Parents urged to teach children ‘nature care’
By Ifeoma Orji, Lagos
Parents all over the world have been urged to teach their children to care for nature as a way of preserving the environment.
An environmentalist, Elizabeth Erediauwa, made the call on Tuesday as the world marked the World Environment Day.
She observed that the earth was already polluted but reducing green house emission, through adoption of renewable energy could enhance the environment for a cleaner future.
For that to be, all humans should learn to respect and care for nature,” she said.
“It’s been scientifically proven that a child begins to have a mind of his or her own from the age of seven. We can orientate them, this is right, this is wrong, tell them the reason why they shouldn’t burn items is because it destroys the ozone layer which can lead to global warming and can destroy so many things even the earth itself. So when they know the truth about caring for nature, it would be a stepping stone for corrective measure.” Erediauwa explains.
Speaking on this year’s theme, “Green Economy: Does it include you?” a Renewable Energy Consultant, Lawal Gaba, noted that: “The world today is being destroyed by acquired needs...Things that are not basic need but more or less a luxury.”
He observed that there was a time when all waste products were being up taken by the soil. Gaba pointed out that inorganic wastes could be made useful to humans with proper waste recycling and management.
He said that the gas being flared could also be useful when turned into renewable energy like solar, wind and geothermal marine energy.
The World Environment Day was set aside by the United Nations to raise global awareness on the need for governments and individuals to take positive actions by protecting the mother earth from natural and environmental pollution.
The Day emphasises sustainable green economy, as a duty call for all humans to get back to nature and become its friend by planting a tree or two.
The celebration has been on since 1973 and is marked on June 5 in different countries, under different themes.