The Lagos state Commissioner for the Environment, Muiz Banire, has charged Nigerians toÂ desist from carrying out actions that would result in reprisals from nature.
The Commissioner gave this warning at this yearâ€™s Walk For Nature held in Marina, Lagos.
The event, with the theme: â€˜Sustaining a Greener Lagosâ€™, saw the participants walking theÂ entire Marina led by Banire, the state Commissioner for Local Government and ChieftaincyÂ Affairs, Rotimi Agunsoye and the Chairman of the Nigerian Conservative Foundation, PhilipÂ Asiodu.
According to the Commissioner, the myriad of natural disasters being witnessed around theÂ world is as a result of the way people treat nature and its resources.
â€œWe are products of nature; we cannot continue to live at variance with her dictates andÂ wishes.
â€œOur culture, both traditional and developing ones must take cognisance of natureâ€™sÂ well-being.
â€œSadly, we have erred nature. Nature seems to be in rage, current happenings around theÂ world substantially indicate that we are not in harmony with nature,â€ he said adding thatÂ earthquakes, landslide, massive flooding, hurricanes, extinction of flora and fauna wereÂ some of the examples of the consequences of natures anger resulting from too muchÂ pressures on it.
While reiterating the efforts of the state government at combating the effect of climateÂ change in the state, he said that the reason the country had not witnessed anyÂ catastrophe as a result of the reactions of nature was just because the country was luckyÂ and not because it is exempted from any tragedy.
â€œIt behoves on us as well as the entire global people that we must be wise in whatever weÂ do in terms of industrial and domestic purposes.
â€œNature must be inevitably put into consideration, mother earth must be respected and theÂ environment must be passionately protected and guarded,â€ he added.
The Commissioner maintained that Lagos had become a pacesetter in the area of fightingÂ climate change and that the government would not relent in this drive to make the StateÂ habitable for people.
Banire also said that the administration of Babtunde Fashola had a target of plantingÂ three million trees before its expiration. He enumerated the number of gardens createdÂ within the state so far adding that more would be created.
â€œLet me also say that as we protect nature, we are not loosing anything, we are makingÂ money; that is the new economy-green economy. Opportunities abound as we explore a lowÂ carbon economy,â€ he advised.