A guest lecturer at Federal University of Technology Owerri (FUTO), last week warned that humanity faced extinction if environmental degradation on global scale is not checked.
The scary prediction was made by Dr. Emmanuel Attah Ubuoh at a lecture organized by the centre for Women, Gender and Development Studies (CWGDS) of FUTO to mark 2014 World Environmental Day celebration.
The guest lecturer who is a lecturer at the Federal College of Land Resource Technology, Oforola, Imo State noted that the pesticides and other chemicals for controlling insect pests on agricultural lands contaminate the land, water and air arguing that women are mostly affected as according to him, 80% of the women engage in agriculture.
Lecturing on; “Environmental Sustainability: Women, Pesticides and Agricultural Global Perspectives;” Dr. Ubuoh lamented the harmful effects of the use of chemicals in agriculture and urged Nigerians to apply eco-friendly agricultural techniques as well as proper sensitization of women especially those in rural areas.
Earlier in his opening address, the Vice Chancellor of FUTO, Prof. Chigozie C. Asiabaka explained that the World Environmental Day celebration is one of the vehicles though which the UN stimulates awareness on the environment, encourages political attention and action and brings to the fore the need to ensure that human activities and habits are carried out in an environmentally-friendly manner.
In her address, the Acting Director, (W.G.D.S, FUTO, Dr (Mrs) Ihuoma P. Asiabaka observed that such events enable the university community to join their counterparts in the global conversation on environmental issues.
She hoped that the celebration would help individual and groups to be more friendly with the environment by charging those habits that impact negatively on the environment.