Net in Asia-Pacific, COPERNICUS Alliance in Europe, ARIUSA in Latin America and the Caribbean in order to build capacity, share experiences and expand the influence of education for sustainable development.
More recently, the United Nations Environment Programme, or UNEP, created the Global Universities Partnership on Environment for Sustainability GUPES a network of 370 universities across the globe to implement environment and sustainability practices into the curricula.
In spite of the extensive generation of noise in urban areas of Nigeria, surprisingly little research and documentation exist on the nature and extent of noise generation activities, their accompanying impacts and the implication for urban communities and their residents. In order to achieve sustainable urban development in Nigeria there is need to combat the main sources of noise pollution in Nigerian urban areas both at Local Government level and Federal Government level. This study reveals high noise level in Ilorin metropolis. A number of action plans can be taken to abate the environmental (traffic) noise pollution in this city. The possible technical and of course most effective control measures to abate noise pollution in Ilorin metropolis and in Nigerian urban cities in general are discussed below.
The Nigerian experience as far as the sustainable development of its cities is concerned is quite appalling. The challenges to sustainable built-up environment in Nigeria cities and urban areas are embodied in urbanization. Among the common negative consequences resulting from urbanization is environmental noise pollution. The urban environmental noise pollution simply entails all what make the urban centre not to be conducive for living and also makes the environment to be unhealthy for living. This is a source of worry going by the problems and challenges presently faced in ensuring that urban areas of Nigeria become functional, liveable, and aesthetically pleasing. Urbanization has been the primary reason commonly advanced by scholars for the present deplorable state of many cities in the country .
Due to the ignorance of Nigerians on the fact that there exist a close nexus between noise pollution and sustainable city, little or no attention is paid to the control of noise pollution in Nigeria. The execution and implementation of the law as regards environmental pollution is never implemented to the letter. It is observed that the persistence of this problem could endanger the future stability of human health and could aggravate the human health catastrophe in the fast growing cities in Nigeria.
Protecting our Sacred Water helps educators and youth program facilitators bring education for sustainable development to their students/youth in a transformative way through action projects. The guide provides tools for teachers to help youth choose a project topic and how to carry it out through the integration of FNMI ways of knowing.
Contributions to the Center can also help spread sustainability education to an international audience, which is becoming ever more important. In the words of Center Director Peter Blaze Corcoran, “Scholarship is increasingly international; that is to say, that the audience for research is worldwide. The Center has been a global leader in educational research related to sustainability.” It reaffirmed this leadership through the Dutch government-funded publication of a new book, Envisioning Futures for Environmental and Sustainability Education, which came out several weeks ago. Co-edited by Center Director Peter Blaze Corcoran, it is the last volume in a United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development series.
– Inuit Observations on Climate Change - A Resource for Senior 2 Science. This teacher’s guide has been developed for use with the video Sila Alangotok—Inuit Observations on Climate Change, produced by the International Institute for Sustainable Development.
Back home on Sanibel and Captiva, the Center is likely best known for its signature Rachel Carson Distinguished Lecture Series. When asked why it matters to support the Center for Environmental and Sustainability Education, local Host Committee Chair Susan Stuart expressed that “It matters, of course, to island residents because of the Rachel Carson lectures. We get to hear—live and in person—authors, poets, scholars and even politicians who share what they are doing to praise and preserve our environment. These lectures are the Center's gift to us—open to all and offered at no charge. But beyond that, the Center—which is self-supporting and unique among Universities—helps fund environmental research projects both here at home and internationally. It is a treasure!"
On Wednesday, March 8, 2017 the Center for Environmental and Sustainability Education gathered friends and supporters together for an evening to celebrate retiring FGCU president, Wilson G. Bradshaw. Sanibel residents Virginia and Ed Stringer hosted the gathering as Bradshaw’s friends and long-time colleagues from his former years as president of Metropolitan State University in Minnesota. Virginia gave remarks and thanks. Noted Center attendees include Board members John D. McCabe and June LaCombe. Susan Stuart was also present as chair of the Center host committee, which helps organize beloved community programs such as the Rachel Carson Distinguished Lecture Series.
In contrast to many other environmental problems, noise pollution continues to grow and is accompanied by an increasing number of complaints from people exposed to the noise. The growth in noise pollution is unsustainable because it involves direct, as well as cumulative, adverse health effects. Due to the ignorance of Nigerians on the fact that there exist a close nexus between noise pollution and sustainable city, little or no attention is paid to the control of noise pollution in Nigeria. This study examines the environmental noise levels of Ilorin metropolis, one of the capital cities in Nigeria. Forty- two (42) different locations throughout Ilorin were selected to establish background noise level, peak noise level and dominant noise sources at these locations. The result of this study shows that the major source of noise in Ilorin metropolis can be attributed to traffic noise. Based on the recommendations of Committee on Environmental and Occupational Health (CEOH), World Health Organization (WHO) and Housing and Urban Development (HUD), only 6 locations out of 42 are under normally acceptable situation while the noise levels of other areas are not acceptable. Hence, the present status of noise pollution in Ilorin metropolis poses a severe health risk to the residents. This paper addresses the problems of environmental noise pollution in Ilorin metropolis in particular and Nigerian urban areas in general with the implications of implementing its control measures on the sustainability of the urban areas. Among the effective noise control measures discussed in this paper include: noise mapping, technical, planning, behavioural, and educational solutions. The result of this study is useful as reference and guideline for future regulations on noise limit to be implemented for urban areas in Nigeria.
Keywords: noise pollution, environment, traffic noise, noise descriptors, sustainable development, urban areas, noise control measures