Environmental engineers ask govt to deploy AI for climate change advocacy
By Ojugbele Omotunde
The Oyo State Chapter of the Nigerian Institution of Environmental Engineers (NIEE) has underscored the potential of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in combatting climate change, with Dr. Olusola Ayoola, founder of Robotics and Artificial Intelligence Nigeria (RAIN), highlighting its application in flood forecasting models.
Dr. Ayoola outlined several strategies to address climate change, including remote work, virtual reality, paperless economies, AI flood prediction, eco-friendly construction, and renewable energy sources.
He emphasized the need for communities to intensify efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and mitigate conflicts arising from resource scarcity due to climate change, underscoring the importance of addressing climate change comprehensively in daily life.
Nureni Ogunyemi, the national chairman of NIEE, commended the Lagos State Government for banning single-use plastics and styrofoam, emphasizing the urgency of eliminating non-biodegradable materials.
Drawing attention to Lagos State’s proactive measures in protecting its residents from non-biodegradable waste, he urged the Oyo State chapter to collaborate with the state government to establish a sustainable environment in Oyo State.
Dr. AbdulWasiu Ajagbe, Chairman of the NIEE Oyo State Chapter, highlighted AI’s potential to mitigate the effects of climate change.
He stressed the importance of AI applications across various disciplines to foster a sustainable environment and emphasized the need to rethink humanity’s relationship with the environment and improve solid waste management practices.
Dr. Ajagbe emphasized that AI applications have the capacity to mitigate the adverse effects of climate change across all aspects of life.