Assessing the Role of the Government in Addressing the Problem of Climate Change in Nigeria

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Assessing the Role of the Government in Addressing the Problem of Climate Change in Nigeria

Emmanuel K. Okonkwo

Nsukka Journal of Religion and Cultural Studies | Vol 11, No 1 | © 2023 Emmanuel K. Okonkwo | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0

Submitted: 25 February 2023 | Published: 28 July 2023

 

About the author(s)

Emmanuel K. Okonkwo is a Ph.D student in the department of Religion and Cultural Studies, University of Nigeria, Nsukka.

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Abstract

Climate change is a global phenomenon that affects the environment, the lives of humans and animals. In Nigeria, the catastrophic effects of climate are seen in the increased cases of flooding, extreme temperatures, drought and the like. These effects of climate change have negative impacts on the lives of humans and plants alike. There are efforts on global and local levels to combat this menace.  Nigeria is a signatory to the Conference of Parties whose primary objective is to deal with the problem of climate change. The level of implementation of the climate change agreements leave much to be desired. This paper uses qualitative research methodology. Data were derived from responses to structured interview questions, library and online resources. The results of this research indicate that government policies have not been adequately implemented so as to change human behaviours that contribute to climate change. This research advocates for concrete actions to combat climate change.              

Keywords

Climate change, Climate change agreement, Human behaviours, Nigerian government, Government policies.