The United Kingdom has reiterated its commitment to mitigating the effects of climate change in Nigeria.
According to a statement, British Deputy High Commissioner, Ben Llewellyn-Jones, said this at a climate action event in the celebration of Commonwealth Day which was held at Lufasi Park in Lagos.
He observed that the impacts of climate change were currently being felt, adding that it was imperative to take effective measures to address them.
He said, “Climate change is a huge and ongoing challenge and some of the things we are seeing at the moment are already the effects of dangerous climate change, part of which is the temperature change that has already happened.
So, we have to look at some of those dangerous effects and how to adapt. One of the ways of doing that is to build infrastructure that can withstand some of those dangerous climate change effects.
Some of the money that is being spent is for the prevention of further dangerous climate change which is very important because the impacts are felt most keenly in places like Nigeria, which are vulnerable to climate change and have the least responsibility for the emissions that are causing it.
“There is still a lot of work to do due to the effects of climate change but as always, we remain committed to ensuring that we overcome every challenge and ensure that we work towards the same course.
He noted the importance of educating the youths about the adverse effects of climate changes, revealing that 60 per cent of countries in the Commonwealth were youths.
He added that Commonwealth nations were united in ensuring that it eradicated problems facing the nations under them.
“Sixty per cent of people across the Commonwealth are young people under the age of 30. That shows a massive number of people who can be galvanised to try and take action against climate change and those are the people who will experience the dangerous impacts of climate change that may come unless we avoid them.