Earth Day: Climate Action 2016 which held on the 15th of January, 2016 at the Federal University of Technology’s Theodore Idibiye Francis auditorium had a great turn-out as hundreds of students and young professionals came from across the world to learn about climate change; its effects, how it can be reduced and how the Earth can be made a better place to live in. World Earth day was founded by Senator Gaylord Nelson and first organized in 1970 to promote ecology and respect for life on planet and to create awareness on the growing problems of air, water and soil pollution, Earth Day FUTA, 2016, an initiative of Space Club, Federal University of Technology, Akure in conjunction with the ENACTUS FUTA Team was held to inspire awareness of and appreciation for the earth’s environment.
Top dignitaries of the University present at the event includes: Dean of Student Affairs, FUTA, Prof B.K Alese representing the Vice Chancellor of the University, Prof. G A Daramola; Dr. Mrs. Ajayi, the Registrar, FUTA and the Director of the University’s Centre for Space Research and Applications (CESRA), Prof. J.O Akinyede. The event featured two major segments alongside a panel discussion; Talks on Climate Change mitigation and the exhibition of projects, products and inventions mitigating Climate change. Speakers at the event include; the founder of Green Campus Initiative; Adenike Akinsemolu, Founder of ENACTUS, FUTA from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne; Toluwanimi Kolawole, Daniel Thorpe from the University of Edinburgh, Manchester and Prof Ahmed Balogun of the department of Meteorology and Climate Science, Federal University of Technology, Akure.
The Speakers gave presentations and educative information on the need to prevent climate change. Emphasis was laid on the fact that humans feel that once they are able to go out and come home safely every day, the world is fine not realizing that we are all at risk. Climate change has been visible from the mid to late 20th century. Climate change comes from both the anthropogenic and natural causes. The anthropogenic causes are from the influence of man activities on nature and the natural causes, from the word ‘nature’ cannot always be prevented. The anthropogenic causes are from the use of chemical fertilizers, deforestation, exhaust or flue gas from vehicles, emissions of greenhouse gas, burning of carbon based fuels in industries and the emission of carbondioxide. The natural causes are from meteorites, methane emission from animals, forest fire, volcanic eruptions, ocean currents, sunspots and solar cycle.
Adenike Akinsemolu talked about the need for each human to take actions starting with the switching-off of our bulbs when leaving our homes. Mr. Thomas Koffi Arboh talked about processes by which waste can be converted, renewed and reused to avoid air, water and soil pollution. During the panel discussion, several questions were raised. One of these was ‘could climate change be totally avoided? Adenike Akinsemolu, Mr. Thomas Koffi Ghana and Daniel Thorpe emphasized that though it cannot be avoided, it could be greatly minimized. Exhibition of projects was also done by several teams including the Conservative, led by Mr. Thomas Koffi Arboh from Ghana and EarthPlus from Obafemi Awolowo University Ile-Ife.
At the end of the event, participants were made to know that climate change is indeed a reality and human activities are a major cause. However, the same human activities employed in a positive way could also be the solution. We all should then act now and together to find ways to safeguard our health and that of the generations yet unborn because every single person’s little effort will help. Every participants left after making a “Pledge to save the Earth”.