The use of firewood for cooking contributes 10 percent of global deaths annually claiming lives of over 98,000 Nigerian women.
In view of this , environmental experts suggest the introduction of briquettes as an alternative source of cooking energy to save lives and achieve climate justice.
They gave the suggestion at a One-day stakeholders engagement and mapping on climate justice organized by Global Initiative for Food Security and Ecosystem Preservation with support from OXFAM and African Activists for Climate Justice in Yola the Adamawa State Capital.
Following the recent ban on indiscriminate falling of trees by the Adamawa State government, Executive Director, Agro -Ecological Sustainable Technology Initiative, Hasuruna Amos commended the move saying it will help champion the campaign on climate justice and suggest the introduction of briquettes which he said will cushion the effects of the ban on charcoal sellers and save lives especially in the rural communities.
On their parts, Executive Director, Adamawa State Environmental Protection Agency, Dr. Ibrahim Umar and Desk Officer Climate Change,Musa Usman attributes negative effects surrounding climate change to human activities such as indiscriminate falling of trees, dumping of refuse in drainages amongst other man activities, says the engagement is apt calling on every well meaning individual to join in championing the campaign for a successful propagation of climate justice.
Project Officer, African Activists for Climate Justice, Joseph Ibrahim expressed optimism that the stakeholders engagement will bring about sustainable solution to climate justice as well as food security.
At the end of the engagement, the Network of Climate and environmental Activists came up with an Action plan to sensitize the public on the need to embrace the use of briquettes as an alternative source of cooking energy so as to achieve climate justice and work towards achieving food security in Adamawa State and the Nation at large.