NGO educates Sunyani Polytechnic students on climate change

Action for Green Life (AGL), a non-governmental organization (NGO), in collaboration with the Sunyani Polytechnic, is to embark on activities and to educate students, on the protection of the environment.

The NGO would be expected to assist communities located in and around forest belts to plant tress, prevent bush fires and to engage in income generation activities, to reduce the pressure on the forest and to educate the people, especially the youth on climate change.

Mr Kusi Appiah, a Climatologist and Lecturer at the Sunyani Polytechnic, announced these at a seminar on climate change, organised for students of the educational institution at Sunyani.

He said climate change was a global problem that needed the collective efforts of all and sundry to address.

Mr Appiah said: “Global climate change takes more than science alone to tackle”.

He called on the people to collaborate with agencies working to address climate change to tackle issues concerning concentration of green house gases in the atmosphere and global warming.

Mr Appiah expressed worry that Africa was the most affected continent by climate change.

Mr Samuel Akurugu, Director of AGL, called for the promotion of modern agriculture practices to improve the people’s quality of life, reduce poverty and ensure sustainable environmental management.

He expressed dissatisfaction about the indiscriminate felling of trees without replacing them, burning of the forest through human activities such as hunting, illegal mining (removal of the vegetation cover) and use of mercury and other chemicals, which causes climate change.

Mr Akurugu said the AGL was planning to organise the forum in other schools to create awareness on climate change among students.

Mr Lovans Owusu-Takyi, Executive Director of Youth Volunteers (YVE) for the Environment Ghana, an NGO, said it was important for the youth to be sensitise on the causes, impact and effects of climate change and its implications for development in Africa.

Mr Ahadze King, Head of Agricultural Department of the Sunyani Polytechnic, commended AGL and YVE for organizing the programme to educate students on climate change.

Source: GNA

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