… NIGERIAN YOUTH, BANKOLE, DONATES COOKSTOVES TO RURAL AND URBAN WOMEN IN NIGERIA
Nigeria last Saturday in Lagos commenced the distribution of clean cookstoves to rural and urban women in the country, as part of the one million units of clean cookstoves to be distributed nationwide under the Rebranding Climate Change Clean Cookstoves Initiative.
Speaking while presenting the cookstoves on behalf of the Federal Ministry of Health and its Strategic Partners, the Chief Operating Director of the Africa Clean Energy Summit, Mr. Olawale Akinwumi said the collaborators have put together this intervention initiative to reduce indoor air pollution and save over 95,000 annual deaths of women and children in Nigeria. According to him, a minimum of One million clean Cookstoves would be deployed and distributed to women in Nigeria at no cost to the beneficiaries, under the Rebranding Climate Change Clean Cookstoves Initiative.
Akinwumi said the Rebranding Climate Change Clean Cookstoves Initiative is one of the intervention strategies as contained in the Memorandum of Understanding between the Federal Ministry of Health and the Africa Clean Energy Summit (the consortium of Always Green Power & Systems Limited and The Environment Communications Limited) on the Rebranding of the impact of Climate Change on health as a Public Health Issue in Nigeria.
The Rebranding Climate Change Clean Cookstoves Initiative took off at the Oshodi-Isolo Local Government Secretariat in Lagos on Saturday 20th June, 2015 on the platform of the Caregivers Christian Ministry International, a care, help and planet not for profit faith based organization.
Before the presentation of the cookstoves, a team from the Envirofit International came around for a demonstration exercise of Envirofit clean cookstoves to educate over 450 participants on clean and safe cooking.
Ten Envirofit clean cookstoves, sponsored by a Green Ambassador and Coordinator of Young People for a Better Climate, Mr. Bankole Olufisayo were later presented to rural and urban women after the demonstration exercise.
While commending the donor, Mr. Bankole Olufisayo for supporting the Federal Government Clean Cookstoves Initiative, Akinwumi called on other stakeholders and corporate organizations to be part of the clean cookstoves distribution programme, as the train moves from communities to communities in the coming days.
THE IMPACT OF CLIMATE CHANGE ON HUMAN HEALTH IS ALARMING
The recent happenings nationwide has brought into focus, that the commonly held misconception that climate change is solely an environmental problem needs revisiting. Mobilizing Public health professionals in Nigeria through the Federal Ministry of Health is one of the well-conceived global strategies towards explaining the connections between the rapidly emerging threats associated with climate change and our personal and collective national health and well-being for enthroning sustainable transformational community development agenda in Nigeria.
Around the world, variations in climate are affecting, in profoundly adverse ways, the air we breathe, the food we eat and the water we drink. We are losing our capacity to sustain human life in good health.
Let us imagine a scenario where climate change is portrayed as increase in childhood asthma, or a surge in infectious diseases, or even an influx of heat-induced heart attacks. Would that have more meaning for the average citizen of the world? This is exactly what some climate change experts are hoping, as they steer the conversation about global warming toward the public health issues it raises. Indoor air pollution is responsible for the death of over 95,000 women and children annually in Nigeria.
Air pollution is the single greatest environmental health risk we face. In 2012 alone, exposure to indoor and outdoor pollutants killed more than 7 million people, one in eight deaths worldwide.