A Nigerian-born climate activist, writer and oral surgeon, Dr. Gbujie Daniel Chiubern, has been named Nigeria’s 2019 Climate Leader by Climate Scorecard.
Founder of Team 54, an organisation working to combat climate change and promote sustainable development in sub-Saharan Africa, Dr. Chiubern is a winner of the World Medical Association/Junior Doctor Network Champion Award for 2015. Also, he is the first African doctor to be part of a delegation for the World Medical Association at COP22 and COP23.
According to Ron Israel, Climate Scorecard Director: “Currently Dr. Chiubern is creating Team 54, a vast and rapidly-growing network of 207,000 members in 169 countries to date, all working in harmony to fight against the root causes of climate change, while at the same time bringing ecological, economic, gender, and racial justice to the forefront with determination and courage. Team 54 Project believes that climate actions are more impactful and better sustained when the individual can contribute personally by using their talents and skills.”
Dr. Chiubern was quoted as saying: “With the growing threat of climate change and socio-economic consequences currently being experienced, the future for any country in Africa is entirely not certain. In moving forward as a continent, these issues must be understood by all. Therefore, addressing the global climate crisis will have to be top on all African government agenda and actions have start immediately because projection shows that it will get worse in the coming decades.”
On its National Climate Leaders of 2019, Climate Scorecard submitted: “As 2019 ends, we’re taking a look back at the men and women who are making a difference in the climate policies of their countries and the world. They include wizened scholars, researchers, political leaders, and young climate change activists. These leaders are applauded for the work they are doing to prevent the catastrophe that will occur if global warming goes unchecked.
“Those on Climate Scorecard’s National Climate Leader Awards List were nominated by a Climate Scorecard Country Manager in each of the 22 greenhouse gas emitting countries that we cover. Our Country Managers tracked climate related events in their countries over the past year and are well positioned to propose candidates for our list.”