“Our relationship with our environment is paradoxical. The environment surrounds us, feeds us and clothes us. When it is healthy, we are healthy, when it is damaged, we suffer. Our individual and collective existence and prosperity practically depend on it. Yet not enough people value and care enough about the environment to protect it.”
These are the conclusions that I arrive at as I reflect on my 6-week experience as a recipient of the Climate Tracker fellowship. During those six weeks, I had the fabulous opportunity to learn new and exciting things about climate change and other topical global environmental issues. I learnt how these issues affect Nigeria in particular, and the world at large. I have had to form my opinions on these issues, express those opinions through writing and relate them to a wider audience by publishing it in news media.
To say the least, it was a fulfilling experience. Writing on those interesting topics week in week out was quite challenging. But it was a challenge that I welcomed with open arms, and every week, I took solace in the fact that someone out there will get to read my article and will learn at least one new thing about the environment which they did not previously know. More importantly, it will get to inspire them to start thinking about how our energy preferences, particularly our predilection for fossil fuel harms us more than we would like to admit, and why it has to change.
On a personal note, I subscribe to the principle that he who is rich in friends is poor in nothing, and the climate tracker fellowship experience has also offered me a good opportunity to make valuable additions to my existing network of friends and acquaintances, all of whom I appreciate greatly. I have nothing but appreciation and gratitude for the consideration of my editors at The Cable and Climate Wednesday.
I acknowledge the contributions of Ayeen Karunungan and the feedbacks from Anna Perez Catala, both at Climate Tracker. I appreciate Emeka Ulor for the collaboration in week five. I also acknowledge Chris Wright and the 14 other climate tracker fellows, with whom I did not get to correspond directly but whose articles and posts I have been following online. From all, I have learnt something new, and I suppose some words of appreciation are in order