Biodiversity Conservation: “Bridge That Gap” to Establish Conservation Clubs in Schools

By Alex Uangbaoje, Kaduna

As part of efforts to create better understanding about biodiversity in Nigeria, particularly in Kaduna State, an Environmental Non Governmental Organization NGO, Bridge That Gap, is set to establish conservation clubs in schools.

The Clubs according to the Executive Director of the organization, Ms Gloria Bulus, is aimed at creating more awareness and build capacity for biodiversity conservation among students and the school environment.

Gloria, said apart from the clubs, the organization is also embarking on continuous campaigns on environmental/biodiversity protection, influence establishment of policies and laws on environmental protection especially biodiversity conservation, hunting, forest degradation, deforestation and natural resource conservation.

And also to embark on tree planting exercises in Kaduna state University, other tertiary institutions and across the entire state.

She unveiled the plans at a roundtable meeting with journalists in Kaduna, on Tuesday as part of the organization’s pre-Earth Day 2019 celebration.

According to her, “Earth Day celebration 2019 with the theme “Protect Our Species” is a day to celebrate Earth’s unique species. Nature’s gifts to our planet are the millions of species that we know and love, and many more that remain to be discovered.

“Unfortunately, human beings have irrevocably upset the balance of nature and, as a result, the world is facing the greatest rate of extinction since we lost the dinosaurs more than 60 million years ago. But unlike the fate of the dinosaurs, the rapid extinction of species in our world today is the result of human activity.

“This year’s #EarthDay2019 event on “Protect Our Species” seeks to create better understanding on biodiversity conservation and human activities that affects species with the aim to enhance species protection and to promote the restoration of a spectrum of degraded ecosystems to stem the loss of biodiversity.”

She explained that her organization’s programme for biodiversity conservation has a theory of change which is met to change the perception on practices that can lead to species extinct or contribute to it, so as to build a culture for biodiversity protection.

The objective is to educate and raise awareness about the accelerating rate of extinction of millions of species and the causes and consequences of this phenomenon.

“Achieve major policy victories that protect broad groups of species as well as individual species and their habitats. Build and activate a global movement that embraces nature and its values and to encourage individual actions such as adopting plant based diet and stopping pesticide and herbicide use.” She added.

Her expectation is that the campaign would help in understanding animal protection rights, laws and policy that addresses protection of species.

“Understanding the impacts of climate change on species extinction, better understanding on animal and plants protection. Improve citizens participation, academia and other stakeholders in biodiversity conservation.

“Strengthening of laws on specie protection’ Knowledge of species that have gone into extinction and those in likely danger of going into extinction. To gain more knowledge on hotspot for factors such as: drought, deforestation, desertification and migration pattern for some species that contributes to extinction.” Gloria said.

She also said social media campaigns and press release will be provided to spur community members to join the campaign to protect the earth and it natural resources.

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