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Ghana - 13 June, 2022
As part of efforts to improve tree cover while enhancing local climate change adaptation and mitigation, Tropenbos Ghana marked this year’s Green Ghana Day with school pupils in our operational landscapes. The occasion provided pupils, ranging from Basic School through to the Senior High School level, with hands-on tree planting and nurturing opportunities. The students were also sensitized on the relevance of trees in the environment, and how to protect the environment among other things. The initiative forms part of youth action on climate change under the Green Livelihood Alliance Programme.
In the Sefwi-Wiawso-Juaboso-Bia landscape, more than 1000 trees were planted by students of the Sefwi-Wiawso Senior High Technical School and five other Basic Schools. In the transition landscape, the Apaaso D/A Basic School planted hundreds of trees in and around the school. A quiz competition on the environment and climate change was also organized.
Climate change impacts affect several facets of human life. The impact on vulnerable groups especially children can be more dire. The pollution of air children breathe can lead to fatal respiratory diseases and/or adversely affect children’s brain development, leading to worse educational outcomes. Rising temperatures affect the availability of food and water with dreadful consequences on children’s nutrition and growth. The harsh and rapidly changing weather patterns can also lead to environmental disasters which can equally disrupt the formative years of children. These are, but a few ways children may be affected by climate change if nothing is done to safeguard their future.
Tropenbos Ghana recognizes the key role that youth play in tackling climate change and works closely with them in our operational landscapes.