Can you imagine what our towns and cities used to look like?
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Mangrove swamps have been replaced by buildings
“Face me I face you” is what we call a building where many families live closely together and they live in rooms facing each other. The more the population grows the more dense our cities become.
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Lagos Island was once farmland and home to fishermen and crocodile hunters. A very very long time ago it was home to water buffalo.

When Nigeria became independent from the British colonial rulers in 1960, the population was 45 million people. Now it is 200 million. In 2050 the population will be 400 million. Already, 63 million people across Nigeria do not have access to safe water. This will mean there will be less clean water and less farming land. Diseases will spread more easily.

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“Crocodile” in New York, by mural painter PANGOLIN.
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Around Lagos the lagoons were once full of crocodiles and fish.
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Copyright Jeff Amechi Agbodo, Onitsha
Ablade Glover is a Ghanian painter who paints scenes of our over populated cities. Where we now have cities we once had water buffalo.

Our rivers, creeks and swamps should be home to water buffalo, pygmy hippos, crocodiles and elephants.

Copyright Harvey Barrison
Copyright AP Photo/Sakchi Lalit , Aug 13, 2017,Bangkok, Thailand.
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Some animals will soon be extinct. When this happens what will become of us? We all depend on each other. We need to protect our wild animals from hunting as this will also make them extinct. In order for us to live healthy lives it is important that we protect our environment and the habitats of our wildlife.
Polly Alakija