EARTH DAY 2017 ACTIVITY REPORT
Earth Week is an annual event organized by the Earth Day Network, which has a mission to diversify, educate and activate the environmental movement worldwide. Growing out of the first Earth Day organized in 1970, the Earth Day Network is the world’s largest recruiter to the environmental movement, working with more than 50,000 partners in nearly 195 countries to build environmental democracy. The Earth Week for this year, 2017, commenced on Saturday April 22, 2017 (Earth Day) and will end on Saturday April 29, 2017. The theme for the Earth Day 2017’s Campaign is Environmental & Climate Literacy.
Environmental and climate literacy is the engine not only for creating green voters and advancing environmental and climate laws and policies but also for accelerating green technologies and jobs. AfriGrowth Foundation is a member of the Earth Day Network and has organized programs on previous Earth Day commemorations.
Our Activity- Earth Day Lecture and Interactive Session
AfriGrowth Foundation organized a lecture and interactive session on the Earth Day theme for NYSC (National Youth Service Corps) Members. This event was to educate and enlighten the NYSC corps members on the concepts of climate change and its unprecedented threat to our planet. The NYSC members were equally empowered with the knowledge to inspire action in defense of environmental protection.
The core objectives of this lecture and interactive session was to:
- Intensely enlighten participants (NYSC members) on the relationship and impact of climate change on their immediate environment.
- Build their knowledge base on simple activities they can execute to protect the environment.
- Develop a group of ambassadors for the environment.
- Educate corps members on their civic responsibilities towards their environment.
Areas of discussion centered on:
- Definition of Environment
- Classification of Environment- physical and Non-physical
- Definition of climate change
- Major Current Environmental Problems-Climate change
- Effect of climate change on environment/health
- General Measures for Environmental Hazard Prevention and Control
- Civic responsibilities towards attaining a green environment.
Features of the Event
- Venue: The event was held at the NYSC Wuse Zone 3, Zonal Office, located behind Neighborhood Market, Zone 3, Wuse, Abuja.
- Date & Time: The event was on Tuesday, April 25, 2017 by 10.00am.
- Program Facilitators: AfriGrowth Foundation invited two resource persons; Sanitarian Adefunke Adeniran and Arch. Bukola Fatile from CFC Environmental Projects, Abuja to make lecture presentations and facilitate the interactive session. CFC Environmental Projects is duly registered firm of environmentalists, which serves as a technical partner to the Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC) on earth care, sanitation, waste management and environmental protection.
- Proceedings: The event, which was attended by 56 corps members, lasted for over an hour was highly interactive, as the corps members asked questions and made credible inputs. The event equally availed AfriGrowth the opportunity to introduce its programs, most especially the youth mentorship programs to the corps members.
Benefits of the Event to AfriGrowth Foundation
- Build our database of youth for the youth mentorship programs.
- Create awareness for the Foundation.
- Improve the outlook of the Foundation as a supporter of the environment.
- Build the credibility of the Foundation, most especially for funders/support partners that focus on environmental-based programs.
- Forge better alliance and partnership with Earth Day Network.
- Improve chances to access grant opportunities, which are centered on environment and climate change.
The Earth Day Lecture and Interactive Session, based on the theme: Environmental and Climate Literacy, was a success, as AfriGrowth Foundation was able to educate NYSC members on the impacts of climate change to their environs and their responsibilities to their environment. NYSC members were selected as the participants for this year’s program, as they can easily step down what they have learnt in their various places of primary assignment. About 70% of the NYSC members are in teaching positions; hence, they will be able to enlighten their students on environmental and climate literacy.
At the end of the program, the NYSC members were challenged to play their roles as ambassadors of the environment and create and unending chain on awareness and enlightenment. The contact details of the participants (NYSC members) were documented, in order for AfriGrowth Foundation to follow up on their activities as ambassadors of the environment.