Archive | January, 2013

Little Green Changes

31 Jan
Eco Nigeria- photos from Rio+20

Eco Nigeria- photos from Rio+20

It was never in our culture to waste. Growing up, our parents/relatives always found ways of re-using items, over and over till the life span of that item was reached. Bottles, clothing ,books, furniture, shoes etc were all re-used, recycled or up-cycled, as items were always repaired when they got damaged, or of cos, given out to families, friends or any one who needed them. This culture was probably born out of the need to save money, and it was a culture that worked, a culture the whole world wished was embraced as the industrial revolution took stage.

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Minna Weather Forecast Software Launch.

18 Jan


The National Association of Geography Students Climate and Environmental Research Group (NAGSCERG) Of the Federal University of Technology, Niger State, Minna, Nigeria  will be holding her first NAGS WEEK 2013 and launch of a weather forecast application software. The software built by a student of FUT Minna provides daily and weekly weather information for Minna .

24th:  Orientation by 9am

25th: The environmental awareness campaign by 3pm!

26th: Software Launch/Seminar by 9am!
Venue:  FUT Minna campus, workshop at the Geography Lab!
Activities: NAGS WEEK PLAN (24th~26th Jan,2013
Seminar theme is Climate Change Awareness, Nigerian Current status and My role! There will also be a paper presentation from the State coordinator of  National Environmental Standards and Regulations Enforcement Agency (NESREA) on environmental regulatory issues. The meeting point is the Campus Auditorium.

Please follow the event and discussions on Twitter using this hash tag #NAGSWEEK2013
For more information or any clarification please contact Osho Paul –

Hamzat Lawal ->, +2348068699956

Nigeria’s Agenda for Sustainable Development?

18 Jan


By Tina Armstrong

Increasing scarce natural resources is said to be responsible for wars and conflicts in countries like Somalia, Eriteria, Rwanda, Haiti, Darfur, Jordan, Israel and in many communities around the world.  According to a United Nation Environment Programme UNEP, forty percent of intra-state conflicts are due to control over natural resources. A World Bank report further stated that seventy percent of the worlds poor live in rural communities, and depend on agriculture both for food and livelihood.

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Towards a Treaty to Curb Mercury Exposure

12 Jan


The Zero Mercury Working Group (ZMWG) is seeking the support of the Federal Government of Nigeria towards the adoption of an international agreement on mercury. n a recent correspondence to Environment Minister, Hadiza Mailafia, the ZMWG wants the government to be actively involved when governments meet in Geneva, Switzerland, this month for the fifth and final negotiation on the issue. The ZMWG had earlier presented its findings on global mercury seafood contamination, with health effects occurring below the level considered “safe” just a few years ago – suggesting current health benchmarks should be revised. Continue reading

Fantastic Plastic

12 Jan


In today’s consumer world, and specifically in our country Nigeria, plastic is everywhere—from plentiful stores of bottled water/ pure water,  to disposable plasticware to the containers that hold our store-bought food. It seems like you can’t go out shopping without running into a good deal of plastic. And while this material is strong, reliable, and undoubtedly useful, we also may have way too much of the stuff that isn’t being reused. Recycling plastic uses much less energy than creating new plastic, and it conserves our valuable resources. Despite this, however, only about a third of our material that could be recycled actually is. Among younger generations, the problem of our overconsumption of plastic has been prevalent for as long as some can remember, and yet little has changed or progressed in alleviating the problem. Statistically, people in the Millennial generation (today’s secondary, university students, and young adults) are much less likely to properly recycle plastic and other materials than those in older generations. If you’re of student or Millennial age, take a look at the following infographic—the reality is that younger generations need to start getting serious about recycling, or the future will be robbed of some very valuable resources. 

Plastic Infographic



11 Jan

Under The Banyan

It was way past midnight in Montreal and on Rue Saint Hubert a blind-drunk man was weaving his way past my friends Marie-Josée and Diego as they waited for a taxi last week.

They told me the next day how the man had staggered up to a large tree and then hugged it intensely for a few seconds before meandering off into the night, unaware that anyone had seen him.

As we laughed about this private nocturnal meeting between man and nature, I thought about the phrase tree-hugger and the way people tend to use it to denigrate anyone who advocates a more sustainable way of living.

People who use the phrase seem to imply that a tree-hugger would value nature ahead of humanity — and that therefore their views are immediately worthless. But nothing could be further from the truth.

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25,000 Green Thanks for 2012

11 Jan


Welcome to 2013. It’s 11 days into the new year αnd I finally get some time to make a quick post, thanks to motherhood. I have been on maternity break and I apologize for not announcing my big miracle here. My pretty princess came in October.

Here’s saying a big thank you for being with us in 2012. We had 8,353 visitors between July(1st month of blogging) and December of 2011, then it grew to an amazing 25,000 visitors in 2012, even though we had only 6 active months out of 12. The inactive 6 were months I gave to motherhood.  I am very grateful.  May 2013 be greener for you and I.

 Find full report below.

Lots of  appreciation from the African elephants, monkeys, giraffes, trees, rivers, air, land, forests, birds, people and the entire nature .