As part of our mission to continuously raise awareness of climate change and environmental sustainability to Ghanaians, we launched the second phase of our “Green Initiative Tour” to be led by the executive members of GYCC tertiary chapters (KNUST and UCC).
On March 11, 2015, we started our climate education tour in central region. GYCC UCC Chapter makes their first visit to Moree Senior High School to educate students about the recent increase in climate related hazards and their role as youth in #ClimateAction. A total of 16 GYCC-UCC Chapter team were present in the school, where we addressed about 400 students in 3 separate sessions. Afua L. Acquaah explained the role of gender in climate action as well as empowered female’s students to stay green and pledge to protect nature. Joshua Amponsem led the team to call out for students to join hands with GYCC in nature protection and restoration. He as well, led the majority of the male students to pledge to stop indiscriminate waste disposal. After the event, over 75 students stood with GYCC UCC as members of our first green club in Cape Coast. Mr. Gideon, the geography teacher said “This climate change education will really help the geography students further understand the kind of things they learn. The presentation has really made an impact on their thoughts about the environment”. The Headmaster of the school, finally agreed to allow the establishment of a GYCC green club in the school after the event. It has been an extraordinary day to the GYCC team, knowing that 7 out of 10 students in this S.H.S knew nothing about the science, impacts and solutions of climate change and thus, more education needs to be done to spread the news of a global threat we are facing today and will face tomorrow, if we do not act now.
As part of the lined up activities, GYCC (KNUST Chapter) earmarked the 13th of March, 2015 to embark on an outreach to educate pupils of Weweso M/A Basic School, Kumasi on the effects of generating waste and the resulting consequences of indiscriminate disposal as well as the need for prioritizing climate change. The programme started with education on waste reduction strategies followed by education on climate change, where about 150 pupils were enlightened on various human activities that has led to climate change, the effects and possible solutions. Students were later asked a couple of questions to evaluate their understanding on the subjects and were given exercise books and pens to boost their morale.
The main aim for this outreach was to inculcate the habit of reducing waste generation into the young ones, and also to make them know the impacts of human behavior on the environment.