On 1st September 2016, Cameroonian-born Dr. Richard Munang was crowned the winner of the 2016 Africa Environmental Hero Award, by the International Environmental Roundtable for Africa in Abuja-Nigeria.The award was handed to him by Nigeria’s Honorable Minister of State for Environment, Ibrahim Usman Jibril.
Dr. Richard Munang has worked as United Nations Environment’s Climate Change Coordinator for Africa since 2013. He was live on an interview on 7th September 2016, on CRTV’s Cameroon this Morning. It was here that, Dr. Richard dedicated the award to the entire people of the continent most especially his parents whose encouragement enhanced his strides.
Talking about innovations in the African Climate change policies, the Africa Environmental Hero Award winner said a simple network that brings together men, women and youths to fight against the continent’s challenges will likely be put in place. For this to work, a partnership with the Government, private sectors, individual organizations will be empowered to have markets so that what is being produced on the continent could be sold on the continent. As such, ideas that can work in Cameroon could be shared in the Sahel, Burkina Faso, West Africa etc.
According to this Africa Environmental Hero Award winner, much will be put in place so Africa’s environmental space should become an opportunity for development, job creation, energy provision solution to the world, so as to achieve the Africa Agenda 2063.
He decried that Africa is the only continent with 65% uncultivated land yet with 85% people living in abject poverty and hunger, (240 million people), even though with more than enough natural resources. The source of energy in the sub-Saharan Africa could light the entire world but three-quarters of energy consumed is foreign.
Any action to protect our environment, especially from global warming is needed now more than ever before.