As much as I know that the condition of things in Port Harcourt in the context of climate change is concerned, I am optimistic that hope for redemption is not lost. But for this to come to reality we must be proactive to such imminent dangers and stop living in denial. Because not acknowledging the reality of climate change is what have deteriorated the present climatic condition of Port Harcourt.
In a similar manner, Edward Obi, said “I believe that humanity can still rise to the occasion and exercise our natural human instinct to protect earth’s ecological resources.
To do this successfully, we must acknowledge climate change as the human problem that it is, change our present patterns of consumption, and adopt new ways of living that are consistent with the desire to avert this impending catastrophe. Now more than ever, human beings must begin to see themselves as part of the planetary ecosystem….
rather than falsely see ourselves as exceptional in relation to the rest of the natural world.” I believe it is better late than never, this is where I rest my faith on. Then again, the question is, are there other pragmatic steps we could also apply to strengthen our hope for redemption? Very loudly, my answer is YES. Firstly, from a grass root approach, a proper recycling of waste should be observed especially from contaminating the waters and creating sewages in the land.
Also, we need to activate the principle of conversion and amplify the campaign of change.
Embarking on such crusade would imply channeling it through major and various institutions “academia, mass media, environmental movements and above all, political decision makers” using their political podiums. Stan Chu Ilo, further expressed that “African churches are being challenged to become sites for a praxis of hope, places of education where environmental education and ecological ethics are shared in a collective palaver, communities of dialogue where various approaches to healing and restoration are discussed in the light of Christian faith….”
Given the narration and analysis above, I resonate with Peter Hughes who asserts that land is to be viewed “as sacred, a gift to be respected, cultivated, and protected. As such it cannot be reduced solely to an object of possession and ownership.” And finally, my take will be for humanity to embark on INTEGRAL ecology. An ecology that begins and ends with God, reminding us always that He is the maker of heaven and earth an article of faith we commonly profess in the creed bringing to our consciousness that man has never being a creator but a discoverer who makes out from nature what is being discovered which implies that rather than destroy he should become co-creator. So, let’s heal the world and make it a better place.