Young Nigerians among top 20 finalist for UN Secretary General’s Climate Summit on SDGs


The Global Youth Video Competition is part of tvebiomovies 2019 and shares inspiring stories of local action around the climate emergency, protecting biodiversity and land restoration. The finalist films will be showcased during the UN Secretary General’s Climate Summit in New York in September 2019 and the overall winner for each category will attend the Climate conference in Chile in December 2019. The GYVC is co-organized by the GEF-UNDP Small Grants Programme, and the secretariats of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, the UN Convention to Combat Desertification and the Convention on Biological Diversity.

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DSF is one of the 20 selected finalists and they represent Nigeria. DSF is an NGO trying to make the world a better place through the increase in awareness of initiatives for better preserving our society and climate.

DSF’s goal is a better society that supports all lives and ecosystem services.

According to a Nwachukwu Nonso, a member of DSF he said: “We face challenges such as loss of biodiversity, deforestation, climate change”. He added that lands used for agriculture are affected by soil degradation so DSF advises less use of pesticides, and promote organic pest control, handpicking and companion planting. He further said Aforestation by planting trees as this improves biodiversity.

Aliyu who has been a farmer for 10 years, said he used pesticides on his farm previously but due to the awareness and enlightenment by DSF and knowledge of the dangers of using pesticide poses he no longer use them.

At a recent visit to Makoko fishing village the largest floating slump in the world, Makoko is home to over fifty-thousand fishermen. DSF educated the fishermen on fishing sustainably by using hooks as opposed to the use of nets and reducing marine pollution.

A fisherman identified as Daddy said, about cleaning, that it happens season by season and that during the rainy season the coastal area use to be very dirty. He added that leaves, nylon bags from gutters flush into the river as a result of rain and erosion from different places thereby making the rivers very dirty and chasing the fishes from their original homes down to other places which reduce the quantity of fishes they catch.

DSF also joined and helped in the cleaning of the Makoko area. They also visited the schools to teach and enlighten them about how to better preserve their environment and the SDGs.

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