Book…… GEFTY: A how-to manual for the environment

The simple purpose of the book Green Education for the Youth or GEFTY for short, is ‘Uplifting the Environment’ as it is stated on the cover. What better way than to do it by making the youth better informed. This 54-page book by Olufunso Amosun sure packs a punch.

Green Education for the Youth, GEFTY is a publication by Olufunso Amosun, wife of the Ogun State Governor, Ibikunle Amosu. Launched on May 27, 2013, Children’s Day, it is aimed at driving the fight against the serious abuse and desecration of the environment in Ogun State and beyond.

It is evident that the planet has become worse off from activities of human, with many adding up not just to deplete the ozone layer but to violate the entire environment in a way that leaves humanity prone to dangerous trends in years to come. With the environment in dire need of advocates and volunteers, GEFTY is a step in the right direction.

GEFTY, an acronym for the book, is also the fond name for the project that campaigns against environmental abuse. It is a radical way of putting the issue on the front burner to make many young people aware and imbibe what is to be done in order to help everyone contribute their quota to protecting the environment.

As the GEFTY approach indicates, the fate of the environment would be substantially better off if we all see it as something we are entrusted with by the creator or nature, depending on which side of the fence you sit.

And for this, Amosun is not only aware enough to reach out to the public, beginning from her Ogun State location but she is equally interested and involved in the process.

With the green environment euphemism for a healthy environment as its mantra, the publication takes off by telling the youth to join in the fight against activities that endanger the environment in a lot of ways.

Urging them to keep the 3Rs at heart, the clear message from GEFTY is that reducing waste production, salvaging what can be reused and recycling when possible are three important ways of keeping the planet safe for all of us. Even through its dedication, which many people in Amosun’s shoes would dedicate to a loved one, the need for a green environment burns really bright.

“The book is dedicated to the glory of God, for the purpose of saving our planet, through pursuance of a greener environment, by empowering our youth to imbibe and cultivate the green culture”, the dedication page states. Although nothing could be clearer on where the author’s passion lies with such a dedication, a foreword written by Dr. Victor Fodeke, the Hubert H. Humphrey/ Ashoka Fellow who is also technical adviser on Climate Change for the African Union Commission lends ample credence to how important the issue is for Amosun.

“It is universally accepted that the global environment has its most profound effect on children and young people; consequently, environmentally aware, empowered children and adolescents are potentially the greatest change agents for the long-term protection and stewardship of the earth”, Fodeke writes on Page VI. And in truth, young people, on account of the vibrancy and the confidence they exude, can do an awful lot to bring to an end the acts that destroy our planet on daily basis.

According to ‘United Nations Environment Programme (2013) Global Outlook: Environment for the Future We Want’; “Our planet now hosts more than seven billion people and that number is expected to rise to some nine billion by 2050. The decisions young people make today and in the near future will be central in determining the long-term viability of sustainable development”.

That outlook of how much the youth can do if they take the matter on once getting adequate understanding of the issues being discussed says a lot about how much they can do individually which eventually adds up to the collective.

This is further corroborated by a UNEP report of 2007 cited by the book that “more than 46 percent of the world’s population is now younger than 25 years old; this means over a billion individuals in all”.

With important areas like Swap to Green Habits, Conserve Resources, Conserve Energy, Reduce Waste Production, Reduce Pollution, Reuse Whatever You Can, Recycle When Possible, Learn About Recycling, Plant A Tree, Anti- Green Actions, Deforestation, Carbon Footprints, Global Warming & Climate Change, Greenhouse Gases, Fossil Fuels, Green Empathy for the Less Privileged and others touched, GEFTY is an important handbook to have at hand. Looking at it as a small publication, the sincerity and passion-driven zeal that Olufunso Amosun brings into the fight against anti-green activities is what makes this publication desirable.

With ample pictorial representation, perhaps its greatest advantage lies in its easy-to read and small size that makes the book attractive to every young person.


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