The #FossilFreeFuture campaign is a youth-powered movement, which focuses on educating communities based within regions prone to fossil fuels burning and oil exploration. The aim of the campaign is education. Educating people, especially young people about environmental challenges, which hinder a just transition into a green economy.
The campaign engages with young people using a variety of different methods such as research campaigns, workshops, surveys, and seminars. This approach creates a nexus between green and blue economies, providing them with the adequate knowledge required to form an action-oriented campaign team through the provision of supporting materials such as social media templates, organisational materials, team activities and meeting structures that can effectively mobilize grassroots teams within their communities.
The campaign enables people especially young ones to share their stories on climate change as well as the palpable effects of fossil fuels giving them room to identify the companies responsible. Research has proven that 70% of carbon emissions come from just 100 companies; these companies have a massive influence on government doubling down on fossil fuels rather than transitioning.
#FOSSILFREEFUTURE CAMPAIGN IN ILAJE, NIGER DELTA REGION OF ONDO STATE
The FossilFreeFuture campaign shall be carried out in communities along the coastline of Ilaje Local Government Area, Ondo State, Nigeria which lies within 4.349948o and 5.149688o East of the Greenwich meridian and 5.842676o and 6.682662o North of the Equator. It is a transgressive mud coast extending for about 75 km east of the barrier lagoon ending at Benin river estuary in the North Western part of the Niger Delta coast.
THE PEOPLE OF ILAJE
Ilaje Local Government is occupied by the Ilajes, a Yoruba subgroup in Ondo state, Nigeria. The selected Ilaje communities for the campaign includes Aiyetoro, Alagbon, Awoye, Eruna, Idiogba, Idogun, Kesumeta, Maran, Oloja, Olotu, Orioke Iwamimo, Oroto, Seja Odo, and Yaye. Majority of the population are fish farmers. The traditional political system divides Ilaje into four kingdoms – Mahin, Ugbo, Aheri, and Etikan, each ruled by a king (oba).
CLIMATE OF ILAJE
The mean annual rainfall ranges from 1,500 to 2,000mm (NDRMP, 2004). The area experiences equatorial climate with a long rainy season (April to November) and a short dry season (December to March). Rainfall is conventional and occurs in the form of heavy showers often accompanied by thunder and lightning. Temperatures are high all through the year and range from 28OC to 30OC. Lower air temperatures; however, occur during the rainy season (Ebisemiju, 2016).
The company responsible for the pollution: Chevron (USA). A company, which operates all over the world including three African states, Nigeria, Angola and the Republic of Congo. Under their Corporate Social Responsibility agenda, Chevron state the following: “We strive continually to achieve environmental excellence by assessing potential impacts from our operations on the habitat and ecosystem.”
ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT OF CHEVRON’S ACTIVITIES
Water Bodies Affected by pollution: Sea Water along Ojumale, Ayetoro, Gbagira, Mese, and Abereke.
Type of pollution: Wildfire, Oil Spillage, land debasement, shoreline depletion, and sea incursion.
Types of risk as a result of pollution: Low life expectancy, health hazards, hydrocarbon polluted water, poor air quality, acidic soil pH level, mass loss of aquatic and marine lives.
#FOSSILFREEFUTURE CAMPAIGN DETAILS
Objectives of the campaign:
a. To instill basic knowledge of green economy into the people, especially youth.
b. To identify the companies responsible for fossil fuels burning and emissions.
c. To call the attention of the international organisations to the travails faced by the people affected
d. To teach the people the nexus between green and blue economies by showing the importance of aquatic resources and wetlands.
a. Approximately 1000 young people directly trained about the green economy.
b. A dialogue with the company responsible for emissions on an action for green growth transition.
c. The entire community realize the importance of the blue economy and wetlands conservation.
d. The report presented at the Zero Hour Miami Summit 2019 in July and UNGA in September.
a. Zero Hour Movement
b. International Student Environmental Coalition
c. Ilaje Advancement Forum
d. NET Africa (Natural Environment Technology in Africa).
NET Africa has recommended paralegal training through Namati’s online resources.