The current catastrophic weather condition caused by Climate Change being experienced across Nigeria in the form of flooding is a result of human activities.
Environmentalist, Desmond Majekodunmi, disclosed this while speaking on TVC News’s Journalists Hangout.
The Environmentalist said Climate change has come to live with us all but called for more to be done to mitigate the effect.
He also said the Cameroonian Government could have done more in ensuring that the release of Water from the Lagdo Dam is better managed as against the current Situation.
He said Humanity has failed to listen to the several warnings made by scientists on the effect of activities like Pollution, Sand Filling and exploration for resources which has left the earth devoid of its natural protection against flood and Other Natural Disasters.
He also called for a wholistic approach to tackling the issue of flooding across the country including a comprehensive revamp of the drainage systems in States to ensure they are up to the task of draining water in times when the rainfall volume becomes too high.
Read More excerpts from him Below…
“The role of climate change is basically just expressing our own negativity. And I must say that the report of both the states was absolutely heart wrenching, extremely worrisome, because it’s going to happen again, and it’s going to happen again and again, and it’s going to get worse. But also, I must give full kudos to the gentlemen and ladies of the fourth realm.
At least it was covered. It should have been reported more. But it’s not easy to go out there into these disaster zones and to cover these disasters, putting your own life and safety at risk and also putting you under tremendous stress. So I really congratulate our media.
However, the reality is that we humans have brought about this climate change, this type of unprecedented flooding. Several of them said they’ve never, ever seen anything like it. Another person said similar thing in 2018. Probably that’s because it coincided with an El Nino year, which is when the Earth gets naturally hotter for about nine months and then goes down for a few years, comes back again.
El Nino is still coming. However, this climate change and the effects we were warned about this over 40 years ago by metrological scientists attached to the United Nations geologists and other great thinkers with all the equipment.
The only thing is that they got it a little bit wrong. They said these sort of things will start happening in about 50 years. Instead, it happened ten years earlier. And 20 years ago, they were blowing the alarm even louder.
By 2015, there was a Paris conference, and they were blowing the alarm and saying, yes, climate change will cause this. And it’s the most simple of science. We understand this from primary school. In fact, we understand it from just being in our mother’s kitchen as children. That, by the way, when you apply heat to water, the water evaporates.
The more heat, the more evaporation. If you have more evaporation, you have heavier rain. Two plus two equals four. So the science, obviously, it’s a bit more complex than that, but the reality is that that’s what’s happening. We’ve been polluting the atmosphere of this Earth for decades upon decades, in fact, for over a century, and the pollution has continued and continued, and we’re upsetting an extremely delicate, meticulously placed atmospheric balance that makes this planet one of, in fact, if not the only, livable space entity.
And believe you me, there’s millions of them around. Now, because of the technology we have, we’ve been able to assess that there’s galaxies with millions. This is the only one that has the capacity to maintain life as we know it. And the overriding reason why it has that capacity is the delicate, complex balance of gasses in our atmosphere. And one of those aspects of it that the gases do is it gives this Earth a specific temperature within specific ranges.
The pollution that we’ve been pumping there and pumping there has now heated it up beyond the normal average temperature, and it’s going up. And that’s why by 2015, the scientists were panicking and they were saying, look, this thing is real, it’s serious, it’s going to get bad. And not only is it going to get bad, but if we push it to a certain limit, the process becomes unstoppable. Look, you can’t fight nature. You can’t fight nature. They just experience it in Florida, in America, where, by the way, I must give kudos to the operations there.
They were very effective. Helicopters were coming in. They were saving people. They even saved one woman and her dog. Dogs had a helicopter. But, yeah, they saw this hurricane. It was a hurricane, which is a lot more dramatic because it comes and it creates chaos, especially if it’s coming off the sea. So there was a hurricane coming in, a hurricane here. And with all their wonderful technology, they knew when it was coming.
They knew where it was coming. They couldn’t slow it down for half of a second. So you can’t fight nature. And that’s what the Secretary General of the United Nations said. He said that mankind is waging war against nature and this is suicidal.
So it’s a signal, it’s a message to us that we have to change our whole attitude and ways. And there’s many manifestations, for instance, the issue that was very well highlighted by the esteemed journalists there about Cameroon decided, okay, the Water Estimation must release. No, that’s not the way to do it. We’re all brothers and sisters, just because we’re speaking a slightly different way, a different language, but the differences between us are minute.
Do you know that the difference between a typical tribesman in Nigeria and a typical tribesman in the Cameroon? When you take the DNA, the genetic difference is less than 1%. Yes, the difference between is less than 1%. 99% of our genetic makeup is exactly the same. There’s just some external differences, and then we allow cultural taboos to come in and all kinds of things, and then we can’t even behave like our brothers keeper from time.
The Cameroon people should have known, okay, yeah, this thing is coming. Let’s work with the Nigerians now, how to do measured slow release as much as possible and lower. The Nigerians are receiving it. But also, also, apart from the climate change which we humans have caused and brought upon ourselves, the massive desolation and destruction of the biospheres there, that is the massive deforestation. And in some areas where we have these mangrove swamps, terrible amounts of sand filling, all these things are also affecting because I believe that some of those rivers, the banks and the bottom of the bed of the river has been raised because there’s been more erosion, because the trees that used to prevent the erosion of their root zone have been long since cut off.
Because people are looking for firewood to cook their food when kerosene should be available. And even other more cleaner systems are available, but they’re not being practiced. So it’s us. We have brought this upon ourselves. And basically what’s happening, we’ve come to a crux. Nature is saying, okay, humanity, you’ve done enough. You’ve done enough. And I must give you back what you’re doing. And if you don’t change, I’m going to give it back harder and harder until you do change. And the changes are all there. It’s all there in our scripture. It’s not very complex. The scripture says that we should love God above all else.
The scripture says, Peace be unto you. Love your neighbor. Are we doing this? No, because we’re not doing this. Nature of us. Let me ask you one question. A little over a month ago in Katsina State, ice flakes came over from that brother, you’ve been to Katsina. It’s a hot place. What more warning do you want? That’s why the Secretary General of the United Nations, he said that the alarm bell is blowing loud. You can’t even blow louder. He said it and they said it. They have access to all the info. You can pick up the phone and you can say, okay, what was the average rainfall in Lagos in 1997? Boom. Within minutes. He has it. Or show me a photograph of the desert area in Yobe State 40 years ago. Show me a photograph 40 hours ago. He’s got it. So he has access to all the information and it’s panicking. But there’s hope. There’s hope because we’re seeing some coming together now.
Yeah, international, some international groups. One of them is being driven very strongly by King Charles of the UK, who has been an advocate for nature, advocate for environment, just like his father for many, many, many decades. So there are some pressure groups now coming together and saying, look, money must be made available to countries that are going to be hard hit by this climate change issue. Those monies will be used for adapting, developing very rapid systems like in terrible states. Some dam systems would help if we build our own dams, and then we can receive some of the waters that are released. Likewise, in the other states, there are systems that can be put in place to help us to adapt. Lagos also is under risk from coastal erosion and then also to mitigate, so that we ourselves will now start to transition to cleaner energy systems, to better waste systems, to more healthy lifestyle systems in our development, so called development”.