My Climate Activism
By Oladosu Adenike; Founder of ILeadClimate
The climate crisis is a reality of our time and the time to act is now!
I schooled in the food basket of the nation in Benue state, Nigeria; that has a fertile landscape and vegetative cover and this is located in the Northern Central part of Nigeria while the northeastern part of the country is faced with drought and desertification.
Climate change is the huge disruption to the present and future generation. Being an Eco-feminist is all about creating a safe place for women as we fight the climate crisis. The climate crisis is a multi-dimensional crisis and so should be the solution to it. We are all needed to be part of the solution
I advocate for the restoration of Lake Chad that is shared by Nigeria, Niger, Chad and Cameroon and that has shrunk by 90% since 1960s. The shrinking is displacing the population from their livelihoods. Two-thirds of those people displaced by this are women and their children. The restoration of Lake Chad and the actualization of the great green wall should not be left behind because the more this crisis is left unsolved, the more difficult it becomes for the people around this region.
Recently, we, at ILeadClimate Action Initiative have been able to map out areas in the Lake Chad region that are affected by conflict for a peace and resolution process. We reached a conclusion that the restoration of Lake Chad is a peace initiative that can lead to the stability in the region which is why we are advocating for a green democracy that will include the voice for our environment.
The climate crisis creates a refugee crisis. The refugee crisis is a big dis-empowerment to women and girls around the world because it creates a situation that makes them to be dependent on aid for survival.
More than ever before, this is the time to lead climate action before it is too late.
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