Sunday, June 22, 2008

Ghana's citizenry need more education on climate

Modern (Ghana): The Speaker of Parliament, Mr. Ebenezer Begyina Sekyi-Hughes, on Saturday called for continuous education on climate change in order to protect the environment from degradation. "Climate change is arguably the greatest danger facing humanity in the years ahead. Here in Ghana, the year 2007 saw severe drought with cracking lands followed by massive flooding and destruction of agricultural products and other properties in an unprecedented scale. We cannot therefore afford to sit down unconcerned and it is time we got the citizenry educated about it"

Mr. Sekyi-Hughes was speaking at the opening of a collaborative workshop on climate change for Members of Parliament organised by the Ministry for Parliamentary Affairs and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). …He called for the extension of the awareness campaign on climate change to educational institutions and urged politicians to make climate change part of their campaigns for the impending elections.

…Mr. Dauda Toure, Resident Co-ordinator of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), called for a linkage between climate change response measures and the livelihood of the poor. "Climate change should be viewed as additional vulnerability and must not be overlooked when addressing issues of poverty reduction and sustaining growth. It is important therefore to assess climate vulnerability at the geographically appropriate level and prioritise it in the context of other challenges to development," he said….

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