Nigerian Member launches documentaries on Climate Change.

19 April 2011 | News story

IUCN Member, Nigerian Environmental Study Action Team (NEST), has launched two films, “In the red zone” and “Water runs deep”, telling the story of climate change in Nigeria.

The two films are part of the communications, outreach and networking of the wider project “Building a Nigeria Response to Climate Change”. Launched in March at NEST’s 3rd Media Forum, they aim to raise awareness of decision-makers, the media, the international community and civil society organizations about climate change adaptation, support and timely action on adaptation policy and programmes in Nigeria.

The films show the devastating effect that climate change is having on ordinary people such as farmers, fishermen/women, and pastoralists across the whole of Nigeria. 

“Where you see the sand dunes, this used to be people’s residential houses. They are now covered by sand”, said Hajiya Wasirie, Women’s leader in Toshua, Yobe State, a town suffering from acute wind erosion evidenced by sand dunes at the extreme end of the Sahel zone in Nigeria. “The sand keeps approaching and pushing us further, it never lets up”, she added.

Mr. Emmanuel David Akpan, a member of the Ikot Ibom Itam community, Akwa Ibom State, narrated his ordeal in the film, saying: “My house was here before. The erosion affected us and that is why we shifted. Now the rain has started, and the rainfall is very heavy. I don’t know if this place will still be here after the rains have fallen this year.”

 

In his welcome address at the launch event, Prof. David Okali, Chairman of NEST, urged the media to assume the task of responsibly informing Nigerians on climate change issues and underlined the importance that NEST has given to working with the media since 2001 to communicate climate change issues.

For more details about the films, please contact Samson Samuel Ogallah, Communications, Outreach and Networking, Building a Nigeria Response to Climate Change Project: info@nigeriaclimatechange.org

To view the short versions of the films, log on to www.nigeriaclimatechange.org or click here.