An ecologist, Mr Abdullahi Aremu, has urged stakeholders in the environment sector to scale up climate action to achieve the global transformation required to keep global warming below 1.5 degrees Celsius.
Aremu, the Director-General, Advocacy for Environmental and Sanitation Integrity, an NGO, gave the advice in Abuja on Wednesday in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).
He underscored the need to fully decarbonise the power sector by 2040 “if we are to continue to enjoy safe climatic conditions in future.
“Science tells us that climate security requires the global economy to be largely free of carbon pollution by 2050.
“To secure a healthy and sustainable future for our children, there is need to support the urgent global transition to a zero-carbon society, underpinned by a bio-material-based sustainable economy.
“Providing a climate-safe future promises multiple benefits today such as cleaner air, energy security and sustainable jobs, along with smart stewardship of the planet’s resources,’’ he said.
Aremu stressed the need to take carbon out of the power sector by phasing out coal and increasing the use of renewable energy worldwide.
“Besides, there is need to help ramp up decarbonisation strategies in energy-intensive industries and support large-scale land restoration efforts,’’ he said. (NAN)