CLIMATE CHANGE, ENVIRONMENTAL DEGRADATION AND OUR COMMON FUTURE

Professor Aishetu Abdulkadir

Thursday 19th August 2021

 Globally, climate change and environmental degradation are threats to human livelihood and survival. The ever-changing state of the environment is intensifying drought and flood that are certainly triggering erosions and desertification. This is a major challenge to the attainment of our common future. In Nigeria, the Spatio-temporal trend of hydrometeorological hazard calls for an increase in the understanding of its development and impact. Environmental degradation and extreme weather events are projected to intensify as the environment in which they occur are continuously altered by man. Consequently, there is a need to develop adequate knowledge on the uncertainties that threaten livelihood as a pathway towards building our common future. The primary focus should be the development of proactive and sustainable strategies that will address the challenges, minimize the hazards, and enhance resilience across the country for improved human livelihood, attainment of economic diversification, growth, and food security. The empirical and logical analysis, in addition, to integrated approaches towards visualizing these challenges and monitoring the hydrometeorological variables provide accurate information on the state of the environment, hazard forecasting, mapping and timely hazard early warnings which are versatile tools for reducing vulnerabilities, building resilient livelihood and attainment of our common future.