by Josiah Egbilika

The Centre for Environment, Human Rights and Development (CEHRD) was represented at The Stakeholders Round Table Discussion and Training  on Air Quality. The event was themed: Improving air quality through strategic partnerships, and it was organized by the Climate Action for Sustainability and Environmental Protection (C.A.S.E) to mark the World Earth Day.

The project  seeks  to  build  a  Climate  smart  generation  of  young  people  through  strategic  initiatives  such  as Climate  Literacy,  Environmental  Clubs  Governance  and use of  Evidence  Based  Research. The  problem  of  Soot  has  been  a  strategic  menace  to  residents  and  visitors  alike  and  therefore this  project  seeks  to  ensure  early  mainstreaming  of  young  people  to  taking  responsibility  to protecting  their  environments  and  saying No to illegal  refining.

As part of CEHRD’s contribution to ensuring quality Air in Rivers State and Nigeria, CEHRD’s representative, Nyiaghan, Baridapsi made a presentation on “Strengthening Air Quality Literacy for Informed Citizen and Government Protection Action in Rivers State”. In her presentation, she listed sources of Air pollution, the  benefits of quality air and ways to tracking Air quality, the Link between Air quality and Climate change and the roles of stakeholders. Nyiaghan also spoke on the place of youths as agents of improved Air quality and the importance of Mangrove to Air quality improvement.

Special guests appearance were: A member of the Rivers State House of Assembly representing Gokana, Chairman, House committee on Environment, Hon. Dumle Maol; A representative of the mayor of Port Harcourt and others who made several commitments.

It is important to note that CEHRD has Environment clubs and school clubs in communities across Rivers and Bayelsa States and will continue to raise awareness and build their capacity on Air quality and Climate change.

CEHRD will continue to advocate for Environmental preservation and management using best practices.

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