“Climate Change undermines the progress made in Africa over the last 20 years.” – Rachel Kyte, World Bank Group vice president and special envoy for climate change.
Climate change is one of the greatest challenges facing our continent. Ever increasing droughts, most severe across the Sahara and the horn of Africa, is bringing famine and diseases to millions of Africans. Floods are also at their ravaging worst; washing away homes, homelands, lives and livelihoods across the continent. Rising temperatures is combining with the falling standard of the air we breathe to wrought dangers to our health and comfort. These effects of global warming are harbingers of the poverty, hunger and human suffering that pervade our land. We, at GLEEHD, have set out to play an active role in combating climate change and its effects.
In line with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), we are promoting sustainable patterns of consumption and production, as well as advocating for the protection and management of the natural resource base of economic and social development, which are the objectives of, and essential requirements for sustainable development.
We are pooling human and material resources to ensure sustainable development of a habitable homeland for our present and future generations. We have introduced initiatives that promote renewable energy, help Africans to manage the effects of climate change and provide better protection for our environment.
In order to make an effective and lasting impact in Climate Change, we underlined the challenge as one of our key areas. Our objective here is to address the deteriorating environmental situations across Africa while also exploring ways to solve food security crises and stability.
The most important thing about global warming is this; whether humans are responsible for the bulk of climate change is going to be left to the scientists, but it’s all of our responsibility to leave this planet in better shape for the future generations than we found it. – Mike Huckabee
How we are making change happen
Environment: We engage governments and environmental institutions to commit themselves to environmental policies that will help to fight pollution and attain Sustainable Livelihood and Social Justice. We:
- Run Village and School Advocacy programs that enlighten the grassroots and students on the danger of tree cutting and deforestation, while also identify alternative solutions to their need to cut down trees.
- Strengthen environmental governance and build capacities
- Advocate against environmental pollution, urban wastage and the control of trans-boundary movement of hazardous waste products
- Promote environmental information, education and communication for a healthy environment
- Carry out research and collection of data, and dissemination of information for public knowledge
- Support countries in implementing their commitments under global and regional conventions
- Engage in campaigns and advocacy on climate change
Energy: Energy is a key driver of economic growth and Africa has abundant renewable energy sources to ensure energy sufficiency. The foundation works with relevant stakeholders to facilitate the development and the growth of the energy sector. We:
- Work and liaise with international organizations in advocating alternative energy development for Africa.
- Work in partnership with other organisations to evaluate African countries national energy policies and then improve on areas lacking.
Water: Africa’s water resources face threats posed by drought, flood and climate change. This is why GLEEHD Foundation work hard to advocate for improved water resources development and management. We achieve our goals by:
- Working with regional and international organizations platform to address the development of national integrated water resources management policies and strategies
- Organizing regional workshops to discuss with representative from various African countries actions plans and policies to tackle climate change including the effect of drought and flood and meeting the basic water needs of the continents population
- Working with other organisations to identify strategies for enhancing irrigation and rain-fed agriculture to improve production and food security in Africa.
Agriculture: Climate change factors have been seen to have significant consequences for the agricultural sector in Africa. Climate change can lead to production loss and food shortage. That is why we have created a platform to work with relevant bodies to ensure that sustainable livelihood is achieved through agricultural development. We are reaching our goals by:
- Participating at the regional, sub-regional meeting/dialogues on issues relating to agriculture on the continent.
- Developing partnership with the food and agriculture (FAO), as FAO is taking the lead initiative on tackling current food security and climate change challenges.
- Following up on the FAO climate-smart agriculture as a partway towards development and food security
- Helping governments in the country where we work draw on international best practices to ensure climate smart agriculture contributes to a cross cutting range of development goals on the continent.
Here are some of our achievements in Climate Change and Sustainable Development:
- We are actively involved in the Action2015 and Sustainable Development Agenda Campaign, and remain a member of the Action2015 network.
- Through our active engagement of the United Nations, we have participated at various International events, such as the UN World Water Forum, UN World Summit on Sustainable Development, UN COP/UNFCCC Conference, and other international forums where we have contributed our voice to the issues of sustainable development in Africa.
- We have created various WASH Clubs in schools in Nigeria
- We have organized of forums and roundtables on climate change in the UK, EU, and Africa especially at the UN DPI/NGO Conference in Bonn Germany and the UN COP 17 in Durban South Africa where we hosted Side events.
- We worked with the Nature Protection and Environmental Improvement Initiative (NAPEIN) to organize various School Advocacy and Village Advocacy Programs in Nigeria