14th October, 2011
Prof. Isaac Adewole, Vice Chancellor, University of Ibadan, on has said that the current flood disasters in Africa are caused by unguided interaction between man and the environment.
Adewole made the statement while declaring open a three-day conference on climate change, organised by Alexander Von Humboldt Foundation, (AVH Kollege) Germany, in conjunction with the University of Ibadan.
The theme of the conference was: Climate Change and Sustainable Development: Cultural and Techno-Environmental Response in West Africa.
He said that natural disasters could be curtailed if sustainable knowledge and human environment interaction was assured.
â€œThe robust ability and limit of the environment to adjust itself to undesirable manipulation by humans cannot be over stretched.
â€œAt a point, the environment is bound to respond, the response of which the whole world is experiencing right now,â€ Adewole said.
He urged the participants in the conference to ensure that the outcome of the conference yielded maximum benefit to humanity, scholarship and research.
The Chairman of the occasion, Prof. Kayode Adebowale, said that climate change has continued to pose a serious challenge for the world.
â€œIt is an environmental, social, economic, energy, food, political, ethical and moral problem.
â€œIt is a crisis perpetuated and fuelled by the endless pursuit of growth and prosperity, so ultimately the world faces not just climate crisis, but a crisis of sustainability,â€ Adebowale said.