Archive | September, 2012

ARTing Climate Change in Nigeria !!!

26 Sep

Zero Carbon Africa would like to invite you to the ARTing Climate Change event on Thursday 27thSeptember, 2012. Climate change is impacting more local communities across Nigeria with children, young people and women bearing the biggest brunt. BBC World Service Trust report states that climate change awareness in Nigeria is about 1% and there is a need for concerted and coordinated campaign to raise climate change awareness!

 The ARTing Climate Change is a green carpet event tailored to showcase the impact of climate change in various sectors in the Nigerian society using art – music, interpretative dance performance, poetry-in-motion, photography, presentations, video documentary (with local content) and sharing of real life experience by victims. This event is aim to raise awareness about climate change and inspire positive actions among young people during the National Day of Action on Climate Change on Thursday 25th October, 2012.
Time: 3pm prompt
Date: Thursday 27th September, 2012
Venue: Art Theatre, University of Lagos
 Expected guests and speakers:
Nnimmo Bassey   Executive Director – Environmental Rights Action (ERA),  Chair, Friends of the Earth International, Christine Kay  Country Director – Heinrich Boell Foundation Nigeria, Tunde Ojei Associate Country Director – Oxfam Nigeria, Members of the diplomatic corp, Representatives from the State and Federal Government, Renown artists and actresses….And many more!
Follow on Twitter and join the conservation by tweeting at your Politicians, environmentalists, celebrities and your friends to be part of the event using hashtag #ARTingCC

Aftermath of Warawa Dam Collapse, communities submerged in Kano

14 Sep

By Laide  Akinboade

Numerous communities in Kano State Nigeria,  have been submerged following the collapse of the Warawa Dam. The dam is one of the 120 earth dams in Kano and Jigawa states. Similarly, thousands of residents in the Kaduna metropolis in Kaduna State have been displaced by flood from the Kaduna River,  and over 25,000 people in Benue State  have so far been displaced as a result of flooding arising from the overflow of the Benue River, the second largest river in the country. Continue reading

Imminent Dam Collapse – FG Orders Immediate Evacuation in Five States

10 Sep

The Federal Government of Nigeria has ordered  the immediate evacuation of people living along the River Niger plains.

The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) spokesperson Yushau Shuaib, said that the alert came because the Kainji and Jebba dams have attained their highest water levels in 29 years and is unprecedented in the history of the two facilities.

To avoid a possible collapse of the dams, the authorities may release some of the water, as last alternative. The situation, according to Shuaib, has created a high risk of imminent flooding in the downstream of the river. Residents of the communities are therefore urged to move to higher grounds for safety. The states at risk of the flood are Niger, Kogi, Kwara, Kebbi, Anambra and Delta.

The agency had already notified  the affected states to take the necessary precautionary measures by relocating people from the flood prone areas and activated the National Contingency Plan as well as alerted all stakeholders to take necessary actions in line with their various mandates. The states are to ensure compliance with  the threat in order to avert imminent loss of lives and properties that would certainly arise in the event of flooding.

Furthermore, information available indicates that the gauge for monitoring the flow of water in the river has already exceeded the maximum height by over one meter. A rapid assessment team comprising officers of NEMA and scientists has left for Jebba and Kainji to further inspect the situation.

The Niger River is the principal river of western Africa, extending about 4,180 km. Its drainage basin is 2,117,700 km² in area. Its source is in the Guinea Highlands in southeastern Guinea.

Kainji Dam is a dam across the Niger River in western Nigeria. Construction of the dam began in 1964 and was completed in 1968.

The Jebba Dam is one of the three major dams in Niger State, built in 1985. Others are Kainji Dam built in 1968 and Shiroro Dam built in 1990.


Waste to Fashion

6 Sep


The eco-friendly fashion movement is a rapidly growing global effort to reduce environmental damage caused by the production of textiles and fashions. Eco-friendly fashion has become one of the most prominent topics in the fashion and style arena stirring the interest of consumers and participation from global high-fashion brands to local designers. Brands and designers are discovering new ways to incorporate natural and recycled materials into their designs and utilizing production methods that require less water, less energy and fewer chemicals.

Tosheka Textiles is a Kenyan and USA based social enterprise that specializes in the production of eco and ethical textiles and related products. They produce colorful, trendy and functional Soko bags, which are made from 100% recycled plastic. These  bags come in all colors imaginable and bold, striped, eclectic/organic and geometric patterns.
They are products of the Recycled Treasures Project in Kenya, a design and recycling initiative established in 2010 by Lucy Lau-Bigham along…

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