Contribution of a University Library to the Sensitization of African Young Students to the Protection of the Environment: Case of the Main Library of the University of Douala in Cameroon. 


Central Library, University of Douala, Douala, Cameroon

Copyright © 2017 by Simon Jules KOUDJAM YAMENI

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In September 2016, the UN member countries adopted a set of seventeen sustainable development goals for the next 15 years to eradicate poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all in a new Sustainable development agenda. As each objective has specific targets to be achieved, three of the seventeen have been exclusively devoted to the protection of the environment and climate change, namely Objective 13 (Measures to fight against Climate change), objective 14 (aquatic life) and objective 15 (terrestrial life). To achieve these goals, everyone must fully play his/her role: governments, the private sector, civil society, Medias, information centers, opinion leaders and also libraries. Aware of this postulate, the Main Library of the University of Douala has developed a permanent animation program entitled „the Library Day“ which consists, through an information watch on the various World Days instituted by the United Nations, the African days of the African Union and even the National Days instituted by the Cameroonian government, to present the different official rulers’ declarations, treaties, conventions and agreements adopted at the various summits (COP 21 and 22) relating to the protection of the environment. Also, during this day as well as throughout the following week, an exhibition of the library books and publications relating to the theme of the day is made in a space dedicated to this purpose. This animation program highly appreciated by our students has contributed, thanks to several presentations on the environmental aspects, to positively modify their behaviors within the library in particular (reduction of printed matters and other photocopies) and the University campus in general, by a regular putting of waste materials in garbage cans, as well as the protection of lawns and other green areas.

Keywords: Poverty – Environment – Climate change – University libraries – Sustainable development.

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