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FW: Lagos leads Nigeria on Climate Change

Aisha-Nana Salaudeen

Aisha-Nana Salaudeen

Aisha is trying to figure out how to tell as many impact stories as possible in different forms.

This article is part of our #FirstWord series to provide context on trending news.


Lagos state, alongside eight other African cities, recently pledged to deliver emission cuts to meet the climate change targets in the Paris Agreement by 2050.

The other major cities that signed the agreement are Accra, Cape Town,  Durban, Dar es Salaam, Dakar, Addis Ababa and Tshwane.

What is the Paris Agreement?

The aim of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change is to tighten the global response to climate change by establishing an international network of government bodies - all dedicated to lowering emissions. The agreement was developed with a flexible framework to allow individual countries develop their own climate strategies.

As a means of enforcement, the world’s worst polluters will be financially accountable for their chemical contribution to climate change. The more the pollution, the higher the cost. The rate is set at $150 per tonne of carbon emission. The idea here is to place a penalty so that more cities will take the agreement seriously.

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