next 12months before the 2017 One Environment Hybrid.