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SAVE OUR ENVIRONMENT AND WORLD WILL BE SAFE

Have you ever thought how you could help to keep your environment safe, now that world leaders are failing in their promises?

There are many ways you can help to sustain your environment. Helpful information is available on the web, in your libraries, and in countless books. Do you know that as much as we are consumers and trash makers we all are also very wasteful?.  We have to have the newest this or the newest that as soon as it comes out on the market which in turn calculates to a lot of trash. This age of new technology is caused greatly in respect to the technological advances we are making, but the drawback is, when the newest cell phone or computer comes out we have to have it but what do we do with the old stuff? Where does it go? These advancements are also depleting vital resources from countries around the world.But before we divulge critical informations why don’t we see how climate change is advancing inexorably, the effects, we can no longer ignore. The number of starving people in the world is also rising as a result of climate change. 

 How does climate change affect the nutritional situation and security for people in developing countries?

The consequences of climate change can already be felt everywhere, above all in developing countries. If precipitation volumes and periods change, if temperature and CO2 concentrations in the air, soil and water change, this has a direct effect on agricultural productivity and on the quality of the products. In addition, as a result of climate change there is an increase in the number and strength of extreme weather events such as storms and floods. They have fatal impacts on food production. A large part of the global population fears for its livelihood – agriculture. 80 per cent of people in developing countries depend on it. After IIMGC’s mapping and explorations in Gombe State Nigeria, IIMGC sees it fit to include biodiversity and human wild life conflict research into it’s policies and as well as promote green environment practices in the grassroots.

How does heaping waste products or equipments damaging to our environment?

Electrical and Electronic Equipment (EEE) become technologically obsolete in a matter of months as a result of continuous development of new models. Most of the obsolete equipment find their way into developing countries who are hungry for information technology access. At the end of life, they eventually find their way into landfills as Electronic Waste (E-Waste or Waste EEE) which poses health and environmental hazards to humans, livestock and ecology if not properly managed. Let’s reviews the issues relating to E-Waste and identifies the sources of E-Waste as well as their components and the dangers in them. You will find alternative initiatives and means of managing E-Waste both nationally and internationally are discussed. Recommendations are made on appropriate treatment of E-Waste in order to make the environment safe for all.
Electrical and Electronics Equipment (EEE) have generally made life easy and convenient because of their efficiency and time saving in application. Communication systems, as they are today, would not have been achievable without electronics technology. Entertainment industry (music, radio, television, cameras, etc.) would have remained crude if not for continuing development in electronic technology. Household equipment, now making use of electricity and electronics, are making domestic chores
(washing, cleaning, cooling, heating, etc.) continuously easier and more convenient. Electrical and electronics equipment, particularly electronic devices, become technologically obsolete in a matter of months or years as a result of poor maintenance , lack of parts when the electronic gadgets /machine breaks down as well as continuous development of new models.
Rapid technological growth leads to high rate of production of electronics equipment. Some 20 to 50 million metric tonnes of E-Waste are generated worldwide every year [1]. In the United States alone, 14 to 20 million personal computers are thrown out each year, with an annual increase of 3-5%. However, only some 13-18% are recycled. In the end, the disused equipment find their way into various directions, some ending up in landfills where they pose environmental and health hazards to humans, livestock and the soil. Some of these are incinerated, leading to environmental pollution from the fumes. The ‘surviving’ ones find their way into poor developing countries where, possibly out of ignorance, the equipment are carelessly handled, hence posing a serious threat to human health, soil, livestock and drinking water. Electronic equipment that has reached their end of life becomes Waste of Electrical and Electronic Equipment (Waste-EEE), or simply Electronic Waste (E-Waste).

What about waste products such that the Oil & Gas companies often produces in large quantities.

Ever heard about the  Ogoni peaople in Nigeria?. The Ogoni people are indigenous people in Rivers State in the south-south region of Nigeria, numbering about 830,000 in population and covering a landmass of about 1,000 square km. They are predominantly fishers and farmers. Administratively, Ogoni land has four local government areas (LGAs): Eleme, Gokana, Khana, and Tai. Ogoni land sits on large deposits of crude oil and natural gas; crude oil was discovered in the area in 1958. The Ogoni have been adversely affected by the impact of oil spills caused by long-term oil exploration and production activities, which have resulted in very high unemployment and hardship due to the destruction of the natural resource and biodiversity in the area.

Due to a combination of abject poverty, poor maintenance, corrosion, faulty equipment, failed clean-up attempts, ‘bunkering’ (i.e. large-scale illegal tapping of oil from pipelines) and so-called ‘artisanal refining’ (i.e. small-scale, illegal refining of oil), oil pollution has been widespread and has turned the Niger Delta into “one of the world’s most severely petroleum-impacted ecosystems” with no clean water or adequate source of income, its a sad situation. Like other communities in the Niger Delta, the Ogoni have lived with chronic oil pollution for decades, a statement made by the Founder / CEO & MD of Phoenix, a well-learned Professional Engineer (P. E.) in the area of Environmental & Water Resources Engineering (EWRE), who was a Senior On-Scene Coordinator (OSC) & Emergency Responder for the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) in the SuperFund Programme, serving as the Vice-Chairman of all the OSCs across the USA and was the youngest recipient of the USEPA’s bronze medal of distinction for delisting NPL sites using removal authority, for utilizing diverse Alternative Remedial Technologies (In-Situ Bioaugmentation, Ex-Situ Bioremediation, High Temp Incineration & In-Direct Fired Low Temp Thermal Desorption Units, capable of Recovering Vast Volumes of Lost Oil Resources to Off-Set Costs of Cleanup). 

According to him, The people of Ogoniland deserve better, and it is their right to have clean potable water and safe environs in which to thrive, the effects of the pollution is at an alarming rate,  I fear for the future generations. IIMGC is now in partnership with PHOENIX ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES NIGERIA, LTD on environmental projects as well as help provide clean portable water, and revive the mangroves for the Ogoni communities.

ARE WE LIKELY TO SURVIVE IF OUR EARTH DIES?

Of course not, all will perish. Never before have we had so many technological advances in such a short period of time. If you look back to prior generations who had cell phones, mp3 players and such? All these advancements are causing major problems for us in regards to our environmental impact. Now more than ever we need to be concerned with consumption and waste. Remember little things add up to big improvements, or disastrous problems when thinking on a global scale. If millions of people changed just one or two habits in their life we could make a huge difference.

It is said that we are killing our earth with all the chemicals and trash we are filling it with. There is a point that is not taken very often. The earth is a huge sphere hanging in space, powerful and majestic. Our own deaths from global warming and the negative environmental impacts we have created will almost certainly come first.

WORRY NOT THERE IS HOPE, IF WE CAN CHANGE OUR HABITS, BUT CHANGE BEGINS WITH YOU

First thing first:

1. Turn off the water when your are brushing saves 10 quarts of water a time 500,000 quarts in a lifetime

2. Install low flow water faucets saves up to 50 percent water usage, if you must use high flow water faucets while you scrub turn off and only turn it on when you are ready to wash off the soap.

3. Take the bus, ride your bike or carpool at least once a week.

4. Plant a tree or join us  to plant trees, trees provides more shade to cool the earth and help clean our air.

5. Plant flowers for the bees, they help the nature

6. Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle. Do this and follow that order. Reduce your consumption there is less to reuse and recycle!

7. Don’t use plastic grocery store bags, bring your own.

With a mission to broaden and diversify the environmental IIMGC acts as a vehicle to build a healthy, sustainable environment, address climate change, and protect the Earth for future generations. In the grassroots, we actively engage in eco-conscious initiatives and are passionate about helping out local communities to be more socially conscious of their environmental impact.

CONCLUSION

  1. Use energy saving products

One of the largest impacts on our environment is energy consumption – with workplaces consuming large amounts of resources to operate buildings including lighting, workstations, kitchen appliances and office equipment. As an eco-conscious workplace standard we encourage employees to conserve computer energy by switching to sleep mode when possible and shutting the device down at the end of each day.

  1. Provide eco-conscious products

Across your workplace, there are many products that can be swapped for eco-friendly, recyclable varieties. For instance, eco-conscious kitchen essentials such as tea and coffee products, paper towels and cups can be supplied as well as cleaning products and eco-stationery products.

  1. Participate in recycling programs

Most workplaces require printing services which is commonly produced by printers with ink toner cartridges. By engaging in a recycling program.

   4. Keep your workstation clean

In addition to maintaining cleanliness to avoid the spread of germs in the workplace, it’s important to monitor workstation appliances for dust and build-up that can occur in the filters which can results in running less efficiently. As a sustainable best practice we recommend employees maintain a clean workstation and any other facilities that are utilised through-out the workplace.

Show your organisations commitment to sustaining the environment.

Contact us if you have a recycling project for business investment partnership 

 

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