Excerpts from The World Environment Week Nigeria with Solutions to #EndBlackSoot and #BeatPlasticPollution

Excerpts from The World Environment Week Nigeria with Solutions to #EndBlackSoot and #BeatPlasticPollution
Excerpts from The World Environment Week Nigeria with Solutions to #EndBlackSoot and #BeatPlasticPollution

MyEnvironment MyWealth World Environment Week held on June 4-8 2018 to mark World Environment Day and World Oceans Day.
The program themed #BeatPlasticPollution with Conference theme on Day 3- “The Roles of Youths in Combating Climate Change and Environmental Degradation” was with support from the Rivers State Ministry of Environment, Rivers state Sinage and Advert Agency (RISAA), Rivers State Waste Management Agency (RIWAMA), ObioAkpor Local Government Area, Glo Nigeria Limited and sponsored by ALLUVIA Unique Concepts.

Day 1 Monday June 4 featured outreach to Schools and organizations. The team paid a courtesy visit to Hon Prince Noble Amadi the chairman caretaker Obio Akpor LGA to intimate him on project #10MillionPlasticBottles for #ConservationHouses. The chairman caretaker welcomed the idea and asked for detailed proposals for structures to be erected within Obio Akpor. He also reassured that apart from the hall to be used on day 3, for the youth conference, the council would support the program other ways. According to him, the structures were certain to promote aesthetics in the LGA.


Day 2 Tuesday June 5 featured a road sensitization walk from Glo office premise Aba road through Garrison, Mile 1 flyover and down to the Rivers State House of Assembly. There was a brief stop at Mile 1 flyover to interact with road transporters who narrated their observations with the fire outbreak from spot where many tyres had been collected.

They also stated that government fire service as well as Shell and some other support had been on ground in an attempt to put out the fire but to no avail. This was confirmed by Hon Christian Ahiakwo House Committee Chairman on Environment who also mentioned that 2 suspects had been arrested with respect to the said fire outbreak.

Furthermore, interactions with Hon Christian were fruitful as he promised to also push project 10MillionPlasticBottles for #ConservstionHouses to the House of Assembly and the State Government and hopefully the team would be called for presentations. He however reiterated that the federal government had a major role to play in Ending Blacksoot and advised the youths to keep up with speaking up and take engagements to the federal level.
Immediately after interactions, the team attended the program by African Centre for Environmental Protection where the initiator Wonne Afronelly was presented the award for ECOLADY of the year 2018.


Day 3 Wednesday June 6 featured the Youth Conference and was a success. The speakers took out time to educate the young ones on salient topics. Highpoint of the day was the Unveiling of #TheVerdantMagazine (an environment based magazine showcasing the Niger Delta) with solutions to the Blacksoot problem


Day 4 Thursday June 7 featured cleanup of the Port Harcourt Tourist Beach. It was interesting as team members did #PickThatTrash on shoreline and #ScoopThatTrash off water onshore.
It was a refreshing experience to mark the #WorldOceansDay celebrated every June 8


Day 5 Friday June 8 was the Rivers State University (RSU) Environment Summit 2.0 themed “The Soot Pandemic: What Hope for the Future”.
Team members attended alongside the initiator as she was the anchor of the summit. Nonetheless, towards the end of the summit, it was surprising to team members as the initiator was presented another award of recognition by the RSU Students Union Government, award for advocacy in environmental cleanliness, safety and conservation.

To educate, enlighten and inform about all 7 plastic types, one-time plastic use, hazards of plastic
pollution and utilization of plastics to curb effects of pollution (Upcycling and Recycling) with respect to
Climate Change, Global warming and effects of human activities on the environment, could be said to have been achieved excellently. The team is now set to commence building of plastic bottle houses and shelters in various locations as approved by RISAA and requested by individuals and organizations.

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