CLIMATE ADVOCACY
Promoting Environmental Justice

 

Swallow: Food Security in Nigeria’s Changing Climate

Green Carpet Premiere

Shehu Musa Yar’Adua Centre

April 11, 2018

Swallow explores challenges to food security resulting from our changing climate, inadequate infrastructure and poor agricultural practices. From the declining number of fish in the Niger Delta to underweight cattle in the north and insufficient rice, wheat and vegetables, the way we feed ourselves is not sustainable. We do not grow, breed or use the land efficiently enough to support our ever-growing population; estimated at 450 million people by 2050.

Supported by the European Union and the Open Society Initiative for West Africa, the film features inspiring stories and explores innovative agriculture to galvanize Nigerians to address challenges, opportunities and solutions to our food security.

NoWhere to Run

Nigeria faces a looming climate and environmental crisis that it can no longer afford to ignore. Creeping effects of climate change and concurrent environmental degradation on communities across the country, unchecked for many years, pose significant socio-economic, political and sustainable development dilemmas for the nation. Climate Advocacy engages relevant stakeholders in order to galvanize action in response to challenges posed by these threats.

Nowhere to Run: Nigeria’s Climate and Environmental Crisis tells the story of environmental threats and unique challenges to Nigeria from the perspective of affected communities, connecting the dots between climate, environmental degradation and security.  Awards include the Grand Jury Prize for Best Overall Documentary, 2016 Green Me Film Festival, Lagos and Best Documentary Award (2016) at the African Film Festival, Dallas, Texas; Africa International Film Festival (AFRIFF); Eko International Film Festival and Nigeria Integrity Film Awards.  NowhereToRunNG

Nowhere to Run has been translated into Hausa, Yoruba, Igbo and Pidgin in order to make its message accessible to non-English speakers. It was broadcast on local TV stations across the nation.

Response to the film has been extraordinary. Honourable Amina Mohammed, Minister of Environment has described Nowhere to Run as 'shocking, tragic, heart-breaking but ultimately hopeful'.


Hausa Translation


Yoruba Translation


Igbo Translation


Pidgin Translation

Awards

Climate Advocacy Report 2016

Galvanising climate action in Nigeria: Environmental justice and Food Security

An estimated 75% of the 30 million inhabitants of the Niger Delta live along the coastal area and survive mainly on fishing and farming. Oil spills and gas flaring have contributed significantly to water pollution in the Niger Delta. Rain water as well as waters in the streams and lakes are polluted with high levels of benzene, NO2 SO2 and CO2. This has led to a decline in the region’s biodiversity, which once contained one of the highest concentrations of biodiversity on the continent.
Oil spills have led to the formation of oil slicks on the surface of the water, reducing the dissolution of oxygen and causing fish to suffocate.  Download Report

 

The documentary has been screened in locations across Nigeria as well as international events including; COP21, Paris; African Film Festival, Dallas, Texas; The U.S Institute of Peace(USIP), International Republican Institute (IRI), American University/John Hopkins (SAIS), and National Democratic Institute (NDI), Washington, DC; Nigerians in the Diaspora, Linden, New Jersey; MacArthur Foundation/Chicago Council on Global Affairs Chicago, Illinois; DEVCO External Cooperation InfoPoint, and the Nigerian Embassy, Brussels.

International Screenings


Dan McCain, Core Productions, Amara Nwankpa, Ken Saro-Wiwa, Jr., Narrator,
Vice President Al Gore, Jacqueline Farris, Producer and Hannah Kabir at COP21


Julia Stasch, MacArthur Foundation President, introducing the film at the
Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art

National Documentary Screenings

The Foundation partnered with the European Union, Canada Funds for Local Initiatives and Open Society Initiative for West Africa to organize documentary screenings in 15 locations across Nigeria. An important milestone was the screening at the Nigerian Governor’s Forum on November 7, 2016. Twenty-five Governors and nine Deputy Governors watched the film and discussed its message at a press conference that followed their meeting. Members of the National Economic Council also received copies of the documentary.

Location

Date

Attendance

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1

University of Port Harcourt, Rivers State

15.9.2016

850

52,512

24,000

2

Umaru Musa Yar’Adua University, Katsina State

13.10.2016

350

23,052

64,109

3

Niger Delta Development Forum, Concorde Hotel, Owerri, Imo State

19.10.2016

120

 

 

4

University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Enugu State

31.10.2016

1,000

50,064

63,865

5

British High Commissioner’s Residence, Abuja

2.11.2016

30

 

 

6

Kaduna State Government House, Kaduna State

3.11.2016

100

61,552

108,040

7

University of Ibadan, Oyo State

14.11.2016

150

43,296

76,690

8

Eko Hotel – WAPIC Conference, Lagos State

22.11.2016

100

10,448

196,217

9

Bells University of Technology, Ota, Ogun State

24.11.2016

850

89,071

76,889

10

Niger Delta University, Amasoma, Bayelsa

29.11.2016

350

18,811

30,031

11

Igbinedion University, Okada, Edo State

6.12.2016

120

20,776

46,075

12

University of Benin, Benin City, Edo State

7.12.2016

1,100

22,512

46,075

13

Nassarawa State Univeristy, Keffi

18.1.2017

550

43,936

31,891

14

Baze University, Abuja

20.1.2017

300

43,760

45,912

15

Lagos Business School, Ajah, Lagos

3.2.2017

100

 

 

 

Total

 

6,070

553,790

809,794