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Climate Change is the biggest global health threat of the 21st century, with severe increase of health implications in communities, especially cancer cases, respiratory and cardiovascular diseases and fertility issues. Community members experience extreme heat waves, continuous change in rainfall and poor air quality which have made life unbearable. Women are the majority of the world’s poor and are often responsible for household food production, family health and the management of natural resources-that are particularly sensitive to climate change, e.g. fossil fuels. Women are commonly faced with higher risks and greater burdens from the impacts of climate change in the communities, such as flooding, loss of livelihood, lack of access to clean water.

The increase in the activities of artisanal refiners (Kpo fire) have also become a major cause of Climate Change in the Niger Delta, and the incessant bush burning or burning of ceased crude by security agencies is also affecting the climate negatively. The Indiscriminate dumping of waste to block canals and waterways leads to continuous flooding.

“In our communities, we used to farm corn by August years back, but due to irregular rainfall caused by Climate Change we are now planting it earlier.” - Peace Mgbenwa

Kebetkache in her advocacy to government, stakeholders and communities is campaigning for a safe environment free of pollution and the need to localize the Climate Change Policy for effective mitigation and adaptation of strategies to tackle climate crisis in communities. Kebetkache is an autonomous women rights organization that provides educational and economic support to women and children to strengthen their voices in the public arena to enhance their development and stake in social justice issues in Nigeria.

However, we are appealing to individuals and government to Plant more economic trees for the restoration of the ecosystem and the mangroves. To regulate the activities of artisanal refiners and control the resulting, Government should consider issuing licenses for modular and cellular refineries. Effective Sensitization on Proper waste disposal. State and Local governments should adopt and implement Gender and Climate Change Action Plans. Government and CSOs should increase sensitization among the citizenry and also train the youths at the secondary level, to inculcate the habit of protecting the environment.

#ClimateChange #Women4ClimateJustice #ClimateCrisis #NigerDelta


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