Within recent years, the world has received very strong warnings from scientific studies indicating climate change will affect life as we know it if actions are not stepped up to address it. Many extreme weather events and environmental changes experienced within recent years have been linked to climate change.
Here in Ghana, we have experienced significant localized impacts of climate changes, including extreme weather events, increased temperatures, and sea level rise. On October 26, 2011, an unusual weather system produced high levels of rainfall which resulted in one of the worst floods ever recorded in the history of Ghana. This flood displaced more than 1,000 people and destroyed property worth thousands of US Dollars. Severe droughts in the Northern part of the country have also led to migration of young men and women to the South to seek non-existent “greener pastures.” These young men and women, in most cases, end as head potters while others who are fortunate enough end up as house maids.
Our approach to tackling climate change is mainly through education and advocacy.
In the area of education, Greener Impact International has established Greener Impact clubs in both Primary and Junior High Schools with a purpose is to educate students about environmental sustainability and the role they can play in environmental protection. GII executives regularly visits member schools to provide them with resource materials for better understanding on the issue. GII also provides them with the tools to carry out projects and activities that use the knowledge they have gained in the clubs. We believe that, with the knowledge gained, these youth will grow to be responsible – becoming good architects in managing and protecting the environment.
In the area of advocacy, GII uses campaigns as a tool to call on the government and political leaders to make policies that are geared towards environmental sustainability. GII also organizes capacity building and training workshops in order to reach the broader public.
GII recognizes the need to assist communities already affected by climate change and those vulnerable to these effects, and therefore embark on projects that are geared towards adaptation and mitigation. This includes organizing clean-up campaigns to address choked gutters and also carrying out the planting of trees.