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NRCRI Seeks Innovative Solutions to Climate Change Challenges as Institute Marks World Environment Day

The National Root Crops Research Institute (NRCRI) in Umudike, Abia State, has joined the world to celebrate Environment Day by highlighting climate change challenges and seeking innovative solutions, including the commissioning of an agroforestry regenerating plant.

Environmental degradation remains a critical global issue, and protecting the environment is essential for the well-being of all. 

Speaking during the 2024 World Environment Day event in Umudike, Professor Chiedozie Egesi, Executive Director of NRCRI, emphasized the importance of renewing commitment to environmental protection.

Professor Egesi noted that World Environment Day, established by the United Nations in 1974, is more than a celebration; it is a call to action. It serves as a key platform for raising awareness about environmental issues and mobilizing efforts to address them.

The keynote speaker, Sam Onuigbo, Chairman of the South East Committee on Security, Climate Change, and Special Interventions, North East Development Commission, advocated for policy changes at both local and international levels. 

He highlighted the critical role of clean energy in reducing emissions and providing power to underserved communities. 

Onuigbo stressed the interconnectedness of clean energy, socio economic development, and environmental sustainability in addressing issues such as poverty, illiteracy, and health challenges faced by vulnerable communities worldwide.

Speakers at the event reiterated the need to protect the environment and develop appropriate solutions to environmental challenges. 

They underscored the importance of addressing climate change, deforestation, pollution, and biodiversity loss to ensure future generations can enjoy a healthy environment.

Several secondary school students shared their views, expressing optimism that a great future is achievable through environmental protection. 

They emphasized that World Environment Day is a time to learn about the environment and how to protect and manage resources effectively.

Strong legislation and international cooperation are essential to achieve environmental health and sustainability. 

However, the 2024 World Environment Day calls for commitment and action. The future of our environment depends on our actions today. Let us work together to protect our planet.

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