ERWAP - The leader in climate change education in Nigeria
ERWAP Energy Initiative is a climate change education program and an arm of ERWAP Energy Biofuels, a renewable energy social enterprise established to create air pollution mortality awareness and enable a clean energy access in underserved areas of Africa most especially Nigeria and the Republic of Benin.
ERWAP Energy Initiative is a climate change adaptation facilitator and NGO working with policy makers, individuals, health workers, teachers, students and government officials to make sure everyone has the climate change education needed to survive in a world where air pollution has killed - and will continue to kill - millions of people if left unabated.
At ERWAP Energy Initiative we believe that the fight against climate change cannot be successful if the "local population" does not have the ability/education to fully understand the threat
or understand what climate change is all about. These people are an essential ally in the climate change battle. In a world where many people do not take climate change seriously there is a need to enable a climate change education program that will positively change the behavioral patterns and health damaging acts instigated by humans against the environment. An aware society is paramount to combating climate change. Hence the birth of ERWAP Energy Initiative.
At ERWAP we work towards making everyone climate change literate. Because becoming a climate change literate is the first major step toward tackling the consequences of global warming.
The Beautiful Beginning of The Climate Change Battle
For Rashida A. Bamgbola the dream to start ERWAP started in class while Rashida was studying for a masters degree in Energy Economics. Her studies at at the University of Ibadan, Oyo state, Nigeria, focused on the area of energy & environment.
A video documentary on air pollution mortality from cooking demonstrating the negative affect on African women and children shown by her then lecturer led to her thinking of a solution. From that ERWAP (Environment Resource Waste Against Pollution) was born. ERWAP was initially conceived as EWAP (Energize Women for Africa Project). Targeted at enabling bio-friendly energy access for African women and turning African waste resources to a renewable cooking fuel ... solving air pollution crisis from cooking using the traditional cooking method while directly attacking the air pollution crisis from the burning of wastes. Her mentor and friend inspired her to make it ERWAP. Indeed she likes the idea of renaming to ERWAP, ERWAP Energy Initiative is an arm Of ERWAP Energy Biofuels and it’s established to enable climate change education and adaptation in Africa. We believe that the climate change crisis cannot be reduced if the locals do not receive proper climate change education.
The ERWAP Energy Initiative Program aims to enable climate change education and adaptation in Communities across Africa, starting from Oyo State, Nigeria.
OUR MISSION & VISION
To become the leading climate change education advancement organization at the grassroots by 2030
To create a sustainable, healthy future for the women and children of Nigeria while eradicating energy poverty in disadvantaged people homes
The Emergence of Mobile-Powered Awareness Campaigns for Air Pollution Control"
Three in ten people surveyed by ERWAP reported difficulty in stopping their neighbors from burning waste in open air in their communities, workplaces, and businesses. To address this issue, ERWAP initiated the "Mobile-Enabled Awareness Campaign Request" to empower individuals to address the problem of indiscriminate waste burning. Many are hesitant to confront their neighbors about this issue, hence the creation of the "Call to Schedule an Air Pollution Awareness Campaign."
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