Nigeria is on the frontlines of climate change impacts. The country is one of the most affected in the world, with deserts moving in and droughts getting worse in the north and floods happening every year in the south. Oil and gas extraction has made environmental conditions worse. The Niger Delta, which has one of the most delicate ecosystems in the world, has been ruined by routine gas flaring and oil spills. In other parts of the country, artisanal mining is driving a new wave of pollution and poisoning communities.
Climate and environmental issues have not always been on the political agenda in Nigeria, which is a shame. Ahead of the 2023 elections in Nigeria, the situation is the same.
‘Business as Usual’ examines the climate change and environmental commitments of Nigeria’s 18 registered political parties and presidential candidates.