Engineers Challenged On Climate Change Consequences…Urged to Come Up with Solutions
The Rector of The Federal Polytechnic Ado-Ekiti, Dr Temitope John Alake has challenged Engineers and other earth scientists to explore and deploy engineering tools to combat the climate change consequences bedeviling the globe.
Dr Alake gave this charge in his opening remark at the Maiden International conference of Engineering and Earth Sciences organised by the school of Engineering , Federal Polytechnic Ado-Ekiti with the theme : “ Climate and Environmental changes: Emerging Advances in Engineering and Earth Sciences Management held on Tuesday 1st August,2023. H e was hopeful that the resource persons would be impactful and come up with far reaching recommendations and solutions to mitigate the effects.
The keynote presenter, Dr Isaac Oladipo in his paper titled: Using Engineering, Science and Technology to combat Climate change: the journey so far”, stated that planting of trees, irrigation of plant crops at the instance of drought, construction of dams and other ecological practices against flood, the embrace of renewable energy, waste management control measures, among others will help conserve the natural environment and further mitigate the effects of climate change.
The expert in water Resources and Environmental Engineering, and a chief lecturer in the department of Agriculture and Bio Environmental in his final submission postulated that combating the menace of climate change could be better achieved with the inclusion of climate change in our education curriculum, by this he said, everyone would be able to adapt and engage in practices that will lessen the effects.
Speaking also at the conference, Prof Philip Oguntunde from the Federal University of Technology Akure, in a lead paper presentation titled “Climate and Environmental changes: Emerging Advances in Engineering and Earth Sciences for Appropriate Response” Pontificated that Engineering and Scientific tools such as A.I ,machine learning, big data analysis are panacea to combating climate change consequences.
According to the Don, these tools must be integrated into the curricular of academic institutions with a view to enhancing 21st Century learning and combating the changes.
In his welcome address, the Dean, school of Engineering, Dr Rasheed Adeshina Adebimpe stated that the carefully selected theme of the conference would help address worldwide issues bedeviling the global community as he also hoped decisions and activities of the conference will help concerned authorities in making informed decisions to combat this global menace.