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How Can Climate Change Impact Wildlife Conservation? – Business Post Nigeria

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Climate change, to put it simply, will make wildlife conservation harder. With climate change, animals and plants throughout the world will be significantly impacted, which can cause the extinction of numerous species because they cannot find the basic necessities to live.
Though there is a lot that conservation can do to help plants and animals, it’s going to be necessary to change and adapt as time goes by to keep up with climate change and the impact it will have. Some of the impacts climate change will have include;
Animals Will Move
Researchers are already seeing animals move further than they normally would find comfortable climates, the right homes, and the food they rely on to survive. From fish to much larger animals, moving is not easy to do, as going a little bit further than the normal range can lead to what they’re looking for or an environment that’s not going to support them, and the animals won’t know what it is until they get there.
Anyone can learn more about this by purchasing a sea turtle tracking bracelet and seeing where the turtles are swimming now and in the future. Doing so can also help support conservation efforts, protecting the sea turtles.
Plants Could Have Trouble Growing
Plants are not able to move like animals are, so they’re stuck where they grow. Though seeds can be spread to different areas, changes in the climate will mean fewer seeds are able to take root and grow. They simply won’t have what they need to thrive. This impacts not only crops, which need the right temperatures to grow but all plants, including the trees that work to remove carbon from the air and release clean air. While it might be possible to grow some plants in other areas, there are plants, like mangroves, that only grow in specific areas and that provide benefits that won’t be possible if they are gone.
Tree Loss Could Cause Further Damage
Losing trees could lead to even more damage that can impact wildlife. Mangroves, for instance, are home to various animals and provide benefits to the shoreline where they’re found. Without mangroves, severe weather and erosion will mean the beach ends up disappearing. Sand will be washed away by hurricanes and other severe weather, removing homes and food sources for ocean life. Various tree species provide benefits elsewhere, as well, and their disappearance due to climate change can have a much larger impact than what it looks like at first glance.
Increase in Severe Weather
Researchers are already seeing an increase in severe weather. Hurricanes are larger, pull in more water, and cause more catastrophic damage to coastal areas. The warmer water that occurs due to climate change will cause stronger hurricanes, which will end up causing far more damage. Not only does this lead to billions of dollars of damage for those who live in areas that have hurricanes, but it hurts the wildlife in the area, too.
Plants are damaged or killed, the soil is lost to erosion, plastic and other materials end up in the waters, and animals are killed or lose their home and food sources. The focus after hurricanes is on the human toll taken, but the plants and animals suffer significantly, too. This will only get worse with climate change.
Further Research into Microclimates
Researchers have noticed that some areas have microclimates that are more resistant to climate change than others. Right now, more research is needed to find out how this happens and how the information can be used to benefit wildlife not only in that area but throughout the world.
The hope is that further research into microclimates can lead to a way to lessen the impact climate change has on the world, as well as all of the plants and animals. With the information gained from the research, it may be possible to make changes to conservation that coincide with the changes happening due to climate change.
All of these changes are due to climate change, and some are starting to happen now. Researchers and conservationists are noticing changes in where and how animals live, the plants naturally growing in areas, and more. They’re seeing that adapting to climate change and working to minimize the impact on plants and animals is necessary and that more changes will be needed in the future to protect as many plants and animals as possible.
Though a lot of this seems disheartening, there are things that everyone can do to help. Reducing carbon emissions, recycling as much as possible, minimizing reliance on single-use plastics, and conserving energy are just a few of the ways individuals can reduce their impact on the environment.
Buying from sustainable sources and paying attention to the impact even small actions can have will help reduce the damage being done to the environment and help conservationists do more to protect wildlife throughout the world.
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Nigeria has been rather slow to adopt the concept of mobile money, but with telecoms giants, MTN and Airtel formally commencing MoMo operations, the sector looks set to finally take off in this country.
As the old saying goes, it’s better late than never.
MTN’s mobile money service had been in the works for quite a while, with the company awaiting final approval for a Payment Service Bank (PSB) licence from the Central Bank. That licence has finally been granted, paving the way for the official beginning of MTN’s fintech arm in Nigeria.
Airtel Africa also has obtained its operating licence and has started delivering mobile money services through their fintech product, SmartCash PSB.
With these two heavyweights now firmly in the game, Nigeria is set to take some very significant steps in the mobile money market in the coming months and years.
We are still some distance behind continental top dogs, Kenya and Ghana, but with the sizable population advantage Nigeria has over those countries, we will be running them close in the next few years.
Having said that, it will be easy to close the gap between Kenya’s monstrous mobile money industry and to a lesser extent, Ghana.
Not only are they the biggest mobile money markets in Africa, but they are also among the largest in the world.
Kenya, through Safaricom’s M-Pesa, is a global leader in the mobile money game, while Ghana, with MTN, Vodafone and Airtel Tigo are not too far behind.
Like MTN said in their statement, mobile money will enable millions of unbanked Nigerians to access a wide range of financial services and products.
With mobile money, you don’t need a bank account. You don’t even need an internet connection. Making payments or transferring money via this means is similar to sending a simple SMS on your phone. This is why it is such a great payment system.
As we have seen from the Kenyan and Ghanaian examples, mobile money significantly improves financial inclusion in the country, enabling many more people, both in rural and urban communities, to make financial transactions.
A 2006 release from the Central Bank of Kenya revealed that only 27% of Kenyan adults had access to formal financial services. That figure has now shot up to over 80%, majorly due to M-Pesa.
That is the sort of impact mobile money can make.
With people able to make payments more easily, businesses will generally grow, and the economy will be better for that.
Many other sectors, from the power generation sector to the gambling industry, will also benefit from the imminent mobile money revolution in Nigeria.
In Kenya for example, gambling, especially sports betting, has become a huge revenue generator, thanks to the effect of M-Pesa. The story is not too dissimilar to Ghana.
At the moment, the most popular payment method on online betting sites in Nigeria is deposit via ATM cards, but do not be surprised if, in a few years’ time, mobile money platforms like MTN and Airtel take over.
Mobile money is still very much a foreign concept to many Nigerians, and it will take some time before the average citizen gets used to it. When that finally happens, Nigeria will take some stopping.
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By Jerome-Mario Chijioke Utomi
At a time like this, there is a compelling need to evaluate our politics and governance via a broader view of the people’s paramount concerns and legitimate expectations in order to unravel its values of fiscal discipline, prudent management, robust and continuous community engagement, effective and efficient public communication, and excellent public service delivery for the benefit of this generation and the next.
Despite this logical, rational and practical belief, one is bound to face confusion in doing this as there is no codified word or structured documentation adequate enough to evaluate a public office holder. This fact notwithstanding, there exists two recent factors and actors that triggered systematic determination by this piece to subject the activities of the Delta State government to merit, worth and significance, using criteria governed by a set of standards.
The first is a comment credited to a friend from the western part of the country but on a temporal official assignment in Asaba, the Delta State capital, and a journey which avails him the fortunate opportunity to, among other things, witness the ongoing construction works by the state at the New Corker/Asaba flyover/exchange.
Relaying his experience/impression about the state government’s effort, he said; “when the flyover is completed and functional, not will the Governor save and serve his people, he will proudly join the leagues of Governor Ibikunle Amosun and Rotimi Akeredolu, former Governor of Ogun state and, the incumbent Governor of Ondo state respectively, who in their quest to save lives constructed in their respective states, flyovers across the ever busy Lagos/Onitsha expressways. The three (Amosun, Akeredolu and Okowa) will be remembered by generations yet unborn as authentic leaders that had as paramount, the safety of their subjects.”
The second source of inspiration for this piece is the full text of the second term inauguration speech of Delta Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa, a document I read a few days ago.
In a referenced speech, Okowa said in parts; “the oath of service that I just took is more than an official function or constitutional requirement; it is a covenant between us, a covenant to build a Stronger Delta in which we can freely – and confidently – pursue our dreams of prosperity and happiness in a safe and secure environment.
“When I took this oath four years ago, it was in a time of general unease. The national economy was in distress, unemployment was high, the infrastructure deficit was intimidating, the education sector was hard pressed, and there was palpable despair in the land. It was a test of our desire, our resolve and our preparedness to deliver the prosperity we promised the electorate.
“I spoke to you then of building a diversified and self-reliant economy that will withstand the shocks occasioned by the physical, social and economic changes that have become a recurring decimal in the 21st century.
“After a holistic review of past development frameworks and several consultations with various stakeholders, we launched the Delta State Medium Term Development Plan with key strategic imperatives to drive rapid infrastructural development, engender inclusive economic growth, reduce the worrisome high level of youth unemployment and pervasive poverty, and improve the general well-being of all Deltans.”
Looking at the above speech by no other than the Governor himself, will elicit the question of how well has the governor made good his word to unlock – and unleash – youth entrepreneurship through technical/vocational education? What level of impact has the Governor’s executive bill presented in 2015, for the establishment of a Technical and Vocational Education Board, to drive our policy emphasis on skills acquisition presented by the governor created in the lives of Deltans?
How true is the Governor’s claim that in his first term, his administration was quite busy with road and physical infrastructure construction of the most vital interest and consequence, through the Ministries of Works, Urban Renewal and the Delta State Capital Territory Development Agency, Governor Okowa’s administration embarked on a total of 455 projects comprising 1,269.42 kilometres of roads and 517.34 kilometres of drainage channels? And that as of April 30 2019, 263 of these roads, covering 638.23 kilometres of roads and 295.71 kilometres of associated drains. Is it also true that the Direct Labour Agency under Governor Okowa’s administration also made great strides in the development of road infrastructure during this period?
Or devoted substantial resources, time and energy to build a knowledge-based economy and a critical mass of skills for entrepreneurship and the business competitiveness of which over 20,000 persons benefited from our flagship Skills Training and Entrepreneurship Programme (STEP), Youth Agricultural Entrepreneurs Programme (YAGEP) and similar programmes undertaken by the Ministries of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Commerce and Industry, Women Affairs as well as the Delta State Micro Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency?
Did Okowa truly as claimed overhaul the curriculum in state-owned tertiary institutions to include courses in personal development and problem-solving? And in the course of his first tenure, engineered Delta State University to receive full accreditation for the Faculties of Law and Engineering at Oleh Campus as well as other departments at the Abraka Campus?
Can Deltans in deed and in truth say that Governor Okowa has built a Stronger Delta in which all can freely – and confidently – pursue their dreams of prosperity and happiness in a safe and secure environment?
Providing answers to these questions is the objective of this piece.
Essentially, if emotion can give way to objective analysis, two observations seem to stand out; my friend’s observation about development in the state as underlined above may be apt just as information contained in Okowa’s referenced speech appears accurate.
Secondly, the present administration has a sincere desire to move the people forward. This fact is evident in its clear definition of the problem facing the people, the goals to be achieved, and the means chosen to address the problems and achieve the goals. Also, the system has definite consideration for connecting the poor with good means of livelihood-food, jobs, and security. This is the only possible explanation for this situation.
Take, as an illustration, in the area of education, evidence abounds that as a result of the work of the Technical and Vocational Education Board in conjunction with the supervising Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education, the six technical colleges in Agbor, Sapele, Ofagbe, Utagba-Ogbe, Ogor and Issele-Uku have been fully rehabilitated, well equipped and fully functional.
Consequently, Delta State is the first in the country to have all of the courses offered by its technical colleges accredited by the National Board for Technical Education (NBTE).
Furthermore, the National Business and Technical Education Board (NABTEB) has commenced the issuance of modular certificates and NABTEB certificates to the graduates of these schools while Trade Test Certificates for practical proficiency are issued by the Ministry of Labour and Productivity. This is to ensure a unified standard of certification for the graduate trainees.
Today, with improved linkages and partnerships, all Six Technical Colleges now enjoy World Bank/SEEFOR funding support. They run vocational programmes thus positioning them as Vocational Enterprise Institutes (VEIs) and for the National Vocational Qualification Framework (NVQF).
For the full and effective utilisation of personnel, equipment and instructional facilities, Junior Secondary education (JS 1-3) has been incorporated into the technical colleges. Let me also hasten to add that the vocational education centres in Asaba, Sapele, Ozoro, Agbarho, Bulu-Angiama and Otor-Owhe, Mbiri, Ubulu-Uku and Orerokpe are enjoying a new lease of life.
To be continued.
Jerome-Mario Chijioke Utomi is the Programme Coordinator (Media and Public Policy), Social and Economic Justice Advocacy (SEJA), Lagos. He can be reached via jeromeutomi@yahoo.com/08032725374
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By Kenneth Horsfall
Why brands should aim to tell a story, to live a purpose (and not just sell products)
Storytelling enables marketers to develop a deeper connection with the audience. Storytelling is a fundamental human experience that unites people and drives stronger and deeper connections.
From the earliest recorded history, storytelling was a method used by cavemen to communicate, educate, share, and connect. As an example, think about Suburu’s ads which communicate “love” through a series of ads that establishes the car brand as a symbol of caring for those you love. Whether it’s a father caring for his son or daughter, or a parent caring for their beloved pet, the series of ads are more about what the brand represents to the family than the horsepower that the car delivers. By communicating the brand through stories, Suburu is able to elevate the meaning of the brand and better crystalize how it fits into customers’ lives.
Not just that, storytelling is a powerful method for learning. As marketers, we should always be seeking to learn more about the world we live in, the brands that we represent, and the consumers that we serve.
One of the things that is unique about stories is that they transmit knowledge and meaning. We learn from observations, and first-hand experiences, and by sharing those experiences through stories. Storytelling can be a powerful tool that enables marketers to understand what is going on in the marketplace and what that means for the customer, consumer, society, brand, and company.
In addition to being an important strategic tool, storytelling can be an important tactical tool that lets marketers engage consumers in a fragmented media world. Because there is such media fragmentation, consumers are not just looking for different experiences but different delivery. Why should a consumer give you, their time? Storytelling isn’t just a creative approach to marketing. It gives your consumers a totally different entry into your brand.
Now, understanding the importance of storytelling, what makes an engaging story? How do marketers create a desired feeling and experience for their consumers to help drive brand connection?
Matthew Luhn, story consultant and animator, known for his work in Pixar movies such as Toy Story, Ratatouille and Inside Out, shares five core elements he believes all great stories should possess:
    Hook
    Character transformation
    Connection with the audience
    Authenticity
    Structure
Hook:
The hook relates to the story’s core theme. In essence, what is it that’s going to draw people in and make them compelled to see what is about to unfold? Luhn explains it usually needs to be something unusual or unexpected as to immediately grab the audience’s attention.
Character transformation:
Once you have captured the attention of the audience, it is important to take them on a journey. Stories inspire transformation. People tend to live vicariously through characters. It is therefore essential to question; what is the message we are hoping to convey and how will this advertisement effect a change in the consumer?
Connection with the audience:
A story may be expertly crafted in hook and transformation, but if you don’t truly understand the audience you are trying to appeal to, it is likely to become lost or ignored. It’s not simply a case of knowing demographics either, a strong comprehension of things like audience values and motivators is critical for connection.
Authenticity
Authenticity is perhaps one of the most difficult aspects of storytelling in marketing, Consumers are often wary that they are being advertised to, it is therefore important to communicate something that comes from a piece of truth, based on enduring insight, rather than something that feels manufactured.
Structure
Finally, how the story is told is critical for its success. Simply put, structures that comprise a set-up, conflict and pay-off are believed to be most effective in storytelling.
Here’s some examples of brands using storytelling to great effect
Johnnie Walker – The Man Who Walked Around The World

Google – Helping You Help Them

Final Thoughts
Brand storytelling is the key to leaving a lasting impression on your audience. A good story can captivate a listener in ways that no facts or data ever could.
Reassess your current marketing strategy and ask yourself where you could incorporate more stories into each campaign. If you need inspiration, just turn to your team or customers for entertaining stories.
Or, if you want someone with years of experience telling stories, contact the kennysoft STUDIOs team today. We can help you tell your brand’s story in a more compelling manner and deliver the desired message to your audience.
Kenneth Horsfall is the creative director and founder of K.S. Kennysoft Studios Production Ltd fondly called Kennysoft STUDIOs. Kennysoft STUDIOs is a Nigerian Video and Animation Production Studio. He is also the founder and lead instructor at Kennysoft Film Academy and can be reached via director@kennysoftstudio.com
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