Engaging political aspirants to provide documented commitments (CLIMATE PLEDGE) towards prioritizing Climate Action based on citizen demands by 2023.

Published Jul 12, 2022

VOTE FOR CLIMATE ACTION CAMPAIGN:

Climate change has emerged as the most severe existential crisis affecting humanity with disproportionate effects in sub-Saharan Africa where awareness is low and adaptive capacity limited. Thus, communities in this region stand to be affected in numerous ways, such as; health challenges, adverse socio-economic effects, extreme weather and more. The World Bank predicts that nearly a hundred million such individuals are at risk of being plunged deeper into extreme poverty making it even more difficult for them to adapt to the changing climate, this, in turn, feeds a vicious cycle that if left unchecked results in entrenched global poverty.

Despite the seriousness of the unfolding situation, a large section of the population in these communities even in large nations like Nigeria are unaware of the dangers and realities of climate change. Similarly, they lack the knowledge and resources to adapt to extremes which have become more severe and prevalent. Historically, information about climate change can be polarizing and lead to climate denial as observed in some political climes. This information is also better off disseminated using organic channels that do not overburden the recipients with scientific jargon or propaganda-like messages or feel too forced if alarmist.

Citizens that are well informed about climate change are more resilient and can adapt better than those that remain uninformed. Similarly, a community with an elaborate climate change information program can share experiences and learn from best practices, and mistakes and also establish reporting procedures for adaptation which is critical to reducing vulnerability to climate change and improving livelihoods. Therein lies the need for Climate Pledge.

In light of rising greenhouse gas emissions and worsening climate impacts in Nigeria, an advocacy project of DevTrain; Climate Pledge Project is targeted at stakeholders with high power and influence in their communities and organizations. These stakeholders shall pledge to increase awareness about climate change using their platform, the team seeks to integrate the Vote for Climate Action Campaign and enlighten/sensitize citizens at the grassroots to demand from political candidates (stakeholders) that are keen on getting their support from the upcoming general elections to walk the talk on the net-zero emission promises and climate actions that promote a shift to more sustainable lifestyles.

The Vote for Climate Action Campaign shall ahead of Nigeria’s 2023 general election mobilize citizens ('right holders') to effectively demand the actualization of Climate Actions and further sensitize duty bearers to recognize and fulfil these rights in line with SDG 13.

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