Glow Initiative For Economic Empowerment, Access Bank have lamented the impacts of climate change in the socio-economic development of the world and Nigeria in particular.
To mitigate the effects, the organisations have launched Climate Leadership Fellowship aimed at resolving issues associated with climate change, noting that energy climate change impact was ravaging the world.
According to them, in Nigeria, its impacts have led to severe cases of drought, desertification, flooding, and disruption in rainfall patterns.
The convener of the programme, Miss Glory Oguegbu, while speaking with journalists in Ibadan said the impacts adversely affect man’s health, wellbeing and environment.
‘’One fast way to combat these is through education to make sure that people understand what is happening and take measured steps to combat it,’’ she said.
Oguegbu added that Glow Initiative for Economic Empowerment with support from Access Bank PLC have launched the third cohort of “The Climate Leadership Fellowship (Special edition for Energy Leaders) designed to provide expert training on four main areas of the climate change and energy for young Nigerians who were passionate and willing to make a difference in the sustainability, clean cooking, clean energy, electric vehicles, solar power and waste to energy sectors.’’
After training, she added that all fellows would adopt a school where they would teach climate change and renewable energy, helping to groom young ones, who will promote a climate resilient nation.
“All fellows will receive a climate education toolkit for teaching in schools and a certificate of climate leadership.’’
“The fellowship currently ongoing received 400 applications from all states in Nigeria from which 30 fellows were specially and carefully selected”.
Also speaking at the event, the head of sustainability at Access Bank Nigeria, Ms. Omobolanle Victor-Laniyan described climate change as the biggest threat facing humanity today.