By ibrahima yakubu
In an effort toward encouraging women and children’s participation in the daily battle against climate change ,desertification ,soil erosion, and all forms of environmental degradation that is affecting the entire Northern Nigeria.
An interfaith specialist Hajiya Ramatu Tijjani,and the founder of a Non Governmental organization (Foundation for the protection of women and childrens)has for the fast 10 years devoted her time transforming rural and urban women and children’s on the importance of trees planning in their residence to reduce the heat temperature that is affecting human,Animals and other living organisim due to human irrational activities of cutting down of forest trees for domestic uses.
According to her, large number of Women in Africa face many obstacles that prevent them from fully assuming their role in the fight against climate change and the transition to a green, sustainable economy, from restricted property rights to a lack of access to funding, training, and technology, not to mention their under-representation in decision-making bodies.
For the past years ,she has committed herself into various trees planting campaign to schools ,Ghettos, and communities, with the aims of sensitizing teenagers and youths on the importance of climate change education , so as to save the region from all form of threat and related diseases associated with climate changes and halt spread of tropical diseases.
While emphasizing on the need for the introduction climate change education into Nigeria schools educational curriculums.
This is part of this year Earth day celebration which is 22 april 2022 and the aims is to help raise awareness to the general public on various ways to save the earth against human irrational activities of dumping all sort of trash and garbage into the streams and river,and also to raise an awareness of pollution and extinctions of many species that are endengered
“For all these years ,she has been teaching women and childrens ways of planting the seed of peace and unity in their communities ,so as to end all forms of ethno-religious and political killings bedeviling peace stability in the region”
“planting the seed of peace would help unite the people irrespective of their religious differences,culture and ethninicity background”
Founder of the NGO, Ramatu Tijjani said this was necessary in order to help young children in the entire African countries understand and address the impact of global warming, and to encourages changes in the perspective view of Climate education among little once for the safety of their environment.
Tijjani said “Our planet is warming day-by-day, and its temperatures are fast heading toward levels that scientists believe will threaten humans and the natural world in the future, therefore it is advisory and its very vital to immensely educate the young once in their school curriculum the importance of climate education and the various diseases associated with Global warming.”
Desertification, for example, forces women to travel farther for water and firewood. Natural disasters kill more women than men, as women are less likely to be able to flee to safety in anticipation of a disaster. And rising global temperatures pose challenges for women who are the primary suppliers of household food.
“Today, worldwide, there is an apparent increase in many infectious diseases, including some newly-circulating ones (HIV/AIDS, hantavirus, hepatitis C, SARS, etc.This reflects the combined impacts of rapid demographic, environmental, social, technological and other changes in our ways- of-living. Climate change will also affect infectious disease Occurrence,” she said
Tijjani pointed out clearly that inciting Climate change education in Both primary,secondary and tertiary school curriculum will create greater awareness and youth participation in the protection of their environment ,and it will enabled children in leraning various method in adapting to climate change-related trends in their local community’s,
Tijjani further said that Knowlegde of Climate education will surely Create opportunities for young people to learn more about climate change and the various way to adapt to any environmental and natural situation ,and how to adapt living in the environment.
According to her “Nigeria primary, secondary and tertiary school curriculum need to incorporate climate change issues like the rest of the world into the classrooms subject because Education is an essential element of the global response to climate change.”
The activist further mention that Educators need to help students learn more about climate change –in- and out side class room premises, and also introduce new methodologies in teaching science subject through local languages in other to enabled the young once understand the teaching of science subject to their own understanding.
Women form a disproportionately large share of the poor in countries all over the world. Women in rural areas in developing countries are highly dependent on local natural resources for their livelihood, because of their responsibility to secure water, food and energy for cooking and heating.
The effects of climate change, including drought, uncertain rainfall and deforestation, make it harder to secure these resources.
By comparison with men in poor countries, women face historical disadvantages, which include limited access to decision-making and economic assets that compound the challenges of climate change
In some countries in Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa, food production falls mainly to women. Women are therefore the first to feel the devastating effects of climate change. Repeated droughts and floods make chores traditionally performed by women (such as growing food, collecting water, and gather firewood) increasingly difficult. As a result, the food security of families that depend on these women is threatened.
While women are disproportionately affected by climate change, they play a crucial role in efforts to adapt to it and attenuate its effects. They are responsible for managing natural resources in many areas around the world and are the first to be aware of the degradation of their environments.
Women are therefore better able to understand the urgency and suggest practical, long-term solutions to adapt to changing environmental conditions.
Women face many obstacles that prevent them from fully assuming their role in the fight against climate change and the transition to a green, sustainable economy, from restricted property rights to a lack of access to funding, training, and technology, not to mention their under-representation in decision-making bodies.
Her plans was to help more women and children’s to halt cutting down trees for charcoal business.
She note that if women and children join her in raising more campaign against deforestation, there would be no more battle between farmers and cattle breeders.
In a nut shell ,she note that escalating conflicts between herders and farmers are among Nigeria’s most pressing security challenges. This could potentially generate bloodshed on an even wider scale unless President Buhari’s government makes ending this violence a national priority.
State governments also need to formulate and implement steps to address the needs and grievances of all sides transparently and equitably.
Strengthening law enforcement, supporting local conflict prevention and resolution mechanisms, establishing and protecting grazing reserves would all make a significant and immediate difference.
In the longer term, the greater challenge will be curbing the arms influx and, crucially, addressing the environmental trends that are forcing herders south. Failure would spell greater danger for a country already battling other severe security challenges and, potentially, for the wider West and Central African region.
Her project is aimed at teaching and encouraging women and childrens in planting the seed of peace in both rural and urbans areas of the northern region,