CALL TO ACTION – AFRICAN LIBRARIES & EFFECTS OF CLIMATE CHANGE


 African Library and Information Associations and Institutions(AfLIA)
Association Africaine des Bibliothèques et des Institutions d’Information
 Associação Africana de Bibliotecas e Instituições de Informação


CSIR-INSTI Building, CSIR Headquarters, P.O. Box BC 38, Burma Camp, Accra, Ghana

17th February 2018

CALL TO ACTION – AFRICAN LIBRARIES & EFFECTS OF CLIMATE CHANGE

The African Environment: Our Wealth, Our Health, Our Future
Africa is made up of agricultural communities. We depend on the environment for sustenance, food security and economic gains. Our present and our future are tied up with our environment. Africa may have a huge share of troubles as the effects of climate change become more pronounced. It is our duty as African information specialists to create awareness, disseminate information, stir up and lead fervent conversations about environmental issues in Africa.

AfLIA as the Pan-African Library and Information Association is driving this initiative through the Public & Community Libraries Section and the Academic Libraries Section.

The objectives of this programme are to:

  • Create awareness among our different communities of the effects of climate change and the need to sustain our environment;
  • Enhance the preparedness of Africa for coping with the outcomes of the climate change and
  • Provide information for better management of our environment in the 21st century

Public and Academic Libraries all over the continent are hereby called upon to use the month of May 2018 as the Month for Environment Sustainability Initiatives with the theme

The African Environment: Our Wealth, Our Health, Our Future
Public and Academic Libraries are hereby encouraged to carry out programmes, projects, services, including but not limited to Displays, Exhibitions, Seminars/Workshops, Walks, Media chats, School and Market visits etc focused on any of the topics in any of the following topics:

Section 1
Environmental Challenges in Africa

  • Wetland degradation
  • Fauna depletion
  • Farmland depletion
  • Erosion
  • Flooding
  • Drought
  • Water Management
  • Air pollution
  • Insect infestation
  • Population explosion
  • Deforestation
  • Hazardous chemicals and insecticides
  • Depletion of natural habitat for aquatic and land animals
  • Decline in biological diversity

Section 2
Causative Factors

  • Human behaviour that promote environmental degradation
  • Gas emissions
  • Solid mining challenges
  • Dependence on plastics
  • Overgrazing
  • Acid Mine Drainage

Section 3
Probable Solutions to environmental challenges

  • Promotion of sustainable use of natural resources

How to go green

  • Enhancing the abilities of communities to maintain biological diversity through awareness
  • Protection and management of forests
  • Advocacy for lesser gas emissions
  • Better Refuse disposal methods
  • Less use of plastics
  • Recycling of Wastes
  • Awareness of hazardous materials such as excessive use of fertilizers that are harmful.

Expected Outcomes

  • Increased awareness of the effects of climate change in Africa
  • More understanding of practices that endanger the environment and increase the effects of climate change in Africa
  • Increased knowledge of sustainable/alternative practices that can protect the environment
  • Heightened conversations and Advocacy on climate change and how it affects Africa

Call for Promotional Posters and Video Clips

Librarians are encouraged to produce posters and video clips that can be used for the campaign.

The best posters and clips will be acknowledged, used, and a plaque will be presented for the winning entry at the AfLIA Library Summit in 2019.

The posters and clips should be sent to Dr. Nkem Osuigwe drnkemosuigwe@gmail.com; Mrs. Nthabiseng Kotsokoane nthabik@gmail.com; and programofficer@aflia.net

Important Dates
March 25th – Deadline for submission of the promotional posters and video clips.
April 4th – The posters and clips are released and will be used to publicize the program

Activities in the Month of May 2018

Ø  Libraries are encouraged to seek the collaboration of Experts/Groups/Bodies that are knowledgeable and/or involved in environment matters.
Ø  Academic libraries could ask the Faculty of Environmental Studies to partner with them in making the activity lively and memorable.
Ø  Public libraries could ask schools with teachers of Geography and the Ministry of Environment in the Municipality or Local Government to collaborate on the program.
Ø  Libraries are also encouraged to invite different sections of their user communities to visit the Library during the month to learn more about climate change in Africa and how we can sustain our environment.
Ø  Libraries could access information materials at  www.greeninfoonline.com
Ø  Libraries are expected to post pictures and clips of their activities for the program on the Facebook Page of AfLIA.

Let us help to change Africa for the better.
Let us stand in the gap for the continent as the effects of climate change sweep through the globe.
Let us care for Africa, My Africa, Your Africa, Our Africa!

Nkem Osuigwe Chair, Public & Community Libraries Section
Nthabiseng Kotsokoane Chair. Academic Libraries Section

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