NGO trains students on effects of climate change

DesertificationThe Salvation Army Basic School Clubs  at Sempe in Accra have received training in climate change, renewable energy and tree planting, as part of efforts to build the capacity of the youth in environmental issues.

The workshop involved teachers and Junior High School (JHS) students selected from  schools in the Circuit which included, Professor Evans Atta Mills Centre for Excellence, Sempe One, Four and Five and Salvation Army One and Two.

It was organised by two non-governmental organisations (NGOs) – the Youth Volunteers for the Environment (YVE), in collaboration with Plant for the Planet and Trees for the Future, Ghana.

Mr Lovans Owusu-Takyi, Executive Director of YVE said as future leaders it was important for the youth to be sensitised on the causes and impact of climate change.

He said the planting of fast growing multi-purpose trees would be very significant since it provides both economic benefits as well as improves the environment and draws up carbon from the atmosphere.

He advised the teachers and students to form strong environmental clubs to enhance continuous education on environment, energy and tree planting.

Mr Owusu-Takyi tasked the students to go out into their communities to undertake tree planting and environmental education that would enable them curb the impact of climate change.

Mr Gideon Commey of the Ghana Youth Environmental Movement, an NGO, which facilitated the workshop called for joint action of the youth in enhancing campaigns to create more awareness on the climate change menace and ensure environmental justice in Ghana.

Ms Christable Badu, a young ambassador for Plant for the Planet entreated her peers to be good climate change ambassadors and plant trees.

Mr Martin Ampema, Circuit Supervisor of the Salvation Army Cluster of Schools, expressed his appreciation to YVE and Plant for the Planet for the training offered to the students.

Certificates were awarded to the students as climate justice ambassadors.

Source: GNA

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