The Dawn Project has kick-started the 2021 edition of its annual competition targeted at raising consciousness about the need to protect the environment from climate change.
Its theme for this year ‘Climate Change: Poetry and Pictures – A View from the Heart and Eyes’… was announced as part of the celebration of the World Poetry Day held at the LUFASI Park Lagos.
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The competition challenges participants to generate emotionally and visually gripping messages around climate change using poetry and imagery.
Dr. Pamela Ajayi, President of the Healthcare Federation of Nigeria and founder of the project, said: “The Dawn Project aims to use Poetry and the Arts to imbue a love for nature and the desire to effect change into others who previously did not realise the impact our actions are having on the world. The competition this year is different because we are all going to write our own poems and create our own pictures.”
The drivers also partnered with the Lagos State Environment Protection Agency (LASEPA) to widen the scope of the competition this year.
LASPA General Manager, Dr. Dolapo Fasawe charged students, youths and the general public to take full advantage of the opportunity the competition offers.
“There is a global emergency towards mother earth, the climate and environment. We have done enough damage and it is fighting us back.”
Mrs Angela Emuwa, Chairman of Punch, a collaborating group said participants – both children and adults – are to write a creative poem or capture a visual that illustrates some of the issues surrounding climate change, environmental crisis and ecological topics.