November, 2021

08nov10:00 am4:00 pmROUND TABLE AND SCREENING TALKS WITH STUDENTS AND YOUTH LEADERS ON GOVERNMENT RESPONSIBILITY AND INACTION ON CLIMATE CHANGE IN MAKURDI BENUEROUND TABLE AND SCREENING TALKS WITH STUDENTS AND YOUTH LEADERS10:00 am - 4:00 pm Makurdi, Benue State, Nigeria., 970101 Organiser: Climate Fringe Event Type:Meeting

Event Details

INTRODUCTION: One of the greatest challenges to human kind in the 21st century is the threat from climate change. According to UNDP (2010), climate change poses great challenges to society, particularly in developing countries; impact will reverse decade’s worth of human development gains especially those of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and threaten achievement of the nascent Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
Developing world countries especially those in Africa are projected to bear the major brunt of a problem caused by Global environmental change. This is made worse by high level of poverty, low level of infrastructure and human development, which limit the capacity of Africa to manage risks due to climate change.

BACKGROUND: Blossom Development Foundation has been advocating for climate action for over half our life and we still do not believe we are doing enough. Instead, what we are seeing is political division.
Our people are being displaced. Our children are going hungry. Our communities are becoming unhealthy and dying.
Today we are at risk of losing access to some of the most basic human rights. If we are unable to unite, we will lose our beautiful Benue valley.
Youth and women are already losing lives to Fulani headsmen and other existing battles including the overarching climate crisis. We cannot solve this crisis in isolation. Similarly, we cannot lead the fight without unity but by declaring a climate emergency. This declaration will be symbolic of our national commitment to our generation.
There is no doubt the climate crisis will continue to hit the most vulnerable first. There is also no doubt that it will touch every life on this earth, whether we like it or not.
The heart we give today will reflect in the heart that we ourselves and our children will carry tomorrow.

JUSTIFICATION: One of the greatest challenges to human kind in the 21st century is the threat from climate change. According to UNDP (2010), climate change poses great challenges to society, particularly in developing countries; impact will reverse decade’s worth of human development gains especially those of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and threaten achievement of the nascent Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
Developing world countries especially those in Africa are projected to bear the major brunt of a problem caused by Global environmental change. This is made worse by high level of poverty, low level of infrastructure and human development, which limit the capacity of Africa to manage risks due to climate change.
Blossom Development Foundation has been advocating for climate action for over half our life and we still do not believe we are doing enough. Instead, what we are seeing is political division.
Our people are being displaced. Our children are going hungry. Our communities are becoming unhealthy and dying.
Today we are at risk of losing access to some of the most basic human rights. If we are unable to unite, we will lose our beautiful Benue valley.
Youth and women are already losing lives to Fulani headsmen and other existing battles including the overarching climate crisis. We cannot solve this crisis in isolation. Similarly, we cannot lead the fight without unity but by declaring a climate emergency. This declaration will be symbolic of our national commitment to our generation.
There is no doubt the climate crisis will continue to hit the most vulnerable first. There is also no doubt that it will touch every life on this earth, whether we like it or not.
The heart we give today will reflect in the heart that we ourselves and our children will carry tomorrow.
We will be part of COP26 in the Round table and Screening Talks with Students, Youth, women and persons living with disabilities (PLWD) on Government responsibility and Inaction on Climate Change in Makurdi, Benue State as our own way of contributing to the advocacy channels prepared by Climate Fringe to show case the impact of Climate change and possible mitigation strategies that are applicable within our context by:
Firstly, increased representations of leaders in climate change, especially youth. We have not been given the space we deserve to raise our voices. Our deep and personal losses must be heard.
Secondly, close collaboration with the Government and other international allies such as the Commonwealth to ensure international leaders comply to their commitments to the Paris Agreement accordingly. We have less than a decade to reduce to our target global emission.
And finally, we need increased institutional support to prepare country proposals aimed at accessing international climate finance. We need better access to finance that will provide more support in livelihood adaptation.
The international community should also recognize the need for developed nations, which are heavily responsible for accelerating climate change, to agree to enhance their efforts to slow down the cause of this crisis.
The measure by which they contribute to the loss and damage inflicted by the climate crisis must be matched by the efforts they take to help heal our broken planet and her people.

OVERALL GOAL: To have a chance of limiting warming to 1.5 degrees, global emissions must halve by 2030 and reach ‘net-zero’ by 2050.

OBJECTIVE: To bring 350 Students from Benue State University and University of Agriculture to a Round Table and Screening Talk on Government Responsibility and Inaction on Climate Change on the 8th/11/2021 to deliberations in COP 26 summit in Glasgow from Makurdi Benue State Nigeria

OUTCOMES: OUTCOME: To bring Students and young people together to accelerate progress on the shared challenges of climate change:
• Adaptation and resilience -The need to give greater consideration to uncertainty and the implications for policy decisions

• Nature based solutions – investigating ‘realistic’ adaptation options by different stakeholders in different socio economic, cultural and political settings
• Energy transitions – to accelerate the clean energy transition by encouraging the use of cheaper renewable and storage.

• Clean transport – to clean our air by speeding up the global transition to zero emission vehicles.

• Finance – to encourage our financial systems to be cleaner to unlock growth and create green jobs.

Sub Activities: Round table and Screening Talks with students and youth leaders on Government responsibility and Inaction on Climate Change with 350 students and youths from Benue State University and University of Agriculture Makurdi, Benue State

Proposed implementation Plan: • On the 8th November, 2021 Blossom Development Foundation will select 350 Students from Beuue State University and University of Agriculture Makurdi, Youth Groups, Civil Society organizations, persons with disabilities and/or allow them participate on Round table and Screening Talks on Government responsibility and Inaction on Climate Change in Makurdi, Benue State on the shared challenges – The need to give greater consideration to uncertainty and the implications for policy decisions; investigating ‘realistic’ adaptation options by different stakeholders in different socio economic, cultural and political settings ; – to accelerate the clean energy transition by encouraging the use of cheaper renewable and storage; to clean our air by speeding up the global transition to zero emission vehicles; to encourage our financial systems to be cleaner to unlock growth and create green jobs.

Means of Verification (MoVs):
• Live streaming
• Activity Reports
• Participants attendance sheets

Activity Visibility: Banners
Pla-cards
T-shirts
Social media handles

Targets Groups: • Student Union Leaders
• Civil Society Organizations(CSOs)
• Youth
• Women
• Persons Living With Disability (PWD)
• Security Agencies
• Ministry of Environment
• Ministry of Agriculture
• Benue State Emergency Management Agency

Monitoring & Evaluation: We will base our monitoring on documentation. A register for taking attendance will be brought to the venue of the round table talks on the 8th November, 2021 to monitor the presence of students ad youth participation.

Time

(Monday) 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Location

Makurdi, Benue State, Nigeria.

970101

Organiser

X
X