Transcript of "350Nigeria: Global Moving Planet Report"
350NigeriaReport of Global Moving Planet Day Lagos 19th, 20th & 22nd Sept. 2011 Mass Awareness for Alternative, Sustainable & Safe Modes of Transportation Proudly Supported by:
“What we’re coming to understand is that of all the horrible things human beings havefigured out to do, nothing will repress more people more powerfully than removing thebasic physical stability of the planet that the poorest and most vulnerable peopledepend on in order to get their daily bread.” - Bill McKibben, activist, author, environmentalist, and co-founder of 350.orgExecutive Summary350Nigeria (Lagos Group) joined thousands of people who poured out into the streets indifferent parts of the globe to demand realactions from their political leaders andpublic office holders to act with purposeand vision in addressing the climatedisaster that looms in the not too farfuture if we refuse to act now!This year’s global day of political actionwas quite different from other yearsbecause more young people got involvedin bringing the climate situation topeople’s consciousness, pressuring the government to act and catching news attention inthe process.For us in Lagos, the day recorded the first climate change rally in the history of the state asboth young and old people joined in the march to the Lagos State Governor’s office todemand real action to save our beloved city and planet; where we demanded for: 1. An Alternative, Sustainable and Safe modes of Transportation 2. Independent lanes for bicycles, skates, spring stilts riders to safeguard our lives on the road 3. Effective infrastructures to combat flooding 4. Effective waste disposal and recycling management system 5. Alternative sources of renewable energy; and 6. Constant Mass Awareness on climate changeOn 19th September we organized one-day workshops in select schools on the Lagos Island,while selected secondary school students participated in the workshop organised on theLagos Mainland on 20th September which impacted over 120 students in Lagos State.We received a letter dated 20th September 2011 from His Excellency, Babatunde RajiFashola (SAN), the Executive Governor of Lagos State, informed us that our request hasbeen referred to the Honourable Commissioner, Environment and the HonourableCommissioner, Transportation for further actions.
At the end of this year’s Moving Planet Campaign, 350Nigeria (Lagos Group) can boldly saywe demanded for real actions, created awareness, empowered both young and old, andmore importantly, our Government is ready to ACT!BackgroundThe 350Africa team members; Samantha Bailey and Andrea van Meygaarden came toNigeria to organize the first-of-its-kind Africa Climate Leadership Workshop in Lagos from 4th – 5th August 2011. The aim were to train, empower and equip young climate leaders from different organizations with technical skills on advocacy, lobbying, mass movement building tailored towards raising awareness and engaging government officials to take proactive actions on climate change. After the 2-days intensive training, the participants were full of passion and zeal to act and bring the knowledge learnt to thecommon man and demand real action from their political leaders.The participants were zoned into groups according to their geographical locations: Lagos,Abuja, far North and South-South with the aim of reaching out and addressing thedivergent climate challenges facing Nigeria during the Global Moving Planet Day.Hence, the birth of 350Nigeria: a coalition of different youth-led organizations andindividuals in Nigeria working on climate change awareness and grassroots mobilizationtowards returning humanity back to the 350ppm Carbon(parts per million carbon dioxideratio goal which is the safe limit for the survival of humanity on earth).Lagos Moving PlanetMoving Planet was a worldwide day of action mobilizing people for solutions to climatechange, where in thousands of locationsaround the world just like in Lagos State,local climate organizers were running eventsto call the attention of government officials,the public, and the media of the necessity forus to move beyond fossil fuels and embrace100% Renewable, Alternative, Sustainable &Safe sources of energy.The 350Nigeria (Lagos Group) identifiedflooding and high carbon footprints (due tofactors such as high use of vehicles etc) as some of the serious climate challenges facingLagos State and as such, decided to organize the Lagos Moving Planet Campaign to addressthese issues by mobilizing youths, ordinary people, celebrities, clergymen and leaders in
the NGO sector through a mass awareness campaign rally on spring stilts and foots to theLagos State Governor’s office at Alausa, Ikeja where strong political demands were made.Pre – Lagos Moving Planet Media Blitz The Lagos Group started their media blitz some couple of weeks before the Moving Planet week through the article of the Team Leader, Zaid Shopeju which was published in two (2) national newspapers (Punch Newspaper: http://bit.ly/n0B43b and Compass Newspaper: http://bit.ly/nGwO2x) to set the tone for the group action plan and sensitise the populace of what to come. Then at a Lagos-based Television Station, SuperScreen TV; the Finance Coordinator,Deji Daramola and Georg Stubtisch (a friend and Masters Student from Austria) wereinterviewed on “Averting Flooding in Lagos”, while Zaid Shopeju and the MediaCoordinator, Babatunde Ogunsugba spoke on “Climate Change in Nigeria”. The phone-ininterviews lasted for 60minutes and Lagosians were given the opportunity to call-in to askquestions, contribute and make comments.On 16th September, the Lagos Group wasinvited by a radio personality; Tayo Elegbedeto speak on Moving Planet at the NationalOpen University of Nigeria (NOUN); RadioStation; NOUN F.M. Radio. Zaid Shopeju andTunde Ogunsugba were on hand to speak onthe team action plan for the 3-day long event.You can listen to the interview here:http://youtu.be/j3bQwdysVqc.The Lagos team extensively utilise the newmedia tools such as facebook fan page, twitter, youtube, and googlegroups among others toengage other youths in different part of the state for support and collaborate with thecampaign.Lagos Moving Planet Climate Change WorkshopsThe 3-day long campaign started on 19th September with the visit of the team to someselected schools on the Lagos Island where workshops were organized for secondaryschool students. The participants were taught the science of 350ppm, the current climaticcondition, and individual contribution to mitigating the effect of climate change. Theworkshop adopted a youth-friendly approach which enables the participants to interactwith the facilitators. The sessions where facilitated by Zaid Shopeju, Idowu Esuku;
Assistant Logistic Coordinator (who thrill the students with green rap songs), DejiDaramola and Adeola Abodunrin; Implementation Coordinator.However, on 20th September, the teamexperienced some difficulties as Lagos wasalmost flooded by unrelenting downpour of rainwhich resulted to an unimaginable traffic jamthat hampered movement within themetropolis. The force of nature could notdampen the high-spirit and determination of theteam, as the awkward weather was defied tostep into the rain and manoeuvre through thetraffic jam to organise climate change workshopfor students on the Lagos Mainland. Read moreon the workshops here: http://bit.ly/oStYux.Lagos Moving Planet Rally to the Governor’s Office350Nigeria (Lagos Group) events were aimed at raising public awareness on sea level rise,flooding and the present unsustainable mode of transportation in Lagos State which is athreat to our very survival caused by dependence on fossil fuel, carbon emission andclimate change.The most important and exciting part of our campaign was the march to the Governor’soffice to demand for real political action to solve the climate challenges of the state. It must be noted that this was the first climate change march in Lagos state and as such, all eyes were on us: for either success or failure await us at the end of the day; and we succeeded! 0n 22nd September 2011, we mobilize people into the streets starting from Maryland Bus Stop which was our convergence point. Green activists from different NGOs and private citizens joined in the march to the Governor’s office. The march wound through prominent andmajor roads in Lagos Mainland – Maryland to Opebi Link Road – Allen Avenue/AllenJunction to Alausa to Lagos State House of Assembly to the Governor’s office.The use of spring stilts created a strange but exciting scene as most people were seeing it inaction for the very first time. Some commuters stopped-by to ask questions while othersgave us the peace sign as a show of support. On getting to the Governor’s office, the teamwere met by some stern looking security operatives who demanded to know the purpose ofvisit and met with the team leader.
The team leader; Zaid Shopeju and media coordinator; Babatunde Ogunsugba met with thesecurity men and explain the purpose of 350Nigeria visit which was earlier sent to theGovernor through a letter of notification. The Governor could not meet with us but hispersonal assistant said that they have earlier responded to our notification and demandswhich was sent via postal mail.
Post – Lagos Moving Planet: Governor’s response & Media CoverageTrue to the Governor’s personal assistant words, a letter from the Governor dated 20th September was received from the post office before the end of that week. His Excellency stated that our request had been referred to the Honourable Commissioner for Environment and the Honourable Commissioner for Transportation for further actions; hence, 350Nigeria should liaise with the Honourable Commissioners. More so, our campaign was covered by two (2) Lagos–based Television Station and two (2) national daily newspapers as at the time of thisreport. Galaxy Television – 22nd September, 2011 STV – 22nd September, 2011 Daily Independent Newspaper: “Group tasks Fashola on use of bicycle for transportation” (Monday, September 26, 2011, page 10) Leadership Newspaper: “Youths Create Awareness on Climate Change” (Tuesday, September 27, page 41) 350Nigeria: Lagos Moving Planet Video: http://bit.ly/pLimAY.350Nigeria Recommendations to the Lagos State GovernmentWe wish to commend the honest effort of the Lagos State Government for leading thecrusade against climate change in Nigeria through its greening effort in the state and forpromoting the awareness of climate change among the populace.However, it is interesting to note that no youth oryouth-led organisation was invited to the AfricaMayoral Climate Change Summit held in Lagos on 21– 22 September, 2011. Even though, the 5thresolution of the summit stated thus: “to emphasizethe role of women, youth and other vulnerablegroups in implementation action plans on climatechange.”Hence, we wish to recommend the followings forconsideration and immediate actions:1. Involvement of youths on climate change governance and decisions by the Lagos State Government2. Inclusion of active climate youth leaders in the Lagos State delegates to COP17/CMP73. Provision of a youth desk at the Ministry of the Environment4. Capacity building projects for youth with the support of the State Government, MoE, MDAs and related agencies.
5. Regular Town Hall meetings between the State Governor, Ministry of the Environment, youth-led organisations, Civil Society and the youth constituency on climate change.Special ThanksWe wish to place on record our profound appreciation to the Lagos State Governor, HisExcellency, Babatunde Raji Fashola (SAN), for his prompt response to our demands; theHonourable Commissioner for Environment and the Honourable Commissioner forTransportation who will be working assiduously in the coming months to implement ourdemands.We wish to address our special thanks to 350.org for the funding support that made thisproject possible. Thanks to May Boeve, Samantha Bailey, Andrea van Meygaarden andthe entire 350Africa team, you rock! Another special thanks to all the supportingorganisations: Escole De Dessin, Youth Vision Alliance Network (YVAN), Human &Environmental Development Agenda (HEDA) Resource Centre, Impact with Danny andthe Nigeria Red Cross.Finally, to our wonderful volunteers; Anuoluwa Adediran, Jide Ogungbemi, AhmedShopeju, volunteer organisations, Sola Alamutu; Children And The Environment(CATE), Moshood Sanusi & Oladipo Kamoru Olayemi both of Youth Vision AllianceNetwork (YVAN), Dorathy Francis Etim of Action for Grassroots Development,Comrade Akanni Michael of Youth Alliance Movement of Nigeria, members of the newscorps and media houses (SuperScreen TV, Galaxy TV, NOUN F.M, STV, PunchNewspaper, Compass Newspaper, Daily Independent Newspapers and LeadershipNewspaper). To other people that we cannot mention their names in print, thank you foryour wonderful support and for making Lagos Moving Planet impactful!Prepared by:Zaid ShopejuTeam Leader/Logistic CoordinatorSupported by:Abodunrin Adeola Atinuke Daramola DejiImplementation Coordinator Finance CoordinatorAdenle Adetunwase Idowu EsukuRecruitment Coordinator Ass. Logistic CoordinatorBabatunde OgunsugbaMedia CoordinatorPhone: 2347082939714, 23408188512118, 08036833337Email: 350Nigeria@gmail.comFacebook: www.facebook.com/350NigeriaTwitter: @350Nigeria1