Action Now - The Gambia (ACG), a grassroots environmental NGO, recently held its annual general meeting (AGM) at the Latrikunda Upper Basic School in the Kanifing Municipality.
The organisation was formed last year and has joined other stakeholders in the fight against climate change.Lamin Njie, the national coordinator of ACG, expressed delight to be part of the initiative, saying that there is need for a new, reality-based conversation about climate change which poses a much greater risk on the planet than originally thought.
"There is need to begin a new, reality-based conversation on the issue as it portends a new threat to nations especially the least developed countries. Stakeholders includingcivil society have a role to play to adopt best practices and influence the movers and shakers of international policies on the subject," he remarked.
Njie revealed that his organisation was formed in August last year to join global partners in the fight against climate change as well as defend the environment, adding that, this intervention was also premised onclimate change realities facing nations including the 2011 drought which also triggered a food crisis in The Gambia and other Sahel countries. He lamented that climate change has taken a fast and ugly trend bringing about extreme weather events across the world.
Njie continued: "It is also important to note that the government of The Gambia is committed to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change with the launch of the Second National Communications of The Gambia to the United Nations on climate change. This calls forcivil society and other stakeholders to share a similar interest to tackle climate change and defend the environment."
He added: "Let's end the climate change silence now as more major climate events continue to unfold including droughts and floods. Action Now -The Gambia seeks to drive this conversation from household to household, community to community and from nation to nation."