The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) and the Islamic Society of Nigeria (ISN) have come together to join voices against climate injustice in Nigeria. Both groups have urged the government and other institutions to act immediately to address the Nigerian climate emergency.
This was stated during a walk and forum under “Faith for Climate Justice” convened by Green Faith. The event, which followed prayers and meditation vigils, was peaceful as the group vocalized their demands in front of the office of the Governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu.
The participants sounded the alarm by beating drums, waving hands and praying.
Participants also showed posters with different inscriptions, among them: ‘God created the earth, do not let your greed destroy it’, ‘Pollution is the enemy to a healthy life, embrace recycling for a better society, ‘Faith for Climate justice.’
The founder of LUFASI Park, Mr Desmond Majekodunmi, who spoke at the event said that Nigeria, as a nation, blindly follows other developed nations by harnessing the energy derived from burning fossil fuels and as a result helping to galvanize the atmosphere, which has made climate change an imminent disaster.
He said: “For the love of God, our neighbour, all vulnerable communities around us, we call on the government to solidarity with the global demands for climate finance from wealthy countries to countries from Africa. Exert pressure on the federal government of Nigeria to intensify the cleanup of Ogoniland and stop the gas flaring as stated in the NDC.”
The pastor in Charge of River of Life Parish, Redeemed Christian Church of Church, Pastor Iyiola Olayori, said that no religion or tradition dictates that we must destroy the planet. “Yes, this is exactly what governments, financial institutions and major corporations are either doing or allowing. It’s morally inexcusable.”
Green Faith convener, Muhammed Almoroof also said that grassroots religion would no longer accept vague rhetoric from politicians, financial leaders, industry, or even religious leaders. “We will not stop until our politicians support calls to protect our people and planet. The time for action is now.”
This action was part of a global series of events organized by Green Faith International Network, a multi-religious global alliance of grassroots religious organizations in Africa, America, Asia and Europe. More than 480 actions have been carried out in 43 countries.