U.S. Embassy Backs First Climate Resilience Salon in Nigeria

Aug 7, 2023 | 2023 Elections | 0 comments

Last WEEK, the U.S. Consulate General funded the inaugural Nigerian Climate Resilience Salon, which brought together women-led groups, climate-tech startups, and public and private sector leaders fighting climate change in their communities.

Shelley Taylor, a Silicon Valley technology veteran, and Folawemi Umunna, an alumnus of the U.S. Department of State-funded International Visitors Leadership Program, created the Nigerian Climate Resilience Salon with funding from the Consulate General of Lagos.

On the occasion, U.S. Embassy Deputy Political and Economic Director Kenise Hill said involving women in climate action would help establish a sustainable and fair future. Hill said that Nigerians and Americans have a concern for the environment.

U.S. Embassy Deputy Political and Economic Director Kenise Hill said climate change is a global problem. “We’re delighted to allow this discourse that provides a voice to women with lived experience of climate effects and to support their cooperation with women who have created techniques for increased resilience to identify common answers to our global, shared problem of climate change.”

Taylor, the Nigerian Climate Resilience Salon Convener, said climate change worsens gender inequality and developmental disparities. Women experience climatic shocks and pressures. Thus, they have a particular viewpoint on environmental concerns.

The Climate Resilience Salons assist nonprofit women in turning their work into companies that benefit from climate solutions, boosting their family income and power. Taylor stated that climate tech innovators require support to grow their ideas across borders and countries.

Climate Resilience Salon is a global coalition of partners that hosts events and builds a supportive network to help women address climate change.

The Biden-Harris Administration prioritises environmental protection. The U.S. Mission supports environmental activities.

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