Environmental Governance and Awareness Creation
Our global and immediate environment is increasingly undergoing rapid changes which are very detrimental to the well being of human populations and the entire ecosystem. Most of the changes which result into serious land degradation are as a result of mismanagement of land resources, increasing pressure on land for agriculture and urban resources, as well as industrial development. These environmental problems facing the world which are vast, diverse and interconnected include but are not limited to the following, Pollution (Land, Water, Air, and Noise), deforestation, desertification, drought, erosion, overgrazing, bush burning and the burning issue of climate change. These problems continues to threaten the prospect of life on earth because the air we breathe, the water we drink, the soil we farm, the rivers we fish, the forests, animals and plants which surround man are all in danger. This no doubt remains a threat to our ability to achieve a sustainable level of development.
While human activities are implicated as the major cause of environmental problems, human population are unaware of the interconnectedness of these issues and remain victims of the associated negative impacts. It is no wonder, therefore, that the International Conference on Environmental Education in 1981 stressed the need for environmental education at all levels to help arouse social and community consciousness about the environment. It would not be wrong to say that the attitude of the apparently educated and educated populace alike, towards matters of environmental degradation and management is questionable and quite appalling. Due to an alarmingly high level of environmental illiteracy, and low level of awareness and enlightenment on the dangers of environmental misuse and most Nigerians are ignorant of the all too important responsibility of caring for and managing their immediate and broad environment in a sustainable manner. Human activities are carried on with reckless abandon such that the effects on the environment become a threat to biodiversity. To this end, there is a need to teach ecological and environmental ethics to the public and to get them actively involved in protecting the environment. No one ought to be left out of the drive towards environmental sustainability. WISE believes that there is need to improve the understanding among the general public of the nature of the natural and built environment, the relationships between humans and their environment, including the global aspects of the environment through sound environmental education.
Through our environmental education programs, we develop awareness and appreciation of our natural and socio-cultural environment as well as influence public opinion. On the platform of the electronic, print and web media, we also highlight environmental needs, problems and solutions.
Our specific objectives include:
Carry out Community mobilization and sensitization activities
Introduction of environmental clubs in schools and other educational institutions;
Organizing educational competitions on environmental issues including,
but not limited to essays, articles
Dissemination of environmental information through the electronic (radio and TV),
and print (press releases, newspapers, newsletters, posters, handbills, stickers etc)
and new media (website, social networking sites and blogs)
Promote Environmental stewardship
Environmental Career Talks
Project and commemorate all international and local environmental
and support all related Conventions