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Monday, 5 June 2017

How the US pulling out of the Paris Agreement will affect Niger-Delta - Miss Nigeria writes open letter to Donald Trump

Chioma Obiadi, the 40th and reigning Miss Nigeria beauty queen has written an Open letter to US president, Donald Trump on why and how puling out of the Paris Climate Agreement will affect the Niger - Delta region in Nigeria. Read her piece after the cut....

Dear President Donald Trump,

It saddened my heart when I listened to the news few days ago to hear that the United States (US) will withdraw from the Paris Agreement on climate change. Although, we all know that China has recently surpassed the United States in annual greenhouse gas emissions, the US on its own has produced 27 per cent of the total carbon dioxide emissions of the world as at 2011.

The worry thing about carbon dioxide is that it stays up in the atmosphere for a very long time. Enough time to cause the damage we all try to avoid for ourselves, our families and our countries. Hence, the US is a very important country when it comes to reducing CO2 emission, protecting the environment and  as a hegemony, take the lead in the movement of saving the world from itself in this discourse. Indeed, for many years, the US has continually reaffirm its leadership in promoting peace in the world and specifically promoting the need to safeguard our environment against global warming. Withdrawing from the Paris Agreement is a mistake and I urge you to reverse your decision. 

Apart from the Kyoto Protocol, a pivotal moment was reached in Paris in 2015 when 196 member states reached a consensus to adopt the Paris Agreement. The Paris Agreement is an agreement with the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) aimed at getting countries of the world to work together to mitigate global warming. Particularly, focused on enhancing implementation, Article 2 of the UNFCCC aims to (a) Hold the increase in the global average temperature to well below 2 °C above pre-industrial levels and to pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5 °C above pre-industrial levels, recognizing that this would significantly reduce the risks and impacts of climate change; (b) To Increase the ability to adapt to the adverse impacts of climate change and foster climate resilience and low greenhouse gas emissions development, in a manner that does not threaten food production; and (c) To Make finance flows consistent with a pathway towards low greenhouse gas emissions and climate-resilient development.”. According to Ban Ki-moon, “For the first time, every country in the world pledged to curb their emissions, strengthen resilience and join in common cause for the common good,”  

Even Nigeria through our President, Muhammadu Buhari and the former Minister of Environment, Amina Mohammed, signed the Paris Agreement in 2016. Whilst climate change is still far in the consciousness of the Nigerian people, it is a step in the right direction which social actors like myself keep promoting. It is my dream that Nigeria becomes more green conscious and that citizens work hard to preserve our beautiful country. The social movement in the US has been a shinning example and I really plead on your leadership to uphold the positive identity of the US as the world sees it… A super power and a role model.  Through the Green-Girl Project, I have tried and still trying to bring the issues of the environment to the consciousness of the Nigerian People especially seeing the degradation we experience.

The Niger Delta being a crucial area in Nigeria that requires significant attention is one of my main focus. I am indeed happy about projects like the Ogoni Clean-up and related restoration projects. However, I fear that President Trumps decision to withdraw from the Paris Agreement will affect the involvement of American companies like Exxon Mobil who should be crucial to promoting the clean-up and other climate change issues in Nigeria. Exxon Mobil is at the heart of Nigeria’s economy as a major manufacturer and marketer of commodity and specialty petrochemicals in Nigeria. I want to see Exxon mobil increase its commitment to safeguarding the environment in Nigeria through its social investment project.

According to NASA, earth’s temperatures in 2015 were the hottest ever recorded. Rising temperatures and changing patterns of rain and sunshine are changing where plants grow, and in the case of our oceans, encouraging the proliferation of species that impact native ocean habitat. As ocean waters warm, they expand, causing sea-levels to rise. We are at increased risk of storms, droughts, and floods with communities at risk of their life and livelihood. This is all over the news everyday and it is by no chance “fake news”. 

For this reason, I continue to urge people especially in Nigeria to do their bit to promote and safeguard the environment through little actions they can practice in their living space. At the same time, I urge you Mr President to take a bolder step than your predecessors to show your commitment to protecting the environment in the US and the world. I look forward to better action from your government, moving forward.   

Climate change is already beginning to transform life on earth. We cannot change global warming in terms of where it is today but we can stop it before from gets worse.I agree with Former President Barack Obama when he said, “This is national security issue, it is not just an enviromental issue”. Hence, reaffirming your commitment to the Paris Agreement and other related commitment is not about the environment, it is about ‘putting American first’ and it is about saving the world. Be the super power you claim to be and walk your talk …lead by example.   

31 comments:

Anonymous said...

Of course naija pipo will typically ask her "why u dey drink panadol 4 anoda pesin headache"? Naija deltans will ask her to face her lane and talk about ibo problems that they didn't send her message.

Anonymous said...

She should take her campaign to to the Niger delta where her corrupt govt is spilling oil and flaring gas and leave the USA alone , Donald Trump is a very smart man and he is surrounded by some of the smartest people around who know better than a bimbo what is good for America..

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Ifeoma1010 said...

My dear, you don't need America to endorse climate change before you effect clean up in your back yard. Set and implement the right laws and policies in this country and you'll see oil majors clean up their mess in the Niger Delta sharp sharp. Letter is too long jare.

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Chop Chop said...

Good for you.

Anonymous said...

Well, he knows all these but hope he listens to you... Send him a tweet maybe that'll get his attention

Anonymous said...

Ok Miss pls go to white house and make your suggestions there.known to him.

junia said...

Aww I finished the whole letter. Nice piece but the last paragraph, dnt think Donald P likes to be compared 2 sm1 especially Obama, and the last line again...

Xerxes said...

lol. does she think that donald trump would read that epistle? she is better off just writing to different americans telling them to pressure their senators and congressmen to impeach trump.

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AGB said...

Lol. Donald Trump does not care about whole countries except U.S., is it a region or state of a country that he will care for? Lmao

Donald Trump carries the business sense of "If I don't have anything to gain or profit, you're on your own...keep moving. I don't offer free services neither do I run a charity."

AGB said...

Lol. Donald Trump does not care about whole countries except U.S., is it a region or state of a country that he will care for? Lmao

Donald Trump carries the business sense of "If I don't have anything to gain or profit, you're on your own...keep moving. I don't offer free services neither do I run a charity."

Anonymous said...

LINDA WHERE IS AFTER THE PIECE CUT? ARE YOU TIRED?

bolaji mayowa said...

What do you know Trump is right for what he has done they are talking of something that might happen in 2090 when there are major thing to dely with....

Anonymous said...

Hypocrisy is the only problem we have in Nigeria. I doubt if this Miss Nigeria of a girl has written or even secret letter to Buhari for all the hardship he has caused innocent Nigerians. You are busy addressing President's​ Trump's decision to back out of the agreement. Focus on your country and allow Trump run US like 2PAC did the streets of New York in the 90's.

MUFC said...

Please someone should sumnerise for me mbok

Anonymous said...

Hypocrisy is the only problem we have in Nigeria. I doubt if this Miss Nigeria of a girl has written or even secret letter to Buhari for all the hardship he has caused innocent Nigerians. You are busy addressing President's​ Trump's decision to back out of the agreement. Focus on your country and allow Trump run US like 2PAC did the streets of New York in the 90's.

Anonymous said...

Why exactly does the world need this useless piece of shit man? I hate when people make a bully relevant. People should ignore him...they boost his useless ego by talking to him and about him ....Let him be, let him keep dividing the world. He surely will be gone in 4 or 8 years at the most. However, history will never ever be nice to him.

Anonymous said...

She is an idiot....why don't you address that letter to your own leaders.lols

Anonymous said...

Why bother with Trump when gas flaring is still happening in Nigeria. Miss Nigeria needs to get to some Niger Delta locations for her to discover that you can't even open you eyes fully due to air pollution. She needs to channel her energy to presidency and upper house to enact laws to reduce pollution in these communities. Oil companies are making billions of dollars and if stopped except they reduce pollution of air,they will do something fast.Tim71

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Anonymous said...

Miss Nigeria,why are you bother with Trump decision.Address ur people who so call our leaders

Anonymous said...

Did she not hear when trump said he is president for Americans and not for Paris accord...which one con be open letter na..she no get work

Anonymous said...

Miss Nigeria,why are you bother with Trump decision.Address ur people who so call our leaders

Talomola said...

This is the equivalent of someone organizing 'etiquette class' for the neighborhood kids, while your own children are thieves, and holigans terrorizing the same neighborhood. Biko. Charity begins at home.
Pretty lady, please go and rest. As a Nigerian,Remove the plank in Nigeria's eye first before attempting to remove the speck in America's eye.
Start with your local govt. chairman. Your senator and your governor. Address the open letter to them and let's see how that goes.

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Bro Fide said...

And those questions aren't bad at all. Africans are still at the okroa level. While it's good to adopt The #COP21, It's is even more imminent we face our own issues degrading us on daily basis.

Anonymous said...

great article. Such a smart girl

Anonymous said...

I think the sentiments expressed in this piece are laudable... It is sad reading the comments here and seeing how ignorant many of the commentators here are of the real and lasting damage that can be done if the US does not take the lead in combating climate change. We already have ever more severe drought in the North of the country due to the changing climate patterns which is one of the root causes of the altered cow migration (herdsmen) crisis although there are a lot of other reasons and solutions for that. These are issues that potentially could affect all life on earth and people are talking about addressing the Govt of the day... sure, a hungry man may be justified in the belief that eating the seed rather than planting it is the way to stave off immediate death but his postponement will still come back to bite him if nothing changes... as for our gas flaring and other ills, people do not also realise that the Paris accords put money aside for 3rd world countries to clean up and meet their targets... this would have been a boon for us in the long run and that to some extent is why Trump is backing out, to spare the US those commitments... still hopefully China will step in.

I wish people would bother to educate themselves!

Anonymous said...

Donald doesn't care. He cares only for the US. Nigeria and Niger Delta should clean their own mess

Orji Emeka said...

Well said

Anonymous said...

Excellent, Well Spoken. Africans, Nigerians in particular need to brace up to the fact that while is not an immediate issue for us know, it will in future. If we don't address it now, no matter how little an effort we can muster, it may be too late tomorrow. Again, well spoken Miss Nigeria

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