Tell us about yourself and your interest or involvement with the Earth Charter.
My name is Victor Igonoh, I am 33 years old and I work as a Human Resources Manager with an online gaming company in Lagos Nigeria. A couple of months ago, I was out of a job for a while and in the process discovered a large industry neglected by so many in Nigeria - the metal scrap recycling industry.
I was able to make a living from gathering and selling scrap metal to small recyclers, and through that discovered the opportunities as well as dangers in scrap metal handling. I learnt that as profitable as they may seem, most ferrous and nonferrous metals could be equally harmful as they contain dangerous substances that are capable of harming not just human life but also our environment.
As a result, I started work on 2 projects: The first is building an online platform (first of its kind currently under construction), to unite all dealers and enthusiasts of scrap metal in Nigeria to explore the possibility of building the largest scrap collection in the country that would create a scrap pool for new recycling businesses utilize. Secondly, we are working to start a foundation alongside that will advocate for the environment and sensitize our people on the gains of recycling not just being financial but also obligatory to the earth that accommodates us. For example, one of most reliable sources of drinking water in Nigeria is from Wells and Boreholes drilled in individual home backyards, while pubic boreholes are drilled in public places. Some of these homes and public places were once dump yards and landfills before development opened them up, which meant that all sorts of waste has been dumped in the past and had decomposed into the soil due to lack of recycling efforts. We eventually build homes in these places, sink boreholes, and drink of water from the same earth we once polluted, hence we have all sorts of diseases and ailments we cannot account for. We need to talk to our people, and our message is simple, that 'we all owe the earth an obligation to protect 'her', and that you could even get paid for protecting earth, so let your scrap pay you!" We also want to tell the people that our children and generations unborn will not forgive us for the harm we cause daily to the 'Earth' we intend to leave for them. Estates and large bank accounts may sound like great legacies, but of what use is the money when you cannot breathe clean air or get clean water to drink despite all the money?
The above a snippets of what the foundation seeks to achieve once launched in June 2014.
It is therefore my hope that I will meet people of like minds on the Earth Charter Community Network, with whom I can share ideas, get access to materials and get inspiration to pursue this course.
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If you are a network creator would you be interested in helping co-admin this network?
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