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Nigeria Climate Action and the Youth Population

Nigeria has a total land area of 983,213 km occupied by about 200 million people. The interaction of these millions of people with their environment has left an indelible mark on the landscape. Urbanization, deforestation, desertification, overpopulation and all kinds of pollution are some of the resultant effects of a human's interaction with his /her environment. These changes occur as the people attempt to acquire their seemingly endless desire for food, shelter, recreation and infrastructural facilities. The hunger and desire for food have overridden every sense of responsibility and care for the source of food (the environment). Environmental degradation is increasing at an alarming rate, and the poorest people in our world are mostly affected. Increased human consumption and demand are fuelling environmental degradation, putting pressure on the world’s scarce natural resources.
Climate change is one of the most problematic and most terrifying issues that the earth is facing right now, hence the need to understand the severity of the situation and try to make it all better.

Most of Nigerian’s population fall between 0-14 years representing 42.54%). This demographic group are not just the future leaders but also the population with the highest tendency of being affected by the terrible effects of climate change. It is amazing to note that this population of persons are the least engaged in the issues of climate (change) action in Nigeria. The subject of climate change is not often discussed in most youth circles and platforms due to poor awareness amongst the age group, this is particularly true as most educational levels do not have themes or topics related to climate change. A student can go through primary to tertiary institutions without any formal education about climate change or its effect except for students whose courses directly deal with the subject. .
The most popular activity when climate action is mentioned is tree planting, unfortunately, most young people do not even understand the reason and need for tree planting or its contribution to climate change mitigation. The main sectors of Nigeria Intended Nationally Determined Contributions is focused on Agriculture, Forest, Energy, Industry and Commerce, Sadly though, these sectors in Nigeria are still based on the traditional path of fossil fuels and activities that increase the risk of climate change. The Youths population are the drivers of the afore-mentioned sectors and contribute more to the problems of climate change through their activities.
Youths globally are known for their strength, creativity and innovations which is capable of changing the narrative of any given society. This is key to any reasonable sustainable climate action mitigation, particularly in Nigeria. Youth inclusiveness will bring about tangible contributions to sustainable climate action in Nigeria; They can deploy their strength, creativity and innovation to create alternative pathways to the existing system that threatens our very existence.
Climate change does not recognise who you are, where you come from or what you have to do to make a living: climate change is out to destroy all men. Hence, the importance of the youth movement in dealing with the issue. Youths need more information, to build more knowledge, to learn what is causing climate change and how youths can adapt. High schools, universities, polytechnics and colleges have a big role to play, climate change must be embedded into curriculums so that students can learn more about its causes and effects. Media, influencers and relevant government agencies also play a key role in educating the youth population on climate change.

Young people are Nigeria’s future; – if they understand more about climate change and its effect on the nation's health, environment and economy, it will motivate them to join their young peers across the world to own the issue and act.
The Youth Climate Movements have become the most reasonable way to have sustainable climate action in Nigeria and Africa. Youths must arise and join the global movements in tackling climate change problems.

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RoW church leaders conference

Our desire for organizing this conference is to see that church leaders understand the importance of relationships restored with God, with each other and balance with creation restored. To see Christians united across Nigeria in action as part of a movement for change that gets to the heart of the problem of poverty and shifts the balance of power, so that the poorest and most vulnerable people are treated with justice and love.
The event started 9:30 am on Thursday 19th March 2020 with the arrival of participants, registration and breakfast. The session opened officially by 10 am with an opening prayer, welcoming of visitors and introduction.
The session started with after welcome address by the Country Director of Tearfund was Contextual Analysis of Nigeria by Ben Osawe, he gave a good background to the issues that will be discussed subsequently in the meeting. It was followed by a group discussion asking the question what is the situation of your environment?. With three groups formed from the participants, leaders and secretaries were selected, the discussions helped the participants to discuss factors of environmental problems and to envision a new environment.

The next session was taken by Dr Stephen Daniyam discussing the topic of the Church as light in the 21st century. This session focused on the Biblical concept of the Church as Light and the historical narratives impacts made by the church in a contemporary world. Many Church leaders were inspired to holistic development or mission as seen commanded by Jesus.
The Next Session was taken by Prof. Danny McCain discussing the topic: Church as salt in the context of a broken Environment. This session was an eye-opener for many church leaders bringing the deep theological discussion on the environment to bear and laid the 3 principles of Preservation, Conservation and Restoration of the environment and indeed all God’s creation. The session was inspiring and challenging for participants, questions were asked and several discussions on action followed.

This great event has birth a movement of church leaders who are now committed to solving environmental issues. This group has met monthly to discuss group engagements and have trees planted at every meeting. So far, over 200 trees have been planted in till Jan 2021, this is particularly exciting as it promotes actions that are able to proffer immediate and simple solutions to environmental problems.

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Global 24/7 Prayer Event

Join in a global, united, wave of prayer to renew our world and ignite hearts for justice.

Join us: global online, and in person at the Evangelisch-Freikirchliche Gemeinde Bonn (Baptisten), Mittelstraße 39, 53175 Bonn


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Pray with us in Bonn!

From 11 to 17 November, we are setting up a prayer room in a local church in Bonn, not far from where the climate talks take place. Please sign up here. When you find a prayer slot that says “Prayer Room Bonn”, you know that the prayer room will be open. Add your name there and put “/ Bonn” to your name as well. Please note that the prayer sheet is in Central European Time zone (GMT+1). On 17 November, the prayer room closes at 5pm.

Venue: Evangelisch-Freikirchliche Gemeinde Bonn (Baptisten), Mittelstraße 39, 53175 Bonn
Bus Stop (Line 610): Danziger Straße/Deutsches Museum


Bete mit uns vor Ort in Bonn!

Vom 11. bis 17. November werden wir in einer Bonn Gemeinde unweit des Konferenzgeländes einen Gebetsraum einrichten.  Hier kannst du dich für eine oder mehrere Gebetszeit(en) eintragen. Während der Gebetszeiten, bei denen “Prayer Room Bonn” eingetragen ist, ist der Gebetsraum geöffnet. Wenn du deinen Namen einträgst, bitte noch “/ Bonn” hinzufügen.  Beachte, dass die Übersicht der Gebetszeiten in Mitteleuropäischen Zeit (GMT+1) folgt. Am 17. November schließt der Gebetsraum um 17:00 Uhr (MEZ).

Ort: Evangelisch-Freikirchliche Gemeinde Bonn (Baptisten), Mittelstraße 39, 53175 Bonn
Bus-Haltestelle (Linie 610): Danziger Straße/Deutsches Museum




Prayer is powerful.

“The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective. Elijah was a human being, even as we are. He prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the land for three and a half years. Again he prayed, and the heavens gave rain, and the earth produced its crops.” – James 5:16-18

Our 24-7 prayer vigil is a physical and virtual space to inspire constant prayer, around the clock and around the world.

Together, we will pray continuously by each taking hour-long slots throughout the UN climate talks in November, creating a chain of unbroken prayer. Will you join us?

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It only takes 24 people to pray non-stop for a whole day!

“For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.” – Matthew 18:20

Prayer is action.

When we pray, we speak to a mighty and powerful God, the creator of the universe! When we pray, we are part of God’s transforming work of creation and renewal.

As we pray and petition about current issues, injustices and suffering; we must also remember to give thanks and praise for the beauty of the world we live in, and give thanks for the precious earth that God has created.

Through our prayers and actions, we transform hearts and minds to care about justice. In prayer and action, we shine a light to show our world and our governments how great is our love for God, creation and our poorest neighbours.

“I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people – for kings and all those in authority…” – 1 Timothy 2:1-7

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We’re excited to partner with the international 24/7 Prayer Movement on this global event.

Climate change can be a daunting issue. But there is hope. Together, with God’s help, we can move our world towards sustainable solutions, clean energy, and environmental renewal.

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” – Philippians 4:6

Here’s some ideas to help you pray.

7 Creative Ways to Pray for an Hour:

  1. News prayers — Pray for recent climate issues in the news — you could look at the Guardian, BBC, Economist, etc.
  2. Tweet prayer messages with the hashtag #RenewOurWorld — and we might re-share them!
  3. Read, memorise and rewrite some Bible passages in your own words — such as Psalm 24, Romans 8:18-27, 1 Timothy 2:1-7, Romans 12:2, etc.
  4. Circular Prayers — sit in a circle with a small group and take turns praying out loud — this simple method is a great way be encouraged and inspired by the prayers of others.
  5. Prayer Walk — go on a prayer walk! Be inspired to pray for peace, justice and sustainability as you walk past green trees, neighbours’ homes, power lines, water sources, church buildings, government offices, international cuisine restaurants, town hall, etc.
  6. Compose a prayer psalm in written prose or poetry — and send it to us to share on a blog post!
  7. Make creative prayer stations with your church or home group — here are some ideas:

8 Creative Prayer Stations:

  1. Rising Temperatures: Simulate a hot dry desert, with lighting, heating, and dried withered plants. As people sit in the ‘desert’, prompt them to reflect on the earth’s rising temperatures and pray for people suffering heatwaves, drought, crop failure and famine. Include some facts and prayer points.
  2. Global Impacts and Inequality: On a map, use one colour to shade in the countries which are the most vulnerable to climate change, and a different colour to shade in the countries which generate the most carbon emissions per person. Encourage people to reflect on their country and then write prayers on sticky notes on the map. Did you know that the consumption of one average American generates as much carbon pollution as six Brazilians; 16 Zimbabweans; and 160 Ethiopians?
  3. Water is life: Put a green plant in a big pot of soil, and a pile of flat wooden lolly sticks beside the pot. Explain how the plant needs to get the right amount of water – too much and it drowns, too little and it dries out. Encourage people to first give thanks for creation – for water, earth and life – and think about how variations in rainfall lead to droughts, floods and crop failure. Invite people to write prayers on the sticks and plant them into the pot.
  4. Suitcase Prayers: Use a suitcase to represent anyone in your country, or globally, who is displaced because of the changing climate. Encourage people to write their prayers for these communities on luggage tags, or to draw around their feet as a way of standing in solidarity with those who have to walk to find safety.
  5. Paper People: Using paper and scissors, make a chain of paper people. Add facts about people in the world affected by climate change (see resources below). People can write prayers on the paper people and to take them away as a reminder that we’re all connected, and to continue to pray for our global neighbours.
  6. Accidental damage: Provide some symbols of fossil fuels such as a piece of coal, toy plane, electric plug, or toy cars. Encourage people to hold and reflect on how using these objects has accidentally damaged the balance of creation. Pray to seek God’s forgiveness, grace and wisdom to live in a more conscious way, and pray for the courage to challenge those with the most power and responsibility to do the same.
  7. Pray for Leaders: Cut out paper crowns as symbols of leadership. As you decorate – and even wear – the paper crowns, pray for those in a position of leadership and influence to have wisdom and use their power for good. You could post some pictures and names of political leaders to pray for.
  8. Praying for God’s light in the world: Pray for God’s light to transform the world by lighting candles – or electric tealights – as a way of bringing in God’s kingdom of light, including to us.

Thank you for joining this movement.

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world” – Margaret Mead

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