Climate Change experts have called on the Federal Government to mainstream climate change as a subject in the educational curriculum to address environmental hazards.
The Country Representative of the Development of Education Action Network (DEAN), Mr Semiye Michael, said including climate literacy in the curriculum was necessary to spur interest among the youths and breed a generation of environmentally conscious activists.
Mr Michael who briefed journalists in Abuja said the call became necessary, looking at some key causes of climate change in the country, which include; desertification, herder/Farmer clashes, flooding, insecurity and drought among others.
He explained that the UN Framework Convention on Climate change to which Nigeria is a signatory listed six key solutions to climate change and education is one of them.
“As an organization, we want to emphasize that there is no excellent tool to change the world than Education and Students must be made to understand that climate change is not just a threat, but a reality resulting in social and environmental instability”
“We are calling on the Ministry of Education and Environment to forge beneficial collaboration on this subject. Countries are already making climate education laws. We are passionate about this because we believe climate literacy can give people the tools to engage meaningfully with governments in solving the problem” Michael noted.
Mr Michael also advised that government should begin to translate every commitment and promises into action to achieve SDG 13 which emphasizes more on the role of climate education.
Also, an Abuja based Bureau Chief, Etta Bisong, emphasized the need for children to be taught appreciate and take care of the environment.
Reporting by Julian Osamoto; editing by Abdullahi Lamino