President Mahama Must Fight Climate Justice-Climate Change Movement

The President of Ghana, John Mahama needs to hold rich countries of the global north accountable for starting climate change by ensuring they help developing countries to adapt to the impact of the climate crisis during the UN Climate Summit 2014, says Ghana Reducing Our Carbon (350 G-ROC), a climate change youth movement.

As the impacts of increased drought, flooding and rising temperatures are felt by many of the poorest communities across the country, President Mahama must fight for climate justice for Ghanaians, according to the 350 G-ROC press release.

The youth led grassroots climate change movement also calls on the developed countries to choose clean solar and wind power over dirty fossil fuels to help address climate change.

The UN Climate Summit 2014 is scheduled for September, 23 2014 in the United States of America to be hosted by the UN Secretary General, Ban Ki Moon with national leaders around the world to deliberate on climate change and measures to solve it.

“Global leaders have failed us time and again in the fight against climate change. Enough is enough, it is time for action not words. President Mahama, now it’s your turn to hold the rich countries of the Global North accountable for starting climate change and show climate leadership by choosing clean solar and wind energy over dirty fossil fuels,” says Chibeze Ezekiel, the national coordinator of 350 G-ROC.

Ezekiel is concerned about the climate change impacts on Ghana’s agricultural sector saying that “climate change means an environmental situation affecting the agricultural sector which is believed to be the back-bone of Ghana’s economy. It also means increased disaster occurrences. Our leaders must take action to salvage the economy from disaster with emphasis on the agricultural sector. They must act now if human lives and properties are to be protected from drought, floods and heat waves.”

350 G-ROC also announced a major #WeLeadYou rally that will take place on Friday 19th September with civil society partners, students, youth groups and associations gathering in Temato show solidarity in the fight against climate change. The event will feature music, speeches and an exhibition of sustainable products and services at the Olam Senior High School Forecourt, Community 1 – Tema.

Ghana recently launched National Climate Change Policy (NCCP) and National Environment Policy papers, setting out the Government’s plans to tackle the twin threats of global warming and environmental degradation, two of the biggest threats to our country’s sustainable future. Despite these promising policies and a call by the President for strong leadership to help in meeting the environmental challenges the country faces, it remains to be seen whether there is the political will to deliver against these promises.

One of the chief concerns is the potential huge increase in Ghana’s CO2 emissions resulting from the proposed development of the coal-fired power plant. Currently Ghana emits about 24 megatonnes of carbon dioxide a year and developing a coal-fired power station will certainly compromise the state of the environment as it spews more carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.

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