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Giving meaning to theme of World Environment Day 2015

The theme of this year’s celebration for World Environment Day is: “Seven Billion Dreams. One Planet. Consume With Care.” The following anecdote may suffice to better explain the meaning of the theme. The theme can be said to depict seven billion “Golden Hens” inhabiting one enclosed Basket. This is the only Basket that gives them life and should not be ...

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HOMEF on WED 2015: Restore the environment, build well-being

Nnimmo Bassey, Director, HOMEF

In its message to mark the World Environment Day 2015, the Health of Mother Earth Foundation (HOMEF) submits that currently dominant humankind’s view of the gifts of nature is at the root of many of the crises confronting the world today When future generations look back on our actions today, it is likely that they will evaluate harshly our irresponsible relationship with ...

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World Environment Day 2015: Earth’s resources are finite


Danielle Nierenberg, President, Food Tank, sheds some light on the theme of the 2015 World Environment Day Friday, June 5, is World Environment Day (WED) which celebrates positive environmental action and calls on each of us to create change. The theme of WED – “Seven Billion Dreams. One Planet. Consume with Care” – reminds us that we only have one planet, and ...

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Activists kick against Africa extractive activities, land grabs


Friends of the Earth Africa (FoEA) groups have decried the impact of extractive companies’ operations across the African region, cautioning that if communities are not adequately empowered to advocate for and defend their rights, more of them will be displaced leading to conflicts. The groups made the call recently during a solidarity mission to oil host communities in Bunyoro sub-region ...

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‘How to make mining environmentally viable’


Mining has been a massive driver for development, as seen in developed countries. Now that Nigeria is diversifying from her mono economy of petroleum, mining amongst other sectors should be looked at. Therefore, plans to manage the sector throughout its life cycle should also be put in place. Old mine practice that brought about adverse environmental degradation, without attention to ...

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Oronto Natei Douglas: The unbroken spirit


My last meeting with Oronto was barely a week before his passing. He had sent me a text message inviting me over to Abuja to discuss some issues. I had been planning to visit him, anyhow and was curtailed by his tight schedule which I abhorred disrupting. It was a delight to find this open space to see him. After ...

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Kenyan community grapples with water shortage, cattle raids


For many years northern parts of Kenya, primarily inhabited by pastoralists, has been prone to inter-communal resource conflict and cattle raids. According to a research done by Practical Action, up to 164,457 people have fled their homes as a result of conflicts associated with fighting for diminishing water and pastures. The reports further states that 70% of the displaced are ...

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Flaws of sustainable development goals, by scientists


Besides being unquantified, some of the 169 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) targets lack focus to enable effective implementation, the International Council for Science (ICSU) and International Social Science Council (ISSC) have said. In a recently released report coordinated by the ICSU in partnership with the ISSC, the groups reviewed the 17 SDGs and 169 targets, as submitted to the United ...

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Shell denies attempting to thwart Ogoniland cleanup


The Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria (ERA/FoEN) has alleged that Shell may be attempting to thwart the recommended cleanup of Ogoniland through a deal with a local company called Belema Oil. But the oil giant has denied the allegation, saying that, while fully committed to the Ogoniland cleanup, it has no dealings Belema Oil. Shell is said to have ...

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Demand sound UN goals, Nigeria urged


The action/2015 movement has urged the Nigerian government to use its weight to demand action on poverty, inequality and climate change at crucial negotiations next week in New York (17-20 February 2015). The negotiations in New York will set the overall vision of the next set of sustainable development goals – key agreements that will set global goals for the ...

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