Our planet needs us to take care of it so it will in turn take care of us.

A day after the world Environment Day, the Senate in Nigeria is making demands that it hopes will increase care for the planet and save the environment.

It wants the Federal and State Ministries of Education to include Environmental Studies to students.

At plenary on Tuesday the Senate mandated the Ministry of Environment and relevant agencies to create a sustainable and viable framework to counter climate change and its effects.

The upper chamber also called on its Committee on Environment to investigate the Great Green Wall programme and the implementation of the Ogoni Clean-up Programme.

This followed a motion on “World Environment Day 2017” sponsored by the Chairman, Senate Committee on Environment, Oluremi Tinubu.

She said with Nigeria’s environmental issues such as gully erosion, desertification, environmental degradation and illegal mining, there is need to be proactive.

“Women and children are the most vulnerable groups and tend to suffer adverse effects of these issues.

“In spite of the recent Ogoni Clean-up campaign, it does not appear that work has commenced.

“The environment is being held in trust of our unborn generations and thus, must be kept in faultless condition,’’ she said.

On his part, the President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, asked Nigerians to play their roles in checkmating environmental issues.

“Nigeria needs to take over the environmental leadership in Africa. We are still behind. We can do this through legislative means."