By Emeka Nwokocha

A nongovernmental organisation, Development Initiative for Community Impact (DICI), has formally inaugurated an Environmental Club in Ugbuwangue Secondary School, Warri.

The Environmental Club was inaugurated alongside the Club’s executives by the Executive Director of DICI, Dr. Rachael Misan-Ruppee.

While tutoring the executives, and other members of the club on the vision of the club, including their roles, Dr. Misan-Ruppee charged the students to see themselves as advocates of a safe and healthy environment. She charged them to promote proper segregation of wastes in the school, and mitigate other environmental challenges through collective efforts to ensure a safe and clean environment.

Executive Director of DICI, Dr. Rachael Misan-Ruppee, speaking to students of Ugbuwangue Secondary School, while inaugurating the school’s Environmental Club

Expatiating on proper management of wastes, Weyimi Okotie, an Environmentalist and Programme Coordinator at Green Knowledge Foundation, educated the students about biodegradable and non-biodegradable wastes, including recycling of wastes (plastics) which he added is an avenue to making money.

He explained, “biodegradable waste decays naturally without any special scientific treatment, and can therefore be thrown away without causing pollution such as paper waste, and food waste.”

Environmentalist and Programme Coordinator at Green Knowledge Foundation, Weyimi Okotie, speaking to the students

He continued, “Unlike biodegradable waste, non-biodegradable wastes cannot be decomposed or dissolved by natural agents. These include plastics, and they remain on earth for thousands of years without degradation and act as a source of pollution.”

Continuing, Weyimi encouraged the students to put in their best to achieve a safe environment, which he says is the goal of the Environmental Club. He assured the students of his support to make the Environmental Club outstanding.

Geography teacher and facilitator of the Ugbuwangue Secondary school Environmental Club, Eunice Golly, speaking at the event

He also educated the students about climate change and its effects on the environment. He identified greenhouse gases as the primary cause of climate change, noting that fossil fuel combustion is one the causes of green house gases which cause a large chunk of global warming that poses many risks to human beings and the entire ecosystem.

Weyimi emphasized the compelling need for a cutback on greenhouse gasses in order to protect the earth from further damage, even as he charged the students to play a good role in mitigating environmental disaster, using the Environmental Club as a veritable platform.

Student of Ugbuwangue Secondary School and Coordinator of the School’s Environmental Club, Blessing Akpan, speaking at the event

The club, which has Destiny Erewa as President, and Blessing Akpan as Coordinator will be facilitated by the Geography teachers of the school, Eunice Golly, and Ukpan Tamarauokibegha.


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