Public Enlightenment and Climate Change Impact: Need for Civil Society Intervention

  • Olaifa Temitope Abimbola
Part of the Peace Psychology Book Series book series (PPBS)


One of the primary aims of education, formal or informal, is to effect a positive change in behaviour. It is expected that every unit of instruction will infuse a level of enlightenment which would ultimately effect positive change in the life of the recipient of such knowledge with its utilitarian effect felt in the society. Climate change is an issue currently arresting global attention as the impact on the environment is earth-threatening. The World South is quacking under this threat due to dearth of economic capacity. The existence of many communities stands precarious as they are constantly washed away by flood, erosion, rainstorm and other forms of devastating climate change impact. Different levels of government all over the world converge to find ways of ameliorating the impact of the damages already incurred on account of climate change. The question therefore is, whether the entire world is being carried along in the struggle. How much awareness are our governments creating among their people about climate change? In this paper, an attempt is made to explicate how peacebuilders can, through formal and informal channels of education, and the experimentation of the Adaptation, Succession and Recycling principles of community psychology, impart the necessary awareness on the preservation and conservation of the environment to people effectively with a view to preserving the symbiotic relationship between man and his environment. It also examines the impact of environmental assessment on the interventionary programmes of CSOs with particular reference to the activities of an NGO on the Odokala Gully Erosion and the Owa River flooding, and the possibility of collaboration between government and non-governmental organisations in the mass mobilisation of the people of Nigeria for effective mitigation if not prevention of climate change impact.


Public enlightenment Peacebuilding Climate change Mobilisation Education Community psychology 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Olaifa Temitope Abimbola
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  1. 1.Communication and General Studies DepartmentFederal University of AgricultureAbeokutaNigeria

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