COOU VC Calls for Joint Action Against Climate Change at CAAF2024

Professor Kate Azuka Omenugha, the Ag. Vice Chancellor of Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University (COOU) calls for unified efforts to combat climate change impacts.

COOU VC Calls for Joint Action Against Climate Change at CAAF2024
Professor Kate Azuka Omenugha

Professor Kate Azuka Omenugha, the Ag. Vice Chancellor of Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University (COOU), has urged a collaborative effort involving government, industry, academia, and the public in a resounding call to arms against the escalating impacts of climate change. Her call to action was delivered at the 2024 Climate Action Africa Forum (CAAF2024) held at the Landmark Centre, Victoria Island in Lagos.

Professor Omenugha emphasized the pivotal role of educational institutions in driving sustainable development, stressing the urgency of innovative financing and collective strategies to mitigate climate change's devastating effects. She highlighted COOU's proactive measures in combating climate challenges, citing the university's commitment to the Livable and Prosperous Anambra initiative under Professor Charles Chukwuma Soludo's administration.

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Addressing the forum, Professor Kingsley Nwozor, Dean of the Faculty of Physical Sciences and Chairman of COOU's Tree Planting and Climate Action Working Group, lamented the severe impact of climate change on university infrastructure. He underscored the urgent need for organized efforts to address these challenges, noting the significant disruptions and financial burdens caused by extreme weather events.

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In alignment with their strategic vision, COOU has launched a bold initiative to plant one million native trees across its campuses and parts of Anambra State over the next five years. This initiative aims not only to enhance environmental aesthetics but also to mitigate carbon emissions, reduce heatwaves, and improve air quality while fostering community health and well-being.

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Expressing gratitude to the organizers of CAAF2024, Professor Omenugha called for broader support from philanthropists, donor agencies, and international partners to bolster COOU's climate action initiatives. She extended an invitation to stakeholders worldwide to participate in COOU's upcoming Tree Planting and Climate Action Summit scheduled for July 17, 2024, marking a significant milestone in their journey towards a sustainable future.

The appeal for collaborative action resonates deeply as COOU positions itself at the forefront of climate resilience and innovation, striving to build livable cities and contribute meaningfully to global climate action efforts.

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