WORK WITH GOVERNMENT TO MITIGATE CONSEQUENCES OF CLIMATE CHANGE—EXPERT TELLS COOPERATIVE SOCIETIES
Cooperative organisations across the country have been advised to adopt necessary steps to complement government’s efforts at addressing the consequences of climate change.
This is the submission of Mr Olateju Alabi, a Staff of Cooperative Department, Ministry Of Investments, Trade And Industries, Ado- Ekiti during a paper presentation to Commemorate this year’s International Cooperative Day.
Climate change is the change and modification of the Earth’s climate brought about as a result of changes in the atmosphere as well as interaction between the atmosphere and various other geological, chemical, biological, and geographical factors within the Earth system.
Speaking on the topic “Cooperatives for Climate Action” Mr Alabi explained that Concern for Community is one of the principles guiding the operations of cooperatives all over the world in line with corporate social responsibility
According to him, the intervention of cooperative societies is urgently required in addressing climate change due to its devastating effects on social and economic activities of people across the world.
He explained that climate change had subjected the lives and livelihood of many people at risk, disrupting the vital ecosystems for people and the planet.
“There is no gain saying in the fact that no country is actually immune from climate change. This is because greenhouse gas emissions are more than 50% higher than it was in 1990, the global warming is causing long-lasting changes to our climate system which may cause irreversible consequence if we do not act fast.
“According to the President of the International Cooperative Alliance, climate change severally impacts people’s livelihoods around the world, especially the most disadvantaged groups such as Small-scale farmers, women, youth, indigenous people and ethnic minorities, who have to cope with extreme natural disaster and degradation of natural resources.
“Since Agriculture is one of the most sensitive sectors to climate, the cooperators in the Agricultural sector have a key role to play in ensuring rapid, effective and sustained response to climate change by encouraging afforestation on a large scale to enhance a fair climatic condition noting that trees absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere during the process of photosynthesis.
He advised cooperative societies to facilitate the efforts of researchers, scientists and engineers by providing resources needed on the quest for alternative energy which is less detrimental to the climatic conditions of the environment such as solar or wind power which can reduce the use of fossil fuels
Other suggestions according to Mr Alabi are the need for Cooperative societies to facilitate efforts to remove carbon dioxide from waste gases and power stations which can then be stored in old oil and gas fields or coal mines underground.
He said such practice reduces the extent of damage caused by carbon emissions into the atmosphere.
“Farmers suffering from poor yields due to climate change can be supported by cooperative societies in terms of funds and other resources so that such farmers can have enough to support their families and get seeds for the next planting season.
” Meanwhile, farmers and stakeholders with feasible plans and ideas on how to make the best use of changes in climate can equally be funded on such productive and value adding endeavor.