Nigeria, Africa’s largest oil producer, has suffered major environmental damage from oil spills and faces increasing internal conflicts from energy poverty and the effects of a changing climate. But developing renewables may hold the key to a brighter future.
The 2016 edition of the 24-hour global broadcast 24 Hours of Reality: The Road Forward hosted by The Climate Reality Project (CRP) drew attention to the scope and scale of the challenge and offered people targeted ways in which they, individually, can make a difference.
The Nigerian leg of the broadcast featured Climate Reality Leader Michael David Terungwa who talked about his work to green communities and combat deforestation through the planting of fruit trees. Joining the show from The Hague, the Netherlands, Minister Amina Mohammed, Minister of Environment of Nigeria explained that the government is looking into how the country can reduce its dependency on fossil fuels and move to solar power, hydro and wind. Climate Reality Founder and Chairman Al Gore, Jamil Smith, Calum Worthy, and Edward Norton also talked about the need for change.
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You can also watch the broadcast on the Climate Reality Project website.