The leading telecommunications company in innovation, 9mobile, has further affirmed its commitment to promoting a clean and sustainable environment in Nigeria with the distribution of recycling bins to Oshodi Senior High School, Oshodi in Lagos, in commemoration of the 2018 World Environment Day.
The World Environment Day (WED) is commemorated every June 5 across the world to draw global attention to dire environmental issues and call for collective positive action from individuals, corporates and governments. The theme for this year’s commemoration is ‘Beat Plastic Pollution’, aimed to raise more awareness of the dangers that plastic pollutants pose to aquatic life and human existence as a whole.
As part of the day, 9mobile under its core Corporate & Social Responsibility pillars comprising Environment, Health and Education, took time out to educate the youths on the immense benefits of promoting a healthy environment and environmental sustainability especially by ensuring proper disposal of plastic waste.
Speaking with the students of Oshodi Senior High School, Oshodi, Manager, Public Relations and CSR, 9mobile, Oyetola Oduyemi, said that as future leaders of the nation, imbibing responsible behaviour towards the environment is important to ensure the survival of both people and the planet.
“At 9mobile, we are passionate about developing the capacity of the youth as future leaders. This is why we are commemorating the World Environment Day with you and sharing practical tips on how to preserve the environment, in further demonstration of our commitment to continuously invest and empower the youth with the right knowledge required to make you succeed and thrive”, she said.
Oduyemi added that, “in about 15 years from now, some of you will be leaders who will determine policies that will reflect on the environment and our lives. As such it is critical that the right foundation of environmental consciousness is laid from now, so that whether you are a governor, president, CEO or green Nobel Laureate, you will use your platform to support a sustainable planet. 9mobile wants you to appreciate that planet Earth is as much alive as human beings, and it is our collective duty to ensure that our environment is conserved or else it will eventually become uninhabitable.”
She further educated them by letting them understand the magnitude of the implications for our world if the key message of environmental protection is ignored. She said, “We are experiencing heat waves, drought, threat to food security, and depletion of the ozone layer. As the human population rises, now at 7.8 billion people according to the latest United Nations’ estimate, we need to have more resources, not less.”
In addition to the donation of recycling bins which will enable the students and their teachers to easily sort waste – paper, plastics, glass and metal, for effective management; 9mobile also excited the students with the distribution of branded writing materials and t-shirts.
According to the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP), over 8 million tonnes of plastic waste ends up in oceans annually, comprising 80 per cent of all ocean litter; and unless we take remedial action, our oceans will contain more plastic than fish by 2050.
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