Nigerians urged to embrace alternative energy sources
As nations around the world begin to transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy to alleviate the current global energy crises, Nigerians have been urged to embrace a sustainable alternative source of energy.
Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi, who launched the call, also challenged churches in Nigeria to use their pulpit to lead advocacy on the need for a mode of sustainable life.
He issued the challenge during an interview on the sidelines of a one-day conference in Lagos on “Travel and Listen Together: Energy Crisis and Sustainable Living for Church and State” which was organized by the Ecology Working Group of the Catholic Archdiocese of Lagos.
He said the church needs to be more actively involved in the gospel of a sustainable lifestyle that can bring peace to the environment and ensure plenty of healthy food and energy.
“Please get involved in practical environmental conservation initiatives,” Prof Abayomi told attendees, which include leaders and members of the Catholic Church of Lagos, led by the Archbishop of Lagos, Dr Alfred Adewole Martin.
The commissioner said that the church has a huge influence on the people and it is high time for the church to advocate for alternative sources of energy to replace fossil fuels.
According to him, these alternative energies include solar energy, wind energy, hydropower, biomass energy, tidal energy and geothermal energy.
He said the world’s energy crisis has raised fears that global demands on the limited natural resources that are used to fuel industrial society will decline as demand increases.
The environmental and economic effects of the situation, he pointed out, are the increase in the cost of energy and electricity, with gas prices increasing by around 47%; increased cost of doing business; unemployment; global warming etc.
Abayomi went on to list as undermining global equity and stability, factors such as overpopulation; War and attacks; waste; aging energy infrastructure; unfair on consumption and unexplored renewable energies.
While calling for joint action in Africa, he revealed that Africa contributes 4% of the world’s carbon dioxide, yet is the most affected by climate change, with half of the 10 countries affected by extreme weather in 2019 being African.
He said the rising cost of energy was driving the use of alternative energy and Africa was in a dire situation as 90% of West Africa’s forest cover had been lost. over the past 100 years and Nigeria alone is losing 350,000 hectares per year.
Also speaking, the Archbishop of Lagos, Reverend Martins, lamented that many activities have given rise to climate change whose consequences are now in the face of society.
He said climate change has manifested itself in varied and unprecedented ways, such as heat waves that have led to out-of-control forest fires that have devastated huge swaths of land; the progression of desertification; rising sea levels leading to destructive flooding and landslides; chemical and technological pollution leading to loss of biodiversity and destruction of the ecosystem.