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Workshop on the Use of PACE resource Package

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The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), in collaboration with Greener Impact International (GII), has organised a day’s training workshop for 60 teachers from selected basic schools within the Amasaman Municipality.

The training, which is a pilot focuses on how to use the Pan African Conservation Education (PACE) resource package to teach environmental education in schools. The PACE contains simple practical solutions to environmental problems in communities. Participating teachers would in turn train other teachers in their respective schools on the use of the PACE resources Package.

Mr Antwi-Boasiako Amoah of the Energy Resources and Climate Change Department, EPA speaking on climate change, trends and impacts in Ghana, said teachers had a distinctly unique stake in the fight against climate change.

He said climate change was a monumental challenge, but one that we could not afford to shy away from.

“Climate change” is a change of climate which is attributed directly or indirectly to human activity that alters the composition of the global atmosphere and which is in addition to natural climate variability observed over comparable time periods.

Globally, the objective for fighting climate change is to achieve stabilization of greenhouse gas concentration in the atmosphere at a level that would prevent dangerous anthropogenic interference with the climate system.

Mr Antwi-Boasiako said greenhouse gases was the main contributor to climate change, because the earth’s atmosphere acted much like a giant greenhouse, which allowed solar radiation (heat) to pass through the atmosphere but, after it was absorbed and re-radiated by the earth, the gases prevent this heat from escaping back into space.

He said evidence of climate change was increasingly gaining scientific grounds, and its impacts and vulnerabilities in Ghana was generally influenced by geographical spread, gender, poverty levels, livelihoods, access to information, among others.

Presentation of PACE resource to a teacherClimate change, Mr Antwi- Boasiako added, affected most sectors of the individual life, including, education, water supply, energy, health, food production and supply among others.

He said there must be a collective effort by stakeholders including individuals to help reduce its effects, thus putting pressure and engaging with policy makers, engaging in durbars focusing on climate change and environment, working in communities with local politicians, joining youth groups on climate change and environment, participating in public consultations on environmental issues, and conducting projects on climate change in schools could help.

At the end of the workshop, each participating school received a set of the PACE resource package consisting of the Africa our home book, an action sheet and a compact disk with short documentaries on practical solutions to the various environmental problems on the continent. Click here for the full story published by the Ghana News Agency.



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