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Groups build law students’ capacity on climate change, justice

The International Climate Change Development Initiative (ICCDI) in partnership with Youth Sustainable Development Network trained 15 law students in the western region of the country on climate change and justice in Nigeria.

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Participants at the workshop

The two-day workshop, which held from October 15 to 16, 2021, brought together veterans in the field wherein discussions centred on building the legal profession, as they are key to the achievement of Goal 13 of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

At the end of the workshop, some of the participants highlighted what they will do moving forward to build a system that is just and sustainable for all law students across the country.

Esan Moyosore, a member of the First Cohort, has been able to use the knowledge acquired from the workshop to enlighten the people around her, like her family members, on the need to change their behavioural patterns towards achieving climate impact. In acting, she is researching how sustainable energy can be used within her school.

Olayemi Olatokunbo believes in the little things, so he has started sensitising people about the need for climate action and he uses his position as the student representative of his law class to do this. He wants to understand more about this sector, and also become more knowledgeable through research.

“To achieve a net-zero target there needs to be a holistic approach. One of such is involving more lawyers in the fight against climate change. The Young Lawyers for Climate Justice workshop is the start of many to come and, as seen, the impact is innumerable,” said Durodoluwa Ajala, the project coordinator.

Idowu Olumide, co-founder of ICCDI, submitted: “We are committed to understanding and addressing past injustices that have contributed to the climate crisis and ensuring that young lawyers also take part in bringing justice to the people and vulnerable communities and lead the movement for change.”

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