Young Reporters For The Environment Ghana has called on the government to institute stringent action plan to deal with the looming danger associated with climate change, the effect of which has ravaged some countries already.
The local environmental advocacy group made this call through its National Administrative Coordinator, Ellen Lindsay Awuku when the group embarked on a two-hour walk to join the global students’ monthly climate walk Dubbed: “Climate Strike” on Friday.
She added that if people continue to act in ways which contribute to warming the climate at a time the sea level is rising to cover portions of the earth, in the next decade living on the planet earth will never be safe anymore.
Awuku further said that we have seen the rising temperature and abnormal rainfall patterns in Ghana which should serve as a caution to us to stop activities which contribute to the rising climate.
The walk was aimed at creating awareness among people and to also mount pressure on government to adopt sustainable climate change policies and enforcement plans aimed at dealing with environmental offenders whose activities affect the climate negatively.
The two-hour walk saw the members displaying placards with messages such as no “future without climate action”, “climate action now,” “climate action is our responsibility”, “no development without climate action,” “switch to renewables save our world and plant more trees”, etc.
Their interaction with motorists and passengers attracted the Accra Mayor, Mohammed Adjei Sowah, who made a stopover to add his voice to the call on how effective measures should be put in place to save the climate situation.
He praised the organisers for taking bold initiative to educate people on climate change.
He said whatever we do in our small corners impact negatively on the climate as a whole, he pointed out that people living in the Coast have been affected by tidal wave.
He added that artisanal fishing has also been hit by the phenomenal. According to the Mayor, the effects of climate change has affected farming too due to the unpredictability of the situation which affects rainfall patterns.
Sowah who pledged his support for the programme announced that there will be more climate change awareness programs on the street of Accra as part of the climate change conference coming on this week.
On his part,the Country Director of the Greenway International Foundation, Michael Olusanya was of the view that the time to act on climate change is now.
He said awareness on climate is very low in Africa as compared to other countries where people are doing everything to mitigate against the looming danger.
Every month students across the globe hold a demonstration to create awareness and demand action to mitigate against climate change
Young Reporters for the Environment Ghana (YRE-Ghana) is an environmental NGO, that aims to empower young people to take a stand on environmental issues they feel strongly about and to give them a platform to articulate these issues into various media by writing, through photography or videos
Young Reporters for the Environment-Ghana’s vision is to ensure that participants are engaged in the learning and teaching process to make informed decisions and actions on real-life sustainability issues.
The organization has membership on campuses of the Ghana Institute of Journalism, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology and Akosombo International school.