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Images: Photography as a tool to curb methane emissions

Until recently, not so many efforts were in place to raise awareness of the problem of methane pollution dominant in the oil and gas industry, as well as the agricultural and waste management sectors. Mayowa Adebote, a Lagos-based environmental photographer, has embarked on a photo documentary to compliment the growing set of tools that will go on to underpin smart policies needed to efficiently eliminate methane pollution.

“Unlike other well-talked-about climate change contributors, Methane as a key source of emission has been neglected. Nigeria being an oil-producing country cannot be silent on this, especially considering the fact that regulating methane emissions from this sector is one of the fastest, most cost-effective, and most impactful actions governments can take to achieve their climate goals,” says Adebote.

“I believe that, with these captivating images that make clear methane and climate change connections, more people will become aware of methane emissions globally and improved technologies to manage these emissions can be institutionalised.”

It is believed that Methane has more than 80 times the warming power of carbon dioxide over a 20-year period and is responsible for 0.5°C of the warming the earth has experienced since pre-industrial times. Considering its potency, science has agreed that cutting methane pollution is the fastest way to slow the accelerating rate of global warming.

A documentary photographer, film-maker and environmentalist, Adebote’s works are focused on using images and videos to capture humanitarian and development-related projects. He currently provides visual content for EnviroNews and the International Climate Change Development Initiative.

Adebote Mayowa
An aerial view of a 12-hectare size dumpsite within the Igando area of Lagos, Nigeria surrounded by lots of residential buildings and patches of green areas. Open burning takes place here all year long
Adebote Mayowa
Smoke resulting from daily open burning of animal skin and sawdusts at a portion of the well-known Oko-Oba Abattoir in Agege, Lagos. Roughly 3000 people visit this market daily despite the offensive odour and enormous gases emitted
Adebote Mayowa
The newly commissioned gas-fired power station in the Egbin area of Ikorodu, Lagos, Nigeria where gases are constantly and indiscriminately released in the process of generating electricity and thermal energy. The resulting emissions destroy air quality in the community
Adebote Mayowa
Visible gas emissions from oil rigs over the Atlantic Ocean in the CMS area of Lagos
Adebote Mayowa
An up-close image of one of the hundreds of loaded dump trucks waiting in queue to dispose of collected waste at Olusosun open landfill
Adebote Mayowa
An aerial shot shows Lekki Conservation Centre (LCC) a 78-hectare (190-acre) protected forest and high biodiversity area despite the huge deforestation and building projects around the entire community

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