Environmental News

Deforestation

No matter where we live, forests makes our life possible. When a forest is lost anywhere, people feel it everywhere. We literally can’t live without them.

So why are they vanishing?

Despite their immense value, nearly half of the world’s forests have been lost. What’s worse, we’re cutting them down at greater rates each year to plant crops, graze cattle and generate income from timber and other forest products.

Deforestation accounts for about 11% of global greenhouse gas emissions caused by humans — like the emissions from all the cars and trucks on earth combined. Forests still cover about 30% of the world’s land area. As of 2005, Nigeria has the highest rate of deforestation in the world according to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).

People need forests

That’s where we come in. When we protect an acre of forest, we’ll help create a healthier, more prosperous, more productive planet, for everyone.

Deforestation in simple term means the felling and clearing of forest cover or tree plantations in order to accommodate agricultural, industrial or urban use. It involves permanent end of forest cover to make land available for residential, commercial or industrial purpose.

Forests are cut down for many reasons, but most of them are related to money or to people’s need to provide for their families. The major driver of deforestation is agriculture. Often many small farmers will each clear a few acres to feed their families by cutting down trees and burning. Forests are also cut as a result of growing urban sprawl.

Not all deforestation is deliberate

Some are caused by a combination of human and natural factors like wildfires and subsequent overgrazing, which may prevent the growth of young trees.

Removing trees deprives the forest of portions of its covering, which blocks the sun’s rays during the day and holds in heat at night. This disruption leads to more extreme temperatures swings that can be harmful to plants and animals. Just like we are experiencing today. Trees also play a critical role in absorbing the greenhouse gases that fuel global warming.

The fastest solution to deforestation would be to simply stop cutting down trees. However, deforestation rates have slowed a bit in recent years.

We in Africa are determined to show leadership. Let us truly lead by example, by using our abundant natural resources for the health, education and sustainable future of current and next generations.

Ending deforestation is our best chance to preserve the environment and protect the rights of forest communities. Most importantly, it’s one of the quickest and most cost-effective ways to curb global warming.

http://www.conservation.org/what/pages/forests.aspx?gclid=CNah0tSeutACFcHnGwodtY8EKg

http://environment.nationalgeographic.com/environment/global-warming/deforestation-overview/

Innovation

Aquaponics: The Clean, Green Way

In recent times, the estimated total current investment in aquaculture including hatchery facilities and equipment in Nigeria has risen to about N10 billion (US$75 million). There are about 30 small-, medium- and large-scale intensive, closed recirculating and flow-through systems especially in the southwest and south-south zones where over 77 percent of all fish farms and hatchery infrastructures are located.

In light of the advent of aquaculture as a highly incentivized business venture in Nigeria, it has become pertinent to put into perspective the necessity for the proper disposal or in this case, utilization of waste associated with fish farming. In a world in dire need of environmental solutions, the subject of Aquaponics has become quite popular when discussing aquaculture.

Aquaponics can be described as the fusion of aquaculture and hydroponic operations in a dynamic, natural, closed ecosystem to produce both fish and organic vegetables with little or no harm to the environment. One of the biggest costs in an Aquaculture operation is filtering the water free of ammonia, nitrite and nitrate accumulations. However, when combined with hydroponics, the plants are the sole source of filtration as well as a great source of income. In comparison to hydroponics alone, aquaponics doesn’t require system purges or dumps or expensive chemicals that must be constantly replenished to grow the food.

Aquaponics boasts benefits for both aquaculture and hydroponic operations which in effect, eliminates costly practices in either one. Although it requires some initial start-up costs, once a system is up and running aquaponics can generate a greater variety of food (including the more-costly protein portion) than conventional gardening can.

Products of aquaponics are 100% chemical free (organic) and all natural because Fish waste is used as an input for plant growth so no fertilisers are required. Conventional pesticides are not feasible in aquaponics because they would kill the fish and bacteria, so if needed natural alternatives are used. Aquaponics energy usage is from 70% to 92% less than a conventional or organic farm which use fuel and/or petrochemical-intensive fertilizers. All energy used is electrical, so alternate energy systems such as solar, wind, and hydroelectric can be used to power an aquaponic farm 100%. This alternate energy can be produced locally.

The sustainable quality of Aquaponics is a valuable addition to its numerous benefits. Once an aquaponic system is up and running the main input required is fish-feed. No fertilisers, pesticides or chemical nutrients are needed. Since water is reused through biological filtration and continually circulated in a closed-loop systems – with only a small amount lost through transpiration and evaporation, additional irrigation is also not necessary. Moreover, Aquaponics can easily incorporate renewable technology, thus making it even less energy dependent.

Source: http://kingswayagroservices.blogspot.com.ng/

              

 

CSR

Huawei Donates 1st Aid Kits, Umbi Cut Kits To Lagos State Ministry of Health

Huawei today Nov. 17th, 2016 officially donated 2,000 First Aid kits and 2,000 Umbi cut Kits to the Ministry of Health Lagos state.

The ceremony had in attendance The Honourable Commissioner for Health Lagos State Dr. Jide Idris, The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health Lagos State Dr. Mrs. Modele Joyce Osunkiyesi, the Public Relations Manager Huawei Technologies Nigeria Limited Ms. Fancy Feng Hongjuan, Deputy Managing Director Enterprise Business Huawei Technologies Nigeria Limited Mr Leo Li Feng.

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Other officials in attendance were the Director Healthcare Planning Research & statistics, Ministry of Health Lagos state Dr. Olufemi Taiwo, Director Administration & Human Resources Ministry of Health Lagos state Mrs Adebowale Ganiyat Tunwashe, Representative of Lagos State Ambulance Services (LASAMBUS) Mr Jamiu Ajibola Abari, Representative of the Director Pharmaceutical services, Ministry of Health Lagos state Mrs O.I Omolanbe, the Directors of Friends of The Environment, Mr. Ifeanyi Maduka and Mrs. Kunbi Adesokan.

Huawei Technologies made a donation of 2000 First Aid Kits and 2000 Umbi cut kits to the Ministry of Health Lagos state. The donation was supervised by Huawei’s CSR partner organization, Friends of The Environment, FOTE (a non-governmental organization).

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The Honourable Commissioner, Dr. Jide Idris in his speech, appreciated Huawei’s effort in contributing to the well-being of Nigerians.  According to him, the choice of Huawei’s contribution towards children’s healthcare and birthing care is timely because these were major focus areas for the ministry at the moment.

He further stated that the Umbi cut kits were recently used by the ministry in the sensitization program of the medical outreach. The program was carried out in Ikorodu for pregnant women.

On the other hand, the first aid kits will be useful for schools, medical centers, and emergency care the commissioner added. He concluded by saying that he looks forward to a long-lasting relationship with Huawei Technologies Nigeria Limited.

Responding, Fancy Feng Hongjuan, the Public Relations Manager for Huawei Technologies Nigeria Limited, said that Huawei was pleased to partner with the Lagos State Ministry of Health on tackling some of the healthcare challenges faced by the state.

The Representative of the director Pharmaceutical services Ministry of Health Lagos State Mrs Omolanbe thanked Huawei in her closing remarks for their tremendous effort especially considering the current economic situation.

She also assured Huawei that the kits will be put to the best use, while reaffirming the state’s drive towards accountability and accuracy in all dealings.

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About Huawei

Huawei is a leading global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider. Our aim is to enrich life and improve efficiency through a better connected world, acting as a responsible corporate citizen, innovative enabler for the information society, and collaborative contributor to the industry.

Driven by customer-centric innovation and open partnerships, Huawei has established an end-to-end ICT solutions portfolio that gives customers competitive advantages in telecom and enterprise networks, devices and cloud computing. Huawei’s 170,000 employees worldwide are committed to creating maximum value for telecom operators, enterprises and consumers.

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Environmental News

Problem of Street Parking in Lagos

The importance of walking cannot be overemphasized

Walking is an exercise recommended and encouraged by doctors and dieticians for both young and old to live healthy. Thus the reason for this article ” problem of street parking”.

Considering the technology advancement, people can be seated in the confines of their room using a smart phone to do their running around. This has given room to high rate of obesity in both young and old. Thus, the need to exercise and keep fit.

Our diets are equally not helping matters because they consist mostly of carbohydrates and fats. Also, some want to exercise but cannot afford the costs of joining gyms and health recreational outfits. Hence, they embrace health walks in their various communities. Some don’t even have the time or will power to exercise. The only form of exercise available to them is walking which is now being hindered by street parking.

Problem of Street Parking

Lagos is a coastal area, surrounded by bodies of water. Land remains a treasure-trove in Lagos and so anybody that has a space wants to maximize its benefits. Economically, this has its good sides, especially for the land owners.

Years ago, residential buildings and offices used to have either a garage or parking space for their guests or clients. But now, the reverse is the case. Houses are now being built without designated areas for residents’ car parks. Schools, churches and shopping malls are now being constructed without regards for car parks and recreational spaces. Thus, what we have now is a state where residents and members of the church now park on either side of the road.  This unpleasant practice is now the order of the day. Pedestrians struggle with vehicles to move on the narrow paths of the road. It also discourages walking on the roads for leisure or exercise for fear of being knocked down by cars.

Recent statistics by Federal Road Safety Commission, FRSC, reveals that more than 2 million active vehicles ply Lagos roads today.

In conclusion, the problem of unlawful parking has become overbearing and must be fully addressed. A recent study conducted by the Lagos State Metropolitan Area Transport Authority, LAMATA, has shown that a major cause of traffic jam in Lagos is street parking.

More organized parking facilities would certainly help reduce traffic along the largely congested roads. Moreover, it will not only reduce traffic but prove to be a revenue generator for the state. If this is appropriately addressed, it will not only create an enabling environment for everyone to live, it will also improve the state of living of everybody in the areas concerned.

Source: http://globalpatriotnews.com/opinion-addressing-the-problem-of-street-parking-in-lagos-by-modupe-ileyemi/

 

CSR

First Solar Powered Digital Library In Lagos Powered By Huawei

On the 1st of November 2016, Huawei Technologies Nigeria Limited made history in Lagos by commissioning the first solar powered ICT centre in a Lagos public school. The lucky beneficiary school was the Wahab Folawiyo Junior Secondary School on the outskirts of Ikoyi Lagos.

The project was developed under the Lagos State government (LASG) “Project 350”, a private-sector driven initiative to build libraries and ICT centres in secondary schools across the State. The Project 350 initiative also involves the creation of online libraries.

The commissioning ceremony…

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Mr. Obafela Bank-Olemo, SSA to Governor Ambode on Education, cutting the tape at the Dgitil Library at Wahab Folawiyo Junior Secondary School, Ikoyi Lagos.

…was attended by officials of the Lagos State government, Huawei executives, and members of FOTE. The Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akin Ambode was represented by his Special Adviser on Education, Obafela Bank-Olemoh.  Speaking, the special Adviser said the libraries will collectively serve as an Education Portal. The libraries will also serve as repositories of knowledge in the state.

According to him, the governors vision was to transform Lagos into the most technologically advanced state in the country.

To further buttress this vision, the ICT centres and digital libraries currently under development around the state will be used as training hubs for teaching software coding to Lagos state students.

As the biggest ICT company in the world, and a major player in the ICT sector in Nigeria, Huawei has plugged into the ICT vision of Governor Ambode. As a result, Huawei has identified several secondary and tertiary schools around Lagos where they will either upgrade existing ICT centres, or develop new ones from scratch.

dscn0401Huawei have defined their corporate responsibility very succinctly. The ICT giants wish to improve the lives of people, especially women and children in their immediate operating environment. And one of the ways to do this is by educating the youths and improving access to information.

It is therefore propitious that FOTE is able to partner with Huawei in achieving this joint vision. In addition to ultimately improving the lives of the children, ICT has become an invaluable tool in the efficient management of the environment.

The Huawei ICT Digital Library at Wahab Folawiyo Junior Secondary School

Back to the digital library, the project was delivered using a 5 kV solar powered inverter system. The energy system is able to power 12 complete computer desktops, an internet modem, lights, and overhead fans. The Huawei sponsored centre also includes 2 split air conditioners.

dscn0347Huawei also purchased school textbooks to complete the traditional library component of the digital library.

These books were carefully selected based on the state’s curriculum.

The project also involved the complete overhaul of library furniture – computer tables and chairs, reading tables, and book shelves.

An interesting aspect of the digital library involved the use of FOTE-recommended HP pavilion mini CPUs. dscn0361

 

These diminutive devices perfectly replace the traditional CPUs which use up significantly more energy. In spite of their size, the minis were however configured to specifications suitable for school use.

The Project 350 is a laudable plan by the Lagos State government. When juxtaposed with the directive of the State’s education ministry to teach mandarin in all Lagos state primary schools, it becomes easy to envisage the key role Huawei will play in Lagos state going forward.

This seamless partnership can only bode well for Ambode and the future generations of Lagos state children.

We at FOTE are proud to be a part of this historic initiative.

 

Pollution

Air Pollution

Air pollution is now a common place term, that our ears are attuned to. We hear about the various forms of pollution and read about it through the mass media. It occurs when any harmful gases, dust or smoke enters the atmosphere. Thus, makes it difficult for plants, animals and humans to survive as the air becomes dirty.

Generally, any substance that people introduce into the atmosphere that has damaging effects on the environment is considered air pollution.

Smog hanging over cities is the most familiar and obvious form of air pollution. But there are different kinds of pollution that contribute to global warming; some visible, some invisible.

Industrialized countries have worked to reduce levels of sulphur dioxide, smog, and smoke to improve people’s health. But a result, not predicted until recently, shows that lower sulphur dioxide levels may make global warming worse. Sulphur dioxide from volcanoes can cool the planet by blocking sunlight. Also, cutting the amount of the compound in the atmosphere lets more sunlight through, warming the earth.

Causes of Air pollution

  1. Burning of Fossil Fuels:Sulphur dioxide emitted from the combustion of fossil fuels and other factory combustibles is one of the major cause of air pollution.
  2. Agricultural activities: Use of insecticides, pesticides and fertilizers in agricultural activities has grown quite a lot. They emit harmful chemicals into the air and can also causewater pollution.
  3. Exhaust from factories and industries:Manufacturing industries release large amount of carbon monoxide, hydrocarbons and chemicals into the air thereby depleting the quality of air.

 Effects of Air Pollution

  1. Respiratory and heart problems:The effect of air pollution is alarming. They are known to create several respiratory and heart conditions along with cancer, among other threats to the body.
  2. Acid Rain:Harmful gases like nitrogen oxides and sulphur oxides are released into the atmosphere during the burning of fossil fuels. When it rains, the water droplets combine with these air pollutants, becomes acidic and falls in form of acid rain.
  3. Effect on Wildlife:Just like humans, animals also face some devastating effects of air pollution. Toxic chemicals present in the air can force wildlife species to move to new place and change their habitat.

In conclusion, most people agree that to curb global warming, a variety of measures need to be taken. On a larger scale, governments are taking measures to limit emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases. One way is to put taxes on carbon emissions or higher taxes on gasoline. This will enable people and companies have greater incentives to conserve energy and pollute less.

The most immediate method of improving air quality would be the use of biodiesel, solar energy, and hybrid vehicle technologies.

Source: http://environment.nationalgeographic.com/environment/global-warming/pollution-overview/

http://www.conserve-energy-future.com/causes-effects-solutions-of-air-pollution.php

 

CSR

NYSC Member Aids Refurbishment of Lagos State School ICT Centre

An enterprising youth corper Ebube Oti, has successfully initiated an ICT project in a Lagos State Secondary School. Ebube was able to involve ICT giants, Huawei Technologies in sponsoring the full rehabilitation of a computer centre in the school. Huawei completed the centre with 15 desktop systems, a projector system, and split air conditioning system.

FOTE served as project managers and coordinators.

The NYSC supported ICT project fits perfectly with the plans of Governor Ambode…

…who is looking to make Lagos State the IT hub of the country. To achieve this, the governor is looking to build ICT centres around the state. He is also refurbishing and upgrading existing centres.

According to the governor, software coding will be taught to students from junior secondary level as part of the school’s curriculum. The hope is that the initiative will give Lagos students access to the world of information technology. It should also broaden the horizon of the students, and improve their employment and entrepreneurship opportunities in the future.

ICT improves environmental degradation

Huawei’s use of cloud technology and wireless connectivity also means that the impact of ICT on the environment is increasingly positive. And if students can be taught about the workings of computers and computer equipment from an early age, they would know to manage ICT systems better.

Therefore, we envisage a situation where the increase in ICT centres around Lagos should reduce the use of paper and plastics, and lead to more efficient outcomes. Interestingly, Huawei has built the use of solar energy into its upcoming rehabilitation projects. This should further reduce the use of carbon fuels at the centres.

Just as importantly, the development of ICT centres will lead to increased access to useful knowledge on environment care. The digital libraries, which make up the most important aspect of the projects, will open up a whole new world of learning to the students.

And so, it is easy to imagine that given the new opportunities on offer, young Nigerian students can start to innovate along the lines of environmental protection and many other spheres of modern living.

The possibilities are endless.


Present at the event were Ms. Fancy Feng Hongjuan, the Public Relations Manager Huawei Technologies Nigeria Limited, and Mr. Lucas Xufeng, Human Resource Manager from Huawei.

Others include the NYSC Lagos State Coordinator Mr Cyril Akhanemhe, the Zone B Zonal Inspector, Mrs. Tokunbo Ashade, the Assistant Director, Head Corps Development & Relocation Mrs. Maria Osadebe.

Mrs. Kunbi Adesokan, Projects Director, also represented FOTE at the event.