Managing Director/CEO, Heritage Bank Plc, Ifie Sekibo, has called for environmental sustainability initiatives from government, corporate organizations and citizens to fight climate change in the country.
Sekibo, who made this known while receiving the 2022 Environmental Sustainability Award won by Heritage Bank, at a program organized by the Lagos State Government to celebrate this year’s Work Environment Day, in Alausa, Ikeja, Lagos, recently, noted that industrialization, while positive for humans Luxury, on the other hand, has wreaked so much havoc on human existence.
He commended the Lagos State Government and Ministry for the efforts made in environmental sustainability initiatives to protect ecosystems, thus supporting the health and wellbeing of all creatures.
Represented at the event by Chief Risk Officer, Heritage Bank, Mr. Kihinde Olugbemi, said Sekibo: “As the theme of this year’s World Environment Day celebration suggests, we have ‘only one earth’ and, truly, only one earth protects. The truth is that human well-being is closely linked. The health of the environment is closely related to the environment. Our planet is approaching a breaking point. We are beginning to see the consequences of global warming on ecosystems and societies.”
Quoting the World Health Organization (WHO), he said, 24 per cent of deaths can be traced to avoidable environmental factors, adding that Heritage Bank Plc has continued to prioritize and make huge commitments to environmentally sustainable practices to help build prosperous societies and secure future growth potential.
We have come to realize that our people and other residents need clean air to breathe, fresh water to drink, and places to live free of toxic substances and hazards.
“So, as part of our sustainability campaign in the CSR space, we have continued to put sustainability at the center of our decision-making process for the sake of humanity and the bottom line for the Bank because a healthy planet is the backbone of nearly every industry on Earth.”
At the event, the state government awarded Heritage Bank the 2022 Environmental Sustainability Award, for its contribution and support towards environmental sustainability.
The Bank joined with other corporate and school organizations within the country, where they were honored for their efforts towards protecting nature and reducing the impact of climate change on Earth.
The award was given to the Bank by the State Government through the Ministry of Environment and Water Resources, Lagos State, in commemoration of World Environment Day 2022 in which the Bank was a lead sponsor.
Earlier in the event, the Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Babajide Sanu Olu, stated that there is an urgent need for everyone to focus on the need to live sustainably with nature for the benefit of humanity, adding that this has become essential to shift to a greener lifestyle through both policies and choices. individual.
He added that environmental sustainability is one of the most pressing issues in the world today through which the Earth faces three planetary emergencies, namely climate change, biodiversity loss and environmental pollution.
The Governor, who was represented by the Permanent Secretary of the Bureau of Environmental Services, Dr. Umulaji Jaji, added that the impact of the challenges made achieving the SDGs less successful.
“With nature in emergency mode, the #OnlyOneEarth campaign for World Environment Day 2022, wants us to celebrate the planet through collective environmental action,” he said.
The governor commended corporate institutions, such as the Heritage Bank, for ensuring the continuation of the continuous trend of state policy towards entrusting the citizen with the legacy of greening and restoring indigenous trees.
Guest lecturer, Dr Ayo Tila, while presenting his research paper, noted that human impacts from human activities such as logging have altered the Earth’s natural systems and the survival of many species.
The Heritage Bank had earlier donated plastic boxes to Navy Town High School, Ojo, Lagos, to celebrate World Earth Day even as it embarked on a project to tackle the water crisis, while contributing to making clean, potable water accessible to all.
Similarly, a global open source movement known as Liter of Light Nigeria partnered with Heritage Bank Plc to provide sustainable solar electricity to the Itomaro community in Lagos State while, in 2020, the bank was on its way to distributing more than 10,000 bed nets to rural residents.