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Climate change issue in election campaign

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By Abdulwasiu Usman

Expert claims climate change is under-represented in 2023 election campaigns.

A non-governmental organization, Global Initiative for Food Security and Preservation (GIFSEP), has called on Nigerians to only vote for a candidate with a climate action plan in the coming 2023 election as the group expressed worries that climate change issues are under-represented in the election campaigns so far. Mr David Terungwa, Executive Director and Team Lead of the GIFSEP, who disclosed this in his statements to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja, highlighted some reasons Nigerians should vote for a candidate that is climate change issue awarded.

Terungwa, a climate change expert and an activist for Climate Justice Coalition, asserts that climate change is crucial to sustain and uphold democracy and sustainable development, as it poses a lifetime crisis. He said climate change is a significant challenge that is defining the issue of the world and can not be left in the hand of climate denial. He, again, urged Nigerians to get their Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) and look beyond empty campaign promises to determine the candidate they cast their vote for.

Current climate crisis would worsen if prompt action is not taken.

According to him, the whole country is affected by the challenges caused by climate change, and the country is still vulnerable to the challenges; noting the reason he encourages Nigerians not to seek any kind of inducement in order to vote for candidates that understand climate change issues and have a climate action plan. Terungwa called attention to the recent floods, which claimed the lives of more than 600 Nigerians, displaced millions of people and washed away hundreds of farms and farmlands across the country.

In addition, Terungwa warned that the severity of the current climate crisis would only worsen if prompt action is not taken to reverse the trend of worsening conditions and replace it with a strategy based on increased climate resilience. He continued by saying that Nigerians should vote for climate change because of the dire consequences of inaction. The organization’s executive director said that an assessment of political party platforms had been completed, with the findings being placed on the vote for a climate webpage.

Nigeria need new administration that recognize green economy opportunity.

He went on to say that Nigeria needs a president who would take an active role in combating climate change and investing in renewables. Terungwa said the move is necessary as the nation embarks on an energy transition plan and sustainable energy push and that it must be accompanied by an increase in government investment in critical environmental initiatives. Including but not limited to clean public transportation expansion, biodiversity protection measures, and investments in renewable energy.

Furthermore, he stressed the crucial significance of increasing investment by pointing out that it would minimize the massive economic and social costs. According to him, Nigeria needs a leader who can create a new administration that recognizes the enormous opportunity presented by investing in a green economy to increase the number of job vacancies, teach people valuable new skills, and make the country more resilient to the effects of climate change. He argues that the government needs to carry out initiatives such as making Nigeria coal-free and putting a stop to gas flaring.

The course of action would result to more access to nature, others.

Terungwa has stated that these initiatives are detrimental to the climate and the environment, and he has urged Nigerians once again to vote for the party that has the willpower and resolve to halt such harmful endeavours. He also emphasized the need to swiftly eliminate them and help affected employees find other careers in more sustainable fields like renewable energy. As he pointed out in his remarks, “a vote for the environment is for food security”. He claimed that this course of action would result in improved flood management, more access to nature, higher levels of happiness and social equality, and fewer economic disparities.


 

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8 months ago

Climate change issue in election campaign – Expert claims climate change is under-represented in 2023 election campaigns. – Express your point of view.

jdpumping
jdpumping
Member
8 months ago

Is climate change really under represented in 2023 election, and climate change is really affecting the world and we need a green economy opportunity.

DimOla
DimOla
Member
8 months ago

We can’t afford to risk the climatic change issues. We need to vote for a credible presidential candidate who will be willing to contribute and assist in ameliorating the climatic changes otherwise it will disastrous if the climatic change is not urgently attended to.

Abusi
Abusi
Member
8 months ago

Actually in Africa’s clime, climate change is not really an issue. This is because there are still a lot of pressing issues that still needs to be solved. This is why climate change issue has really been underrepresented in campaigns.

Tonerol10
Tonerol10
Member
8 months ago

Climate change issue in election campaign. Climate change is something we can run away from. All we need to do is to create enabling environment for our self. Doing what is right by clearing our drainage and stopping of some pollution that will effect the country.
Climate change has not effect election campaign

SarahDiv
SarahDiv
Member
8 months ago

It is time for all Nigerians to come to the reality that we need a president who is fully aware of the danger that climatic change pose to our country and willing to seek for solutions. Therefore if any of the presidential aspirant didn’t understand or include it in his/her manifestos in this forthcoming presidential election shouldn’t be voted for.

Kazeem1
Kazeem1
Member
8 months ago

The organization is concerned that climate change problems are being underrepresented in the campaigns for the next 2023 election in Nigeria and has urged the country’s citizens to only vote for a candidate who has a climate action plan.

Adesanyaj72
Adesanyaj72
Member
8 months ago

As a crisis that will last a lifetime, climate change must be addressed head-on if democracy and sustainable development are to be preserved and advanced.

Hassan Isa
Hassan Isa
Member
8 months ago

In order to avoid disaster, we must elect a president who is serious about addressing climate change and who is willing to work with others to find solutions.

Chibuzor
Chibuzor
Member
8 months ago

the country is still at risk from these threats, which is why he urges Nigerians to vote only for politicians who have a clear position on climate change and an action plan to address it.

Taiwoo
Taiwoo
Member
8 months ago

Nigerians are urged to apply for their Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) and consider factors other than candidates’ hollow campaign promises when choosing who to vote for in the upcoming election.

Godsewill Ifeanyi
Godsewill Ifeanyi
Member
8 months ago

According to the executive director of the organization, an analysis of the policies proposed by the various political parties has been finished, and the results have been posted on the website for the vote for a climate initiative.

Nwachukwu Kingsley
Nwachukwu Kingsley
Member
8 months ago

the urgent need to phase them out as soon as possible and assist those who are displaced in finding new employment in industries that are more environmentally friendly, like renewable energy.

Adeolastan
Adeolastan
Member
8 months ago

It very bad and unfortunate that the issue of climate change doesn’t have any recognition in the campaign process of the country when the international community and organisations take it as a priority whenever they have opportunity like campaign of meeting.

Iyanu12345ogg
Iyanu12345ogg
Member
8 months ago

Climate change is not really an issue. The need to vote for a credible presidential candidate who will be willing to contribute and assist in addressing the climatic changes concerns should be what we focus on.

Haykaylyon26
Haykaylyon26
Member
8 months ago

Climate change affect the whole world we should not experience this kind of climate issue a leader that will help in preventing climate change affect our country and many others things is who we need that will bring positive thing to the country

theApr
theApr
Member
8 months ago

An expert on climate change and member of the Climate Justice Coalition claims that because it represents a once-in-a-lifetime disaster, combating climate change is essential to upholding democracy and sustainable development.

Remi1
Remi1
Member
8 months ago

A leader who will assist in preventing climate change from affecting our country and many other things is what we need in order to bring positive changes to the nation as it affects the entire planet.

Tolaniiii
Tolaniiii
Member
8 months ago

We cannot risk climate change. We need a serious presidential candidate who will help mitigate climate change or it will be devastating.

Christiana
Christiana
Member
8 months ago

The organization urges Nigerians to vote for a candidate with a climate action plan in the 2023 election because climate change issues are underrepresented.

Bola12
Bola12
Member
8 months ago

It’s sad that the country’s campaign approach doesn’t address climate change whereas the international community and organizations prioritize it during meeting campaigns.

Ultra0711
Ultra0711
Member
8 months ago

Climate change is not actually a problem in Africa’s climate. This is due to the fact that there are still numerous urgent problems that need to be resolved. This is why the issue of climate change has received so little attention in political elections.