Ogun calls for collective efforts for a carbon-free environment

Ogun calls for collective efforts for a carbon-free environment

Ogun state government has called for a collective responsibility towards ensuring a safer and carbon-free environment.

Commissioner of  Physical Planning and Urban Development, Tpl. Tunji Odunlami made the call at an event to commemorate the 2021 World Habitat Day held at Oba’s Complex, Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta, saying the issue of increasing generation of greenhouse gases and increasing carbon footprints are largely urban centers’ phenomenon and to a lesser extent the rural areas.

Tpl. Odunlami said the serious issue of impact of urban and city activities on the ever-increasing carbon footprints calls for a course of action towards reducing it and eventual zero generation of the carbon.

While suggesting possible ways to mitigate and reduce the carbon emission, Odunlami encouraged the people to buy energy efficient bulbs, use less water, turnoff the lights when not in use, use alternative means of transport to work, embrace the 3Rs including reduce, reuse and recycle as well as change of dietary habits.

Odunlami opined that “we owe it to our planet and our continuous survival to get on the train of this advocacy by changing our habits and spreading the gospel to our communities “.

Delivering a goodwill message at the event, the National President, Nigerian Institute of Town Planners, Tpl Olutoyin Ayinde said the urban centres accounted for more than 70% of emissions produced globally through activities of transportation, buildings, energy and waste management which have contributed significantly to generating greenhouse gas emissions.

He said “we definitely cannot shift the responsibility to anyone, but ourselves, to make the world a better place, not just for us, but for generations yet unborn”.

Tpl. Ayinde called on governments throughout Nigeria to become alive to their responsibilities for planning while making use of the knowledge, wisdom and skills of Town Planners to help them in transforming their various visions, policies and plans into blueprints as Master Plans, Sector Plans, District Plans, and Action Plans that will ultimately deliver settlements that are conducive for living.