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FAMILIES AND CLIMATE CHANGE

 

My Family

My family,

God’s first gift to me

God’s plan for the future

God’s strategy for posterity

My family,

Sometimes it feels as though I got it all wrong

But this is one part of life I didn’t get to choose, but still have to make a choice

To bloom the bond and cherish the love there in or walk away

My family,

Through the shakings and storms,

We’ve been built to last, to overcome all that’s thrown at us

Because our hope is fixed on the rock, that never fails

I know I am safe & sound

Because I have a family

I know I can win the race

Because I have a family

I know I am not alone

Because I have a family

As a #SocialImpactAdvocate anything that doesn’t contribute to the growth of a people, community or nation or seek to impact lives is a threat and should be curbed/stopped and worked upon. So let’s talk #ClimateChangeAnd Families

God started creation by bringing a family and Family is part of God’s amazing plan of redemption which is why he made an Eve for Adam and blessed them to be fruitful & multiply. Biological, spiritually or proteges, families can be built. It just takes willingness, commitment and togetherness in love to make it happen. Family is the basic unit of a society which is why God wants us to build Godly homes for posterity sake.

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This is a change in global climate patterns due to increased levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide produced by the burning of fossil fuels. Climate changes include sea level rise, mountain glaciers worldwide, shifts in flower/plant blooming, harsh/extreme weather conditions… It’s been said that human activities like emissions of greenhouse gases cause climate change. United Nations is particularly concerned and has provided through the International Day of Families an opportunity to promote awareness of issues relating to families and to increase knowledge of the social, economic and demographic processes affecting them. This year’s IDF‘s theme is “Families and Climate Action: Focus on SDG 13″ which targets:

  • SDG 13 target 13.3: Improving education, awareness-raising and human and institutional capacity on climate change mitigation, adaptation, impact reduction and early warning
  • SDG 13 target 13.2: integrating climate change measures into national policies, strategies and planning

Why this theme? I feel it’s because families need to take action on this owning to the fact that it’s starts in the home, from using nylons just once & throwing it away, going to the market without shopping bags, leaving the light bulbs on, etc; these & many more unseemly little actions contribute to climate change.

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When sea level rises & temperatures begin to rise the home feels it! There’ll be a rise in air pollution leading to sicknesses. Allergies, water-borne diseases, decrease in food supplies, forced migration, etc will occur… What about the farmlands? This isn’t an “abroad” issue it’s a global one we need to solve. How can we ensure our families prevent climate change from increasing? How can we solve #climatechange issues?

  • By Reducing the Emission of Greenhouse Gases. Greenhouse gases are gases that have the property of absorbing infrared radiation (net heat energy) emitted from Earth’s surface and radiating it back to Earth’s surface.. They can be reduced by changing the 60-watt yellow bulbs to compact florescent light (CFL) bulbs, by using energy saving products, by saving electricity and switching off electrical appliances when not in use, by planting a tree or cultivating a garden.

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  • Sensitization and Awareness. Let’s start by talking about Climate Change with our family members. Let’s get to know more. Let’s discuss it at home, in doing things, people will become more aware and seek for sustainable ways to avoid it.
  • Let’s start practicing it by taking preventive measures. Let’s start the habit of Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. Reduce the amount of energy/heat emission equipment you use. Switch to energy saving products (lights, appliances, etc). When you iron, how do you do it? Do you leave it on and start pressing your phone? When you boil water, how do you do it. Do you boil water for tea, and then in the next few minutes boil another for bathing? Why not boil at once, save it in a flask/cooler or immediate use it.

Penn StateReuse – Learn to carry a water bottle with you, learn to take that same nylon Mama bilikisu used to put roasted corn for you, to use things for a while before disposal. Recycle – Make things work for you again. You’re tired of using your bed sheet? Turn it to kitchen cloth/towel. You want to change your old tyres, why not? Instead of discarding them, convert them as tools for recreation or home gardening spot. Those plastic bottles can be used for beautification purposes and decoration, these plastics are non-degrading & contribute to climate change.epa-clean-power-plan-figure-4

  • By Reducing household wastage.
  • By buying eco-friendly products.

There are lots of resources you can use to educate yourself and your family to ensure that climate change is managed. What areas of interests are important to your family? What are your family goals, values and culture? What strategy are put in place in your home to contribute to the SDGs? Does your family even know about the SDGs and how they can get involved? Do you have an impact plan in your family?

Building your family sustainable for the future helps shapes the future and increases a more focused generation. Wherever you are, your family is an important aspect of your life, make it work because the world needs families to thrive! Families are part of God’s agenda for posterity and redemption. Let’s join efforts to sustain & conserve the earth.

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Chukukere Amarachi is an Artistic Nigerian Social Impact Advocate, Blogger, Communications & Media Enthusiast, Aspiring Social Entrepreneur and Trainer who promotes and believes in sustainable livelihoods for all. She seeks to inspires a global audience with her voice, business, community development projects and advocacy messages. Her Goal Building an enabling environment for great potentials to thrive. She can be really goofy and playful, is attracted to exotic dishes and locations and wouldn't mind owning a private jet, oh yeah! She's a strong believer and follower of Jesus Christ. For her people who cook, create, explore and travel have a spot in my heart ♥

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