Expert, others caution against indiscriminate abuse of environment

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An environmentalist, Mr. Desmond Majekodumi, has cautioned against the indiscriminate abuse of the human environment, saying nature has a way of fighting back.

Majekodumi, who is the Chairman of Lekki State Urban Forest and Animal Shelter Initiative and Nature Park, spoke on Friday during the EkoClimathon 1.0 organised by the Eko Innovation Centre.

Majekodumi challenged young innovators to evolve ways to work in harmony with nature in the environment and not to ‘fight’ it as currently done in some areas.

He posited that human beings must learn to save planet earth and not destroy it.

The environmentalist who was one of the key speakers at the one day event which is preparatory to a hackathon that would hold soon on climate change, elaborated more on the need to be in harmony with nature in the nvironment using the Eko Atlantic project as an example.

He noted that technology was deployed to sand fill the old Bar Beach in other to create land for the Eko Atlantic project, but wondered if people ever asked question as to where the sand came from. “The sands were taken from a lot of places and in some cases from places that could impact negatively on the environment.”

The expert cautioned against the indiscriminate deployment of technology in our environment which he described as ‘life support’ without a careful Environmental Impact Assessment that could be supervised by a Board made up of stakeholders Eko Innovation Centre, Non Governmental Organisations, Nigeria Conservation Foundation and others.

The Founder of Eko Innovation Centre and Curator of EkoClimathon I.0, Mr. Victor Afolabi said, “we are using technology through hackathon to contribute in solving the impact of climate change.”

He added that the initiatives coming out from EIC largely show that “we are the biggest promoters of Civil-tec and this is our Fourth Hackathon whereby we consider climate change as one of the major areas Civil-tec can bring about changes and transformation.”


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