Environment: Osinbajo says next generations may be in trouble

Environment: Osinbajo says next generations may be in trouble

As Nigeria joins the rest of the world this year, the country is taking drastic steps to mitigate the impacts of plastics and other products used for packaging consumable and non-consumable goods.

Vice President stated this on Tuesday June 5 in Abuja.

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He said the country was putting various measures in place to ensure the impacts of these products are minimised and that they do not negatively impact the nation’s population and its posterity.

He however hinted that if the trend where non-degradable products are used indiscriminately, the world would be inhabitable for future generations.

“It is a special effort to celebrate the World Environment Day, 2018 in Nigeria, even as we join the rest of the world on this special day. In one of his most inspired moments, the United Nations set aside June 5th annually for the reflection on environmental state of the earth.

“This place where we live, our forefathers have lived, and we intend our descendants will live. The last two decades have shown that on account of damage to the environment, there is no guarantee that we can hand over a liveable place to generations after us. That reality unfolds daily as we observe the consequences of climate change, environmental abuses that cause it.

“This year, we are invited to look at what we could do with plastic pollution, an environmental epidemic created daily, relentlessly,” he said.

He said some of the plastic and related products for packaging could take 500 to 1000 years to degrade, and as such would constitute threat to lives of humans and other creatures.

“Current researches also show that plastics that have not been burn could be in excess of 4.5 billion tonnes. Much of that ends up in the ocean, becoming almost impossible to retrieve.

“Worst still, snow and sunlight cause plastic to break into smaller pieces, micro-plastic and ended up being eaten by fish and other marine creatures. And, this may even find their way into our meals,” he said.



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