Tag Archives: Sustainability

Climate Change Talk with Business Support Associates

For the past two months, I have been working with a group of business support associates in Ghana. Through my social media platforms and engagement, they identified that I was a climate activist and also through social conversations, they were keen to understand climate change – the science and why it is a relevant topic that needs global attention.

So, on Monday 28th November, I did a presentation to explain the science of climate change to about 30 young people of different backgrounds but working in a business field with SMEs. I also shared a bit of my COP22 experience with them. Most of them knew what climate change was but did not have a clear understanding on the cause and how they play a role in mitigating climate change. I started by explaining GHGs and also how modernization has impacted our climate. Most people raised issue of fuel based economies and how these economies will collapse if the world should totally go renewable. We dialogue on the issue for about 5mins and concluded that economies such as the US has made huge investments towards fossil fuel and that’s why it’s difficult for some investors in the country to accept clean energy. Despite these known hurdles, I led the discussion to inform my audience that leadership and governance is what we need to combat climate change. Countries need to be sensitive to the challenges of other countries that are extremely vulnerable to the impacts of climate change.

Relating to their question on how climate change is important and why it has global attention, I explained to them the impacts of climate change and used sea level rise as an example of how climate change could flood all major cities in the world in the next 15 to 30 years.

At the end of the talk, I had a good feedback from the junior consultants and together we all discussed eco-friendly lifestyles which could contribute to alleviating the impacts of climate change and also reduce our carbon footprint. As a gesture of green living, I gave them Samsung and UNEP Tunza stick note souvenirs and pens  which made of recycled papers.

Drawing Contest on Environmental Sanitation

Environmental sanitation drawing competition was launched to evaluate the four workshop organized by IDEAS – UCC on environmental sanitation with support from Tunza Eco-Generation in the form of souvenirs.

The competition was launched on Tuesday 17th may 2016 by IDEAS – UCC team. The participating schools were Imam Khomeini Primary School and Samrose Complex Academy, both in Amamoma community within the University of Cape Coast (UCC) in the Central Region of Ghana.
The submission date was set for 23rd may, 2016 and a total of 468 pupils were expected to take part in the competition (253 from Imam Khomeini Primary School and 215 from Samrose Complex Acacdemy). Out of this 468 pupils, 213 (128 from Imam Khomeini, and 85 from Samrose Complex Academy) drawings were submitted.
Out of the submitted, 33 were shortlisted and then the final 3 were selected from the 33.
The criteria used for shortlisting included the following the drawing should send a clear message, the drawing should be creative, colored and neat.
The winners (Margaret Osman – 1st place, Abigail Andoh – 2nd place, Kwame Adonor – 3rd place) were awarded in the following way:
FIRST PRIZE = a certificate and a gift certificate for a school uniform.
SECOND PRIZE = a certificate, a milo branded football and cap, a recycled basket, a coloring book, and a rule.
THIRD PRIZE = a certificate, a sound instrument, a coloring book, and a rule.
The awards were presented to the winners on Friday the 3rd of June, 2016.
The certificates and prizes were provided by Environment 360. Tunza Eco-generation provided pens, sticky note, and leaflets which were used during the workshop.

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ANGOLA: ILLIGAL WILDLIFE TRADE HIGHER THAN ARMS SMUGGLING

United Nation’s Environment Programme (UNEP) and Interpol has revealed through a report on Environmental Crime that inability to prevent and halt wildlife/environmental crime will make it impossible to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

During this year’s World Environmental Day, all strength and vigor was headed towards Angola – Africa’s biggest ivory and bush meat market, as stated by a recent report by Karren Alan from Angola.

On such a world recognized day, with the slogan ‘Go Wild for Life’, world’s environmentalists and conservationist were all in to develop strategies to fight illegal wildlife trade in the World. With Angola as the leading illegal wildlife trade country in Africa, UNEP celebrated World Environmental Day in Angola.

In phase of such celebration, Angola’s is putting up efforts to end illegal bush meat and wildlife trade to show their commitment towards the global goals. In Angola, it is literally a war between poachers and conservationist. A report by UNEP, shows that 100,000 African elephants were killed (by poachers) between 2010 and 2012 – this also tells how crucial it is for environmental and conservation investors to consider Africa as a top place to develop eco-tourism and other related initiatives that will enhance the closure and end of the poaching revolution.

According to Karren Allan, a reporter from Luanda, a project termed ‘Okavango Wilderness Project’ and Angola’s National Geographical Society expeditionary team have been studying the illegal trade of wildlife. The Okavango Wilderness Project is already proposing a reserve of about 175,000 kilometer square – a monitored but yet protected/reserved field where wildlife will have a better habitat to live and grow without being threatened by poachers. More so, such developments is accompanied with high infrastructural and administrative costs. The project also stated that there are existing wild regions with lots of wildlife which can be protected before it gets very late.

The leader of the National Geographical Society had mentioned that fighting the illegal wildlife trade is ideally a cause of conservation and sustainability. Additionally, he revealed the cost of some bush meat in the country. According to him, a monkey costs 6 USD while it costs 60 USD to purchase a cut of snake.

In recent times, through support from international agencies and the Government of Angola, commenced an initiative to recruit soldiers and military personnel as wildlife guards in an effort to end the wildlife trade while promoting conservation. Culprits found trading/smuggling ivory are to face a 3 years jail sentence which has been backed by law, however, the initiative is not yielding its full potential – citizens says.

According some citizens and history, bush meat became a favorite during the times of war in Angola. People will resort in bushes and feed on bush meat; after the war, they see no reason to restrain from consuming bush meat. The concept of conservation is not well understood by citizens and the income generated from trading bush meat is so lucrative such that it wouldn’t be easy to just end the era. Per UN and Interpol report, illegal wildlife trade is cumulatively functioning on a larger industrial scale and is possibly dominating arms smuggling.

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4th Environmental Sanitation Workshop at SAMROSE

Tunza Eco-Generation and IDEAS for University of Cape Coast, on the 8th of April 2016, went to SAMROSE COMPLEX ACADEMY to educate the pupils on the importance of environmental sanitation as part of our environmental sanitation workshop which I have been posting reports on.
Already, I have posted 3 reports and the 3rd workshop was posted just about a week now.
We were warmly received by the staff present due to the absence of the headmistress and assistant, they helped in organizing the pupils.
As mentioned in all the previous reports, we highlighted on basic sanitation practices and things that our young generation can do to keep their environment clean. This time round, we had a female – called Daystar joining our team and she did an incredible job educating the children on environmental health and sanitation.
Daystar first explained the meaning of environment and sanitation to the pupils. She then went on to talk about the reason behind the workshop (ie, environmental sanitation), stating that unhygienic conditions cause diseases, diseases such as diarrhoea, cholera, typhoid, malaria and worm infections, which are mostly acquired by children. She explained further that these diseases can be prevented when our environment is kept clean.
Emmanuel Marfo also touched on littering, stating that littering causes gutters to be choked leading to floods, and that one should always dispose of waste properly. He also said that one should keep waste such as rubbers and plastics till one sees a waste bin and that littered environments destroy other organisms that are useful and important to us.
On personal hygiene, Daystar stated the following as practices that promote personal hygiene bathing at least twice a day, brushing our teeth at least twice a day, washing our hands with soap and running water frequently, washing our clothes, trimming our fingernails and keeping our hair neat.

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Next thing we did after our Environmental Sanitation Workshop was a Drawing Competition for all the four participating schools. Expect report soon!

Saving A Dying Planet for Future Generations

2015 has been recognized worldwide as the year of global action. However, environmental protection is not yet at its peak and even minimal in some regions of the world. This clearly indicates an urgent need for advocacy and literacy in environmental protection and sustainability. Youth and the working age group of the world – who are active and energetic need to stimulate a change in attitude and lifestyle. We (children and youth) are the future leaders and if we do not comprehend the importance of sustainable development, environmental sustainability and poverty alleviation, then the future ahead of us will be full of crisis.

30 years from now, it would not matter the kind of fancy car you ride, or mansion you have or even the yacht or jet you owe but what will matter most, is the quality of your environment –  the air you breath, the water you drink and the food you consume. Will your children play around or walk to school wearing goggles and nose masks because the air is so polluted and smoggy? Probably, there will be no suitable waters, peaceful enough for you to enjoy the sail of the yacht you are dreaming of. There might be inadequate and less quality food products which will pose threat to your health, no potable water to drink – not to talk of other domestic usage. But wait, we are not there yet! We can avoid this, we are the youth, the future leaders and the global majority, our actions may not reverse global warming or climate change but surely, it can halt a warming planet and save our dying earth. Scientist project that we will need thrice the size of our planet in 2050 to sustain us and cater for the waste we generate but kindly note that there no planet for us. We have no certain plan B to Earth; attitudinal change and individual commitment to eco-friendly lifestyle is our way out – my plan B and yours too.

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Over 1 million plastics are used every minute, globally – by whom? As a youth, ask yourself the number of times you shop in a month or even a week, the quantity of unneeded clothes, shoes and accessories you have in your closet, the number of technological devices you owe, the amount of water you use in a day and the quantity of waste you generate daily. Have you thought of your ecological footprint and how your lifestyle will inflict pain and discomfort to generations yet unborn? Change is difficult but I am sure it is more difficult to be recognized as a mass murderer of innocent kids than changing your lifestyle to save lives. You do not want to be mentioned as the generation that depleted majority of the planet’s resources and left is vulnerable for future generations to suffer. Act now, youth of today. Stop wearing make-up every day, you are too young for that; Do not buy the newest technological device while the old one is not faulty and can still satisfy your needs, save that money and donate to credible humanitarian organizations to affect lives; Reduce the intake of red meat, climate effect has already caught up with us; plant a tree and contribute to global carbon reduction target; Adopt the purchase of organic farm products and campaign for organic farming; You do not need new clothes, shoes and accessories every week, the old ones can still serve their purpose; walk short distances and stop burning fuel unnecessarily. Start a garden in your home and eat what you grow. We are young, energetic and ambitious, we have a lot of fantasies and wishes, but it can all come to naught if we do not change our current lifestyles.

A daily post on a healthy environmental conscious lifestyle via the social media can save the world, you do not know the number of people who will believe and practice what you post. Use every available platform to campaign for sustainability because it is the greatest humanitarian act you can ever offer. Be the change you wish to see, stop the critics, do not blame only your president for the sanitation menace, water crisis, poor environmental quality, unemployment or the status of your economy – for our current human activities can cause disasters like flooding to collapse our built economy. Contribute your quota; start now, it is never too late. Let us reach 2030 with dignity and pride, knowing that we are protecting the environment whiles developing sustainably.