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Expert says cultivating sustainable lifestyle will help protect environment

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An environmentalist, Ms Gloria Bulus, on Tuesday said Nigerians should protect their environments by cultivating sustainable lifestyles based on practising environmentally friendly activities.

Bulus, a climate change expert, said this in an interview with the Nigeria News Agency in Lagos.

She said that people could achieve this by reducing household energies they consumed through the switching-off of their home appliances and lights when not being used.

She added, “Install energy-efficient appliances, open windows to allow fresh air into their homes instead of using air conditioners and replacing incandescent light bulbs with compact fluorescent bulbs (CFLs).

“’We can also use renewable energy sources and energy efficient stoves for cooking.”

Bulus also advised the people to always eat locally- produced foods instead of imported ones; reduce the use of disposables and other plastic-like cups, cutleries and plates but go for  reusable products.

She said that there was the need for recycling of waste materials and reducing the use of other non-biodegradable materials to address the effects of climate change.

Bulus also said that the public should be involved in enforcing environmentally friendly policies and investing in eco-friendly technologies to mitigate the effects of climate change.

She said that people should avoid food wastage, plant more trees and minimise waste and adapt proper waste management practices.

Bulus advised the public to stop felling old tress under the guise of development saying that the new ones they were planting as replacement would take time to grow to maturity.

She said that there were environmental policies   in the country, adding that the problem had been their implementation.

Bulus called for the strengthening of the institutions that would implement the existing policies about the environment.

She said that for effective implementation of the policies, the government needed to collaborate with the civil society organisations (CSOs), the media, as well as the traditional and religious leaders.

She said that other relevant stakeholders and citizens in both rural and urban communities should be carried along for the country to achieve an environmentally conscious and eco-friendly status.

Edited by: Chidinma Agu/Peter Dada

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