– Proffers solution to scary and harmful black soot.
– Donates specific plants to combat local environmental threats.
By Alli Sheriffdeen Abiola
World Environmental Education Day is a day set aside by the United Nations since June 1972. After its commencement in Stockholm, Sweden, the United Nations has identified the need for common principles to offer inspiration and guidance for preserving and enhancing the environment, the World Environmental Education Day is marked annually.
The aim of commemorating this date is to identify environmental problems at all levels and to raise awareness among the population and governments about the needs to preserve and protect the environment. Most importantly, to promote a harmonious relationship between the natural and human activities through localised education. Knowing well enough that Environmental Education (EE) remains a dynamic and participatory process that seeks to awaken in people an awareness that allows the environmental problems identified with both general (global) and specific level (location-specific).
In this regard, My Environment, My Wealth, a Port Harcourt-based environmental advocacy group adopted a three-phased Environmental Education Plan, particularly to raise awareness about the increased presence of black soot in Rivers state, while addressing other environmental threats.
Through her first phase, Environmental Leadership Program; “My Environment, My Wealth” organises environmental training to equip her team as well as other environmental enthusiasts to be relevant in the environmental education process. The second one of the group three phases is the Educational Visits Program.
This is focused on engaging societal groups (School/Communities/Organisations) both public and private. Lastly, the Environmental Communication Program provides an environmental reorientation for visitors within various communities where “My Environment, My Wealth” operates. This is achieved using new strategies that interpret the environmental content and activities going on in different habitats across Nigeria.
As the group advances her mission through her current media advocacy programs with the aim of expanding, the team lead, Wonne Afronelly, made donations of some specific plants to combat local environmental threats in the few affected communities.