For decades, the issue of indiscriminate waste disposal and Global Warming have been ignored by both the Government in place and the people. A common societal menace that stretches through the African continent, creating pronounced Climate Change effects.
In Nigeria, it is a common sight to see heaps of refuse dumps on almost every street and corner. Sometimes, these unattended sites are set on fire and left to burn for days, causing grave environmental damage which affects the health of not just the people but also the animals and the natural ecosystem.
These refuse sites are usually located close to water-bodies, which results in poor aquatic life. The Government have done absolutely nothing to curb this environmental degradation practices. The people seem totally unbothered. In the face of increasing awareness of impending environmental doom from human activities, it is surprising that people are comfortable with these degrading practices.
Indiscriminate Waste Disposal
The UN and the First Worlds have invested trillions in the fight against Global Warming and Environmental Protection; With the migration of energy use from fossil fuels to Renewable Energies – Yet surprisingly, industrial waste pollution, oil spillage and indiscriminate waste disposal still thrives in Nigeria. Industries still dispose toxic wastes into water-bodies, destroying the aquatic life and rendering the locals craft-less.
So what is the future of Nigeria? In the face of ignorance of the demeaning effects of these practices on our environment? These practices have thrived for decades, with increasing effects. We have seen the drastic fluctuations in the climate’s extremity through the passing years – This is a clear sign of impending environmental doom. The future is truly scary for a country that does not only boast of the worst political leadership, but also the least environmental sensitization.
The Government must do more to educate and enlighten the populace on the importance of protecting our environment. Adequate environmental campaigns should be initiated to curb the activities of both civilians and businesses.
With this, here are the steps the government must take to tackle this issue:
- . Establishment of a functioning Environmental Protection Agency.
- . Introduction of Environmental Protection Courses into the Education System.
- . Enlightenment of the future generation on the dangers of environmentally demeaning activities.
- . Provision of adequate waste disposal utilities for the populace.
- . Establishment of an Environmental task force to curtail industrial activities.
- . Educating the Road Safety Corps on the need to impound vehicles with faulty exhaust systems.
- . Grassroots sensitization of the Rural areas on the dangers of environmentally demeaning activities.
With these steps, i believe the future may be changed into something better than we have now, with respect to our environment.
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