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Climate change: Miss Earth Nigeria advocates enhanced protection of environment

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Joseph Kingston, Calabar

As the fight against environmental degradation to mitigate climate change continues universally, a non-governmental organisation (NGO) Miss Earth Nigeria, has warned that the environment would always give back to the world what the world was feeding it with.

The national director of the organisation, Ibinabo Feberesima, who spoke in Calabar, Friday, said 18 young women from across the country would converge at the Dome, Calabar Municipality, Cross River, on Saturday, August 28 for a beauty pageant.

She said the winner of the pageant would represent Nigeria in the world event in the Philippines.

“Running the Miss Earth Nigeria, for me, is lifting voices for environment and I have been doing this for twenty years. Every year, I meet young beautiful girls, train them and cause them to become advocates for the protection of the environment in their respective states.

“We are not only into beauty pageantry; we have passion for the protection of the environment. The truth is that what we feed the environment with is what it gives back to us. We are hearing of severe flooding not only in Nigeria but all over the world and so all hands must be on deck.

“As I pointed out earlier, young women who are part of this mission are environment advocates in their respective States. The grand finale of the pageant is next week Saturday, August 28. The Miss Earth Queen who will emerge will represent Nigeria in the Philippines,” she stated.

The Rivers state-born former Miss Nigeria, Fibereseima, who commended Gov Ben Ayade for causing Cross River to go green especially with the annual green carnival, advocated more sponsorship to help take the fight against environmental pollution and destruction to another level.

She warned against indiscriminate dumping of refuse and therefore called for recycling of wastes.

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