Climate equity: A manifesto for libraries

As the climate becomes more erratic with attendant consequences, there is an urgent need not just to address climate change as an environmental concern but also to have a broader understanding of the inequalities it is spawning, and how best to have equitable solutions.
Libraries are well placed to drive climate equity as they provide relevant information to stakeholders at different levels as well as promote and run social dialogues that can be major milestones along the pathway to addressing climate change and inequality.
This presentation explores how libraries can be proactive in putting climate equity on the top burner in their user communities.
Speaker: Dr. Nkem Osuigwe

Dr. Nkem Osuigwe is the Director, Human Capacity Development and Training, African Library and Information Associations and Institutions (AfLIA) at Accra, Ghana. She has served as the Director, Nigerian Book Foundation and Anambra State Library Board, Awka Nigeria. She has been the Secretary and Chairperson, Anambra State Chapter, Nigerian Library Association where she led the State to win the Best Chapter Award consecutively for 3years. She has served as Chair, Public and Community Libraries Section AfLIA, Mentor INELI-SSAf Cohort 1 & 2 and Coach AfLIA Leadership Academy, Cohort 1 & 2. She represents AfLIA on the Management Committee of the UN SDG Book Club, African Chapter. She believes that libraries are the truest democratic institutions in any community with the power to transform lives as they propel the connection of people to knowledge, ideas, skills and opportunities for better living.  She is also an advocate for training librarians to understand the importance of opening up knowledge for greater access and exploring pathways for the integration of Africa’s local content into the global body of knowledge.  Nkem is widely traveled and has many publications and conference presentations to her credit. She is married to Prof Andy Osuigwe, a pediatric surgeon.

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