Promoting Environmental Justice



Nigeria is considered 58th most vulnerable and the 22nd least ready nation to adapt to the threats of climate change. Vulnerabilities include exposure, sensitivity and adaptive capacity. An estimated 25% of Nigerians live in the exposed coastal region – a hub for economic activity and source of 90% of foreign income.

Poor governance and minimal stakeholder engagement have remained the biggest challenges to climate readiness in Nigeria. Many key stakeholders lack awareness and understanding of the impacts of climate change on food security and the imperative for resilience. Government has also been unable to galvanize public and private stakeholders around a framework for climate resilient agriculture.

Responding to climate threats requires collective action. Government must provide leadership by creating and championing a framework with clear goals, roles and responsibilities. Platforms for engagement are required to achieve climate readiness, improve decision making, develop strategies and ensure implementation.

With the success of Nowhere to Run: Nigeria’s Climate and Environmental Crisis, and Swallow: Food Security in Nigeria’s Changing Climate, the Foundation has raised the profile of national and international discourse, drawing crucial attention to what is now a crisis for many Nigerian communities.

Swallow: Food Security in Nigeria’s Changing Climate

Swallow explores challenges to food security resulting from our changing climate, inadequate infrastructure and traditional 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.  

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

Food Security Infographic Report

The threat of climate change to Nigeria’s economy and food systems is compounding Nigeria’s fragility risks. Deteriorating crop yields and poor agricultural capacity continue to fuel a growing dependency on food imports. With its estimated population of 180 million projected to balloon to 400 million by 2050, Nigeria’s food security challenge requires urgent attention in order to avert a major food crisis.  Download Report

Hausa Translation

Igbo Translation

Yoruba Translation

Pidgin Translation

French Subtitles

Translated versions of Swallow were broadcast on 37 local television stations and reached an estimated 25 million viewers.

International Screenings

S & D Africa Week, 2018

Nigerian Embassy, Brussels, 2018

EU International Cooperation and Development (DEVCO), 2018

Consulate General of Nigeria,
Atlanta, 2019

BOKU University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna, 2019

University of Oxford, London, 2019

Nigerian Permanent Mission to the UN, New York, 2019


National Screenings

Silverbird Galleria, Lagos

Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library, Abeokuta

Novotel Hotel, Port Harcourt

Ibis Royal Hotel, Owerri

Gusau Institute, Kaduna

American University of Nigeria, Yola

Igbinedion University, Okada

Nasarawa State University, Keffi

Lagos Business School, Lagos

Public Policy Forum

The event addressed and explored solutions to the compounding effects of climate change on food security and land conflict in Nigeria.


Nowhere to Run: Nigeria’s Climate and Environmental Crisis

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 37 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


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 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.

University of Port Harcourt, Rivers State

Umaru Musa Yar’Adua University, Katsina State

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

University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Enugu State

British High Commissioner’s Residence, Abuja

Kaduna State Government House, Kaduna State

University of Ibadan, Oyo State

Eko Hotel – WAPIC Conference, Lagos State

Bells University of Technology, Ota, Ogun State

Niger Delta University, Amasoma, Bayelsa

Igbinedion University, Okada, Edo State

University of Benin, Benin City, Edo State

Nassarawa State Univeristy, Keffi

Baze University, Abuja

Lagos Business School, Ajah, Lagos