The Regional Institute of Population Studies, University of Ghana in attempt to improve awareness on addressing the challenges of climate change which has become a global phenomenon bedeviling Africa for that matter Ghana has initiated a project aimed at creating awareness on the climate change and its negative impact on the country.
The initiative according to the Director for RIPS Samuel Nii Codjoe has benefited over 70 pupils drawn from three schools within Agbogbloshie, James Town and Usher Town, which includes the Adedeinkpo Primary School in James Town, Richard Akwei Memorial School in Agbogbloshie and St. Mary’s Anglican Primary School in Ussher Town who underwent one month awareness training on climate change made up of the three selected fishing communities tipped as beneficiary communities under the project.
In a speech delivered by Prof. John Anarfi on behalf of the RIPS director, during a climate change durbar at Mantse Agbona Park near James Town in Accra today disclosed the idea of choosing Agbogbloshie, James Town and Ussher Town as the beneficiary communities for the project stems out from RIPS award in the year 2011 by the International Development Research Center (IDRC) funding to conduct an extensive research and improve knowledge and understanding of climate change impact in the area of population, health, and food security (Fish) in the three selected coastal communities in Ghana. He noted that was a result of this process RIPS spearheaded a climate change research in the coastal community under the auspices of the Africa Adaptation Research Centre (AARC) programme which is designed to deliver timely scientific advice and expert assessment for adaptation investments and policy decisions across Africa.
He maintained that this has led to the formation of a community club by RIPS in these communities to educate and implement programmes that will promote environmental sustainability in the community.
Professor Anarfi bemoaned the latter day’s effects on the climate as result of human error and called on all stakeholders, individuals and the general public to adopt the right behavioral attitude towards the improvement of the climate.
Also in a exclusive interview the journalists, Margaret Appiah a PHD students with RIPS disclosed the selected three communities under the project will also benefit from a recycling and composting exercise to be implemented by RIPS to bring relief on the environment and reverse the rampant climate change conditions.
At the durbar ground the students demonstrated the skills they have acquired during the one month training period in a short drama to showcase their understanding of climate change and its effect s on their community and actions communities can take to reduce the impact of climate change on their livelihoods.