Africa Media Development Foundation (AMDF), in collaboration with Bridge That Gap Initiative, on Monday in Kaduna during this year’s first quarter Media Roundtable on Climate and Environment have attributed most of the environmental challenges experienced to human activities.
The Participants noted that human activities had driven animals and birds into extinction, as some plants they supposed to be fed on, are cut down. Environmental degradation caused by erosion and flood as well as pollution, they agreed, have also negatively affected both the surface and ground water that could be used for domestic and industrial purposes.
“Wells which most people depend on have dried up, while trees providing shades are either withered or cut down.
The participants spoke of the need for the Kaduna State Government to be zealously guided by the Environmental Impact Assessment on Its Urban Renewal programme to arrest most of the environmental hazards arising from the project.
Mr. Iliya Kure the Executive Director of AMDF presented a paper on Planning and Writing Compelling Human Angle Stories told the participants that the program which began in 2018 was to continually interact with experts in the media to strengthen them in their reportage in various fields of journalism. He tasked Journalists to humanize their stories which should be issue based and presented in simple language and emotional way as well as with empathy and compassion. Human lives, he said, should be uppermost in their eagerness to tell stories so as to save lives first.
Co-ordinator, West African Regional Climate Reality Project, Gloria Kasang Bulus disclosed that an Early Warning System has been set up in communities in Kaduna State to identify hazards which would be responded to promptly and with support.