The climate modeling approach, which is a template that tells the real state of things, says we don’t have time, and there is evidence that some changes will never be reversed. Try to imagine what Nigeria, a nation on the West African coast, would look like if the polar melting continues unabated. We are the most populous black nation in the world, and the chaos and panic would trigger a humanitarian crisis.
Currently, my country is experiencing one of worse internal crises ever recorded in our history. The most predominant occupation in the northern region of Nigeria is to be a herdsman, but climate change has been forcing the herdsman south, and resulting in grave conflict.
The harsh temperature increases in the north have left the entire region, half the size of California, barren. This has left the nomadic herdsmen to migrate in their millions and invade the more abundant southern landscape.
Northern herdsmen looking for grazing areas for their animals are migrating to the southern part of Nigeria, much closer to the coast and this has caused conflict, as southern farmers and their animals have been killed, and crops destroyed.
The constant conflict between the herdsmen and sedentary farmers in the southern part of the country has led to daily killings, and the failure of the government to address the cause or understand the issue has only worsened the situation. Officially the killings have now been tagged genocidal.
While farming is a primary occupation in southern Nigeria, they now have been forced out of their ancestral homes, and their livelihoods completely destroyed.
This is all directly linked to climate change and possibly exacerbated by the activities in the Arctic. The Arctic story is a tale that mankind must take seriously, if it wants a happy ever after.
We have a moral obligation to leave behind a prosperous Earth for our children and their friends. All earthly resources such as land, ocean, forest reserves and the Arctic are all commonwealth owned by mankind. As caretakers, we must ensure that we are responsible and have respect for Mother Nature’s natural resources.
Let it be said and known that we are all connected to one another no matter the race or tribe. Therefore, anything that affects our collective wealth will certainly affect our existence.
Africans should stand with us and support the project MAPS.
Now is the time for the citizens of the world to act as real humans.
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