….. And We Were In Tarkwa

Group photo of participants and organisers after the Tarkwa event
Cross-section of some participants at the event
Cross-section of some participants at the event

The Green Ghanaian Initiative (GGI) Eco Clubs Tour Team was in Tarkwa over the weekend. The team met with students of the University of Mines and Technology (UMaT).
Tarkwa is located in the Tarkwa–Nsuaem Municipality of the Western region. The town is noted for its exploits in the mining of Gold; in Enoch’s [a participant] words, “Don’t be surprised to know there is a galamsey pit beneath the ground you are walking on”.


It is therefore, no accident UMaT is located in Tarkwa. The effects of galamsey are clearly visible from the pollution of water bodies in the Municipality.

Polluted water bodies are evident everywhere in Tarkwa
Polluted water bodies are evident everywhere in Tarkwa

The GGI Eco Tour workshop was initiated with the screening of “Before the Floods”; a climate change documentary. This led participant sharing their thoughts and facts on climate change and its effects on planet earth.

Creating Green Citizens: Our Responsibility

The GGI Team Lead, Akua Akyaa Nkrumah’s presentation began by engaging students on the effect of climate change in Ghana. Some participants shared their knowledge on how climate change affected Ghana. One participant intimated, “Climate change in Ghana means a rise in sea level, unpredictable weather and a change in life style”.

One participant intimated, “Climate change in Ghana means a rise in sea level, unpredictable weather and a change in lifestyle”.

Another participant; Rebecca described the effect of climate change, “sea level rise makes you feel basa when the sea ears into your room and you have to buy new cloths’.

Rebecca contributes to the discussion
Rebecca contributes to the discussion

 

GGI Team Lead, Akua Akyaa Nkrumah
GGI Team Lead, Akua Akyaa Nkrumah

And the Shocker;

None of the participants had knowledge of Ghana’s climate change policy. This was heartbreaking, especially for Akua.

Godfred Kobina Owusu, [a Geomatic Engineering Student] expressed the justification that the media has not done much in making the climate policy known to the Ghanaian populace.

Godfred contributing to the discussion
Godfred contributing to the discussion

Akua pointed to the fact that it was important to ask questions and find answers, for that is the aim of education.

Digital Media for The Better

The discussion subject “Digital Media For Civic Engagement”, was modified to “Digital Media For The Better” by Rachel Hormeku, who facilitated the session on social media and GGI’s Online Resource Centre.
Most people do not know how powerful they are, just because of the smartphone they owned. Rachel emphasised this message and pointed out how people have had their messages carried on social media platforms to cause a particular effect.
Newbies and Veterans were introduced to Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and encouraged to engage with Green Ghanaian on these platforms.

Cross-section of some participants at the event
Cross-section of some participants at the event

Before departure ….

The GGI team could not leave Tarkwa without visiting some “heard of” places. By the help of Enoch [a student of UMaT], the team visited Goldfields Mining Area and the Gold Refinery Hall of UMaT from where you can see most parts of the Tarkwa Township.

Do join us in Cape Coast this weekend for the next #GGIEcoTour edition! Register here.

 

Group photo of participants and organisers after the Tarkwa event
Group photo of participants and organisers after the Tarkwa event

It’s 9 schools! 5 down, 4 to go……..

Written by Edith Kowu / Blogger / Green Ghanaian Initiative

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