Fossil fuels cast long shadow on Kano State- Dr. Hashim
The detrimental impact of fossil fuels on communities has once again come to the forefront in Kano State, as renowned Climate Change Activist Dr. Dahiru Muhammad Hashim voiced his concerns in an exclusive interview with SOLACEBASE.
Fossil fuels, including coal, oil, and natural gas, have long been the primary source of energy globally, but their consequences have taken a toll on local communities, and Kano State is no exception.
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Dr. Hashim, a prominent advocate for sustainable practices and climate mitigation, spoke passionately about the pressing issues faced by the state due to its reliance on these non-renewable resources.
In this interview, Dr. Dahiru who is also Kano State Project Coordinator, ACReSAL, highlighted several key points that shed light on the adverse effects of fossil fuels on the community:
1. Air Pollution and Health: “The burning of fossil fuels releases harmful pollutants into the air, contributing to air quality degradation. Kano State is facing rising levels of air pollution, leading to a surge in respiratory illnesses and other health problems.”
He emphasized that vulnerable populations, such as children and the elderly, are particularly at risk.”
2. Climate Change: “The combustion of fossil fuels is a major driver of climate change, resulting in rising temperatures and erratic weather patterns. Kano State has witnessed increased instances of drought, floods, and heat waves, impacting agriculture, water availability, and overall livelihoods.”
Dr. Hashim stressed the urgency of transitioning to renewable energy sources to mitigate these climate-related challenges.”
3. Economic Implications: “Despite being a fossil fuel-rich region, the economic benefits for local communities have often been overshadowed by environmental and health costs.”
Emphasizing the need for a diversified economy that prioritizes sustainable industries and job creation to ensure the long-term well-being of the residents.
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Hashim’s interview underscores the urgency of transitioning away from fossil fuels to renewable energy sources such as solar, wind, and hydropower. He stressed that such a transition would not only mitigate the negative impacts on communities but also create new opportunities for economic growth and sustainable development.
As the global community increasingly recognizes the importance of addressing climate change, Kano State faces a pivotal moment in charting its course toward a more sustainable future.