Climate Story Highlight: Gideon

My name is Gideon Oluwaseun, born and bred in the South Western region of Nigeria. Having graduated with a Degree in Biochemistry, many people wondered why I turned out as a Climate Action Advocate, but I kept reflecting on the different detrimental effects of changes in climatic conditions that i noticed which sprang me into actions.

These adverse climatic conditions has produced negative impacts on the welfare of millions of people in my country. Persistent droughts and flooding, off season rains and dry spells have sent growing seasons out of orbit, on a country dependent on a rain fed agriculture. I grew up in a locality where we wash ourselves periodically under rainfall but overtime, Alarm bells sounded the drought trend, drying up of lakes and reduction in river flow in the arid and semi arid region resulting in fewer water supplies for use in agriculture, hydro-power generation and other users which affected the yield and productivity of agricultural produce.

On the other hand, Nigeria's predominant source of energy is non-renewable and this represents one of the major concern about Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation. Evidence is shown in overdependence on petrol in fuelling cars and generators, Liquefied Natural Gas in cooking and powering plants even though, adoption of solar power generation for powering street lights and boreholes has started gaining momentum to a greater advantage.

The implementation of Policies to curb climate change by reducing the consumption of fossil fuels such as oil, gas or carbon has experienced counteractions due to its significant economical impacts on the producers(the government) or rather the suppliers of these fuels. Nigeria is the eighth largest oil supplier in the world and the ninth largest deposits of gas,our economy is sensitive to this as it would be massively affected by a sustainable reduction in fossil energy consumption. Nevertheless, its time for a legally binding agreement on Climate Change and the revolution should and would include Nigeria.

My Passion for Climate Action can be built around the fact that an average Nigerian do not indepthly understand Climate Change despite its existing impacts on our day-to-day activities and how we have being contributing via different processes such as deforestation, environmental pollution and wasteful utilization of renewable resources. Raising awareness on the issues surrounding climate change can make a significant difference particularly household and communal measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions which is essential to slowing the rate of climate change. With this, i saw the dire need to inform and sensitize Nigerians, particularly youth and women who are most vulnerable.

We are all responsive and responsible for the changes in climatic conditions. Active collaborations and actions at the grassroots will definitely be a key in fighting this menace. It is our various individual actions that will safe our planet and make the environment more sustainable. Personally, i have been taking steps to advocate for Actions against Climate Change through Sensitization Workshops and strategic online campaigns via my social media networks like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. I join the Care About Climate Movement in The United States as a Volunteer to help actualize their organizational aspirations through Educational Presentations on Climate Change in Nigeria. I have the Understanding that if humans will survive on Planet Earth, Sustainability must be achieved and it starts with our Victory over Climate Change.

I want to further be part of the global network working hard to ensure that victory and this remains one of the reasons why I will be attending the International Youth Conference on Climate Change in France to play an active role in the global dialogue that seek to find workable solutions to halt Climate Change.

My zeal for Environmental causes such as Waste Management, Renewable/Clean Energy and Recycling has influenced my future career and as such, i will be pursuing a Masters Degree in Environmental Sustainability (Climate Change and International Development) at the University of East Anglia, UK in the next two years.

UCLA Students Raise the Climate Sign to Unite Campus for Carbon Neutrality!

UCLA students raise the climate sign to unite their campus for carbon neutrality! As all of the University of California campuses compete to lower their campus carbon footprints in the Cool Campus Challenge, UCLA has risen ahead of eight other campuses. Carbon Neutrality Fellow, Austin Park, says that the climate sign has, “…proven to be an awesome way to generate interest.” Using climate sign photo booths and stickers, he and other student leaders have encouraged their peers to unite for climate action and take steps to reduce their carbon footprints. The climate sign means “d” in American Sign Language, which stands for “decarbonize.” Students across UCLA have spread the message that together, their campus can completely decarbonize by year 2025.

Rhea Suh & Keya Chatterjee Raise the Climate Sign to Celebrate Keystone XL Win

Congratulations to Rhea Suh, President of the NRDC (Natural Resources Defense Council); Keya Chatterjee, Executive Director of the US Climate Action Network (USCAN), and the whole environmental sector for the success on defeating Keystone XL! Rhea and Keya raised the climate sign in solidarity and celebration this weekend, launching us in strength towards COP21 in Paris. Join Rhea and Keya in unity for climate action by sharing your climate sign photos with the hashtag ‪#‎climatesign‬!

Bill McKibben, Co-founder of 350.org, Flashes the Climate Sign

Thank you Bill McKibben for raising the climate sign to unite for climate action! Bill McKibben is the co-founder of 350.org and a leader in today’s climate movement. Mr. McKibben raises the climate sign alongside thousands of people worldwide to send a powerful message to world leaders at the UN climate conference (UNFCCC) this December: Climate change is a global issue, and together we can find global solutions.

Join the movement today by sharing your climate sign selfie with the hashtag ‪#‎ClimateSign‬!

Animal Legal Defense Fund Raises the Climate Sign for Animals

The Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) declares, "People everywhere are raising the climate sign to share unity and positivity for climate action. As animal agriculture hurts farm animals and destroys habitats of wild species, protecting our environment means protecting animals. Join ALDF and the Center for Biological Diversity in their commitment to climate action by sharing this post!"

Read ALDF's full blog about the climate sign here, and share it with an animal lover you know! 

Indigenous Ecuadorians Partner with Amazon Watch to Stop Oil Extraction

The U'wa people of the Amazon assert that there has been a "profound shift in the interconnectedness of our ecosystem necessary for sustaining life on earth." Amazon Watch has partnered with indigenous peoples of the Ecuadorian Amazon to call on world leaders during COP21 to keep Amazonian oil in the ground. What will the rest of us do to support the actions of indigenous people for the benefit of all of humanity? #‎Amazon #‎climatesign #‎COP21 #‎worktogether http://amazonwatch.org/news/2015/0929-keep-it-in-the-ground

Latino Outdoors Promotes Conservation During National Hispanic Heritage Month

In honor of National Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15- October 15) Latino Outdoors is celebrating with their friends at Recreation.gov! Visit this page to hear about exciting stories and conversations on conservation. #‎stories #‎climatesign #‎conservation #‎NationalHispanicHeritageMonth

Conscious Elders Network; Flash Mob for Climate Action!

The Conscious Elders Network brought together grandparents for Climate Action Day. To get inspired for the day, they performed a flash mob at union station and they met with Senate and Congressional staff about climate issues. Thank you Conscious Elders Network! #‎flashmob #‎climatechange #‎climatesign #‎empowerment https://www.youtube.com/watch?t=111&v=UU_AtEWcOC4

System Change Not Climate Change; the Ecosocialist Coalition Promotes Energy Democracy

System Change Not Climate Change; the Ecosocialist Coalition believes that "through the establishment of popular community energy committees at the local, regional and national levels, we can democratically and collectively decide on questions concerning our energy production, distribution, and consumption." With locally established energy systems, we will not longer be beholden to the profit-driven interests of the gas/oil companies. #‎systemchangenotclimatechange #‎climatesign #‎climateaction