The Dawn Project
The Dawn Project has the primary objective of raising greater awareness, advocacy and education amongst citizens on the importance of environmental consciousness. The Dawn Project’s unique approach to the climate crisis as proposed in the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) Nos. 13- (Take urgent action to combat climate change impact) is through the adoption of Art (spoken, written, musical, visuals and/or movement) as a means of expressing the issues and seeking creative solutions.
The Dawn Project is a group of collaborators dedicated to addressing the consequences of climate change through artistic expression to ensure a cleaner and healthier environment which is beneficial to the well-being of all citizens. The Collaborators include: Mr. Desmond Majekodunmi, Mrs. Angela Emuwa, Mr. Stanley Evans and Dr. Pamela Ajayi.
The Dawn Project Poetry Competition aims to raise awareness amongst citizens about the issues surrounding environmental degradation and climate change. In 2020, Dawn Project initiated a Poetry and Art competition that targeted children and adults alike. The goal was simple; everyone has to be part of the solution to the environmental problems and climate realities that are threatening the very existence of mankind. It was based on the poem 'A Plea' by Pamela Ajayi written in 2005. Entries from the competition were expertly reviewed by authors, writing teachers and education professionals.
Over 1600 submissions were received Pan-Nigeria out of which 30 people emerged winners from the 4 Categories which included: Age 7-14 Category, Age 15-18 Category, Adult Category and Creative Design. Lots of other prizes were won.
On the 26th of September 2020, The Dawn Project held Nigeria’s Largest Environmental Hybrid Event. A prize-giving day webinar with over 770 people in attendance and 70 other people at Freedom Park, Lagos Island. Distinguish Speakers and Panelists were present at the webinar. They include; Her Excellency, Mrs. Dolapo Osinbajo; the British Deputy Commissioner to Nigeria, HE Ben Llewelyn-Jones OBE; Her Excellency, Mrs. Ajoke Muritala- Mohammed, The Commissioner for Health- Lagos State, Prof. Akin Abayomi and a host of others.
NaijaTrees4life is an initiative launched by The Dawn Project and we currently have 250 trees to give away in Lagos and its environs. This initiative is dedicated to the preservation of Nigerian Indigenous trees as a means of battling harmful emissions.
The Dawn Project Network decided to engage schools and their students on important issues such as climate change and the preservation of nature. This was in a bid to create a community that prioritises the environment and the protection of the Earth. We started with Opebi Senior and Junior Grammar School. These two schools were visited on the 15th December 2020.
Plans for 2021
The Dawn Project is having its 2021 “Climate Change Poetry & Picture, The View from the Heart & Eyes” competition. This year’s competition invites participants both children and adult to write a creative poem that illustrates the issues surrounding climate change, environmental crisis and ecological topics. The entry could be in either poetry, photography, illustration, graphic design, motion graphics, craft or cinematography. Participants from all over the world are invited to participate. Events for 2021 include:
Competition launch which is on Sunday, 21st of March,2021(World Poetry Day)
Closing date for competition is on 30th of April, 2021.
A Prize-giving day Ceremony on the 26th of September, 2021 (World Environmental Health Day)
With support from sponsors and partners The Dawn Project intends to plant trees over Nigeria. Starting with the following initiatives:
Policies to plant trees in schools for school children
Donate trees – To encourage individuals, organizations, communities and the government to plant trees
Partner with Lagos State Government to Plant more trees
Recycling - Goal is achieve zero waste status through reusing, composting and other green practices. Host conferences and events to help raise awareness about recycling and further green technologies.
Renewable Energy - This initiative would provide opportunities to partner with cleantech companies to help increase awareness about green power use among citizens.