Some participants at #GGIEcoTour in Sunyani
Our Eco tour bus made a stop at the University of Energy and Natural Resources (UENR), Sunyani on the 5th of November, 2016.
Sunyani is a city and the capital of the Brong-Ahafo Region of Ghana. Sunyani had a population of 248,496 based on the 2012 National census.
The economy of Sunyani is predominantly agrarian with approximately 48% of the population engaged in agriculture production.
About 24 percent of the population is employed in the service sector, followed by commerce and industry which employ 15% and 13% of the populace, respectively. The city’s growth is boosted by Sunyani’s high-quality water supply.
Sunyani is provided with electricity by the Volta River Authority (VRA). Water sources include rain water and water from streams, rivers and springs. However, in severe harmattan (dry) conditions, water can become more difficult to access.
BEYOND THE FLOOD
Our presentation began with the screening of the newly released film “Beyond the flood” by Leonardo Decaprio. In this documentary Actor Leonardo DiCaprio meets with scientists, activists and world leaders to discuss the dangers of climate change and possible solutions.
This ushered in our conversations on climate change, how it affects us locally and what we can do as students and future professionals in achieving a green environment.
Our team lead, Akyaa Nkrumah began her interactive presentation by splitting participants into 5 groups. Each group spoke about the phenomenon of climate change and how it affects us. Some issues mentioned include;
- Change in rainfall patterns
- Change in weather patterns
There was also a discussion on how it affects our current lifestyle pattern. Some responses;
- Food insecurity
- Increased prevalence rates of sicknesses such as malaria and cholera
- Higher energy bills from increased use of cooling systems
- Pollution from energy generation through the use of coal
National Climate Change Policy of Ghana
Akyaa introduced Ghana’s national climate change policy outlining its main components;
- Agriculture and Food Security
- Disaster Preparedness and Response
- Natural Resource Management
- Equitable Social Development
- Energy, Industrial and Infrastructural Development
In the discussions it was realized that although Ghana has these policies in place, implementation and enforcement has been an issue.
The use of in-organic fertilizers, weedicides and pesticides are still increasing and flooding due to construction in water ways/water catchment areas is also a continues problem that is yet to be tackled.
Is Ghana really prepared to implement the NCCP?
Each group of participants presented suggestions to help in the implementation and actualization of the NCCP. Some of the suggestions include;
- Awareness creation
- Urban forestry
- Incentives for policy implementation
- Provision of alternative appropriate technology.
- Improvement in the role of politicians and chieftancy in the implementation of the NCCP.
- Privatization of law enforcement agencies such the Environmental Protection Agency.
The discussion was concluded with encouragement from our team lead; to find our own ways of making Ghana green and creating green citizens.
Digital Media 101
Rachel Hormeku, our Project coordinator; took participants through the use of social media, for civic engagement and development.
She gave a presentation on social media, what is does, and how it can be used as a tool for development. The proper use of social media, involves excellent branding, participation and communication in social, economic and environmental issues. She also gave some tips on proper social media use;
- Engage, don’t spam
- Have a killer profile picture
- Have a good biography
- Use your page/account to start a conversation on your interest.
Our project leader and the rest of the team also helped participants in taking the first step to engaging with social media, for development. This was done through the creation of their personal social media accounts.
Owusu Kwabena Subramaniam our arts, tech and design guru, concluded our workshop by introducing our online repository to our participants.
He also introduced participants to the various GGI social media platforms and encouraged them to continue engaging with the team and to also continue discussions and interactions about the green initiative.
CREATING GREEN CITIZENS, INFLUENCING DECISION MAKING
Our workshop finally came to an end, with a Q&A session, where participants discussed ways to be better green citizens in their local communities and also to be intentional about positive environmental and social change.
Our next stop: Kumasi! It promises to be epic. 🙂
Written by Dzifa Acolor / Blogger / Green Ghanaian Initiative