WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY 2020:
MOSOP RENEWS CALL ON GOVERNMENTS, INSTITUTIONS FOR ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE
As the World Environment Day is being observed today, the Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People, MOSOP, calls on all governments, World leaders and organizations to take decisive actions in initiating and executing protocols and laws that will improve people’s lives and the environment.
Inarguably, the environment we live in has been severely polluted and virtually all human endeavours and global health situation are affected as a result of human activities and natural occurrences. This justifies this year’s theme: ‘ Time for Nature’ , which is a deliberate effort to draw attention, and finding solution to the various environmental challenges, which include issues of climate change, flooding, pollutions, deforestation, open defecation, etc.
Commendably, the Ogoni People, through MOSOP, have consistently raised concerns against the activities of oil Multinationals, which have to a great extent destroyed our environment and terminated lives without justice for our people and other peoples of the world, who are also victims of injustice to their environment.
MOSOP, therefore, congratulates all those who have continued the cause of environmental justice and reaffirm our commitment to ensuring that our people get back their environment.
It is our believe that this year’s celebration of World Environment Day offers us the opportunity to restrategize and commit ourselves more in ensuring total restoration of our environment.
Looking at the current global situation created by Covid 19 pandemic, the need for thorough environmental clean up and decontamination of human habitations can not be over emphasized. It is in the light of this that we reiterate our demand for transparency and accountability in the ongoing Clean up of Ogoni communities by the Hydrocarbon Pollution Remediation Project, HYPREP.
We also call on all governments and relevant institutions not only to initiate environment friendly legislations but to respect international and domestic treaties, laws and policies that give protection to the environment and people’s lives.
We wish to see an environment where acquatic life blossoms, human life becomes healthy and prosperous, exploration of endowed natural resources impacts positively on people’s lives, rather than being source of woes and anguish, and where human and environment rights become focal policy decision in governance.
The fact that man can not survive and live quality life in an insecured and unhealthy environment emphasizes the imparative for all hands to be on deck in making life meaningful and safe.
So, let’s protect ourselves, by making the environment safe.
Chief Keeper Gbaranor
Chaiman, MOSOP Transition Committee
Friday, June 5, 2020