Villagers of Bafou in the West Region of Cameroon are victims of climate change and pollution resulting from environmentally unfriendly attitudes, including the use of kerosene lamps. To tackle the issue, populations have been encouraged to use clean energy sources like solar energy to mitigate the emission of toxic gases in their communities. The call was made recently by a team of volunteers from the Center for Communication and Sustainable Development for All (CECOSDA).
According to one of the villagers, Mama Tsafack Jacqueline, she has been using the locally made kerosene lamp for over fifty years today and this has caused her a lot of inconveniences. She, just like majority of the populations in rural areas in Cameroon use this environmentally unfriendly lighting system with little knowledge on the effects to themselves and the environment. “I have been struggling to survive with the smoke which comes from the kerosene lamp and I can say we are used to this already” highlighted Mama Jacqueline.
The exercise which had as major thrust educative talks on the advantages of using clean energy like the solar energy targets mostly rural communities where carbon gases are emitted from local and environmentally unfriendly lighting sources like the tilly lamp and candle lights.
Speaking to the villagersduring the sensitization campaign, the team from CECOSDA cautioned that the use of kerosenelamps emits carbon gases which compromise the survival of the natural environment.
Moreover, some villages in the Bafou area like Kekan, Foto, Meya and Nkoni, use kerosene lamps as major source of lighting to their community hospitals. Such a situation speaks volumes about the health conditions of villagers especially during late night emergency cases. According to DjamouArlette, a nurse in one of the community health centers, there are days when situations get worse to the level where drips are infused into patients in total obscurity especially when they run out of kerosene.
In order to mitigate these emissions, CECOSDA encourages the population to use solar energy.