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British Diplomat Recommends Approach To Climate Change 

By Willibroad B. Nformi

As part of efforts to fight against climate change, a British diplomat has strongly recommended a holistic approach that involves both local and international initiatives. Giles Montagnon, Second Secretary at the British High Commission in Yaounde, made the recommendation in Kumbo, Northwest Region, Monday, May 18, while presiding at a Green Heroes Award ceremony.

Green Care Shisong, an environmental NGO had won an award in 2008 from the British Trust for Conservation Volunteers, BTCV, which award could not be handed over last year. The diplomat said the only way to tackle climate change was by working together both locally and internationally. He said any action in a particular part of the world, affects another parts of the world, reason why there must be sensitisation and education on activities that affects the environment.

He lauded Green Care’s initiative of trying to take care of their local environment.
Montagnon later told the press that his government through the British High Commission in Yaounde has been doing much in terms of awareness creation on environmental issues.
He cited impacting on local communities, capacity building of journalists on environmental reporting and the sensitisation of parliamentarians and opinion leaders on environmental issues.

Melvin Jones, BTCV leader at Shisong described Green Care as credible, reason why his NGO partnerships with it. Speaking earlier, Yufenyuy Ibrahin, Kumbo Council 4th Deputy Mayor said climate change was one of the world’s problems.He lauded Green Care for its action which he said was local in nature but with world-wide effects.

He said the Kumbo Council had adopted a one child one tree policy as it’s little and humble contributions towards fighting environmental problems. According to Njodzeka Gilbert, Green care coordinator, the NGO was created in 1994 in Limbe but was later transferred to Kumbo in 1998.He said Green care’s spectrum includes tree planting, bird watching, community forestry, sustainable agriculture and general environmental awareness.

Njodzeka said the Green Heroes Award was in tacit recognition of the successes achieved by Green care. Emmanuel Yong and Emmanuel Tumi, Kumbo DO’s representative and Bui delegate of Environment and Nature Protection respectively witnessed the award ceremony which included a certificate of recognition and a laptop.