Geoscientist advocates study of Geoscience to achieve the SDGs

By
Godwill Arthur-Mensah/Philip Mensah, GNA

Accra, Oct.12, GNA – A Professor of Geology at
the Department of Earth Science, College of Basic and Applied Sciences,
University of Ghana, has advocated the study of Geoscience at the basic to the
tertiary education levels to ensure sustainable and equitable distribution of
the natural resources.

This, he said, would enable the future
generation to formulate policies to safeguard the environment and humanity.

Professor Daniel Kwadwo Asiedu, who made the
call at the University of Ghana Inaugural Lecture for the 2018/2019 Academic
Year in Accra, said despite the glaring needs for Geoscience literacy, the
Science curricula of the basic and secondary schools did not cover as many
topics in Geoscience compared to other science disciplines like Chemistry, Biology
and Physics.

He said the study of the subject was crucial
in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), address environmental
challenges and natural resource limitations.

He said it was vital to regularly inform and
educate the public on Geoscience issues that were related to the critical needs
of the Ghanaian society.

Geoscience is the study of the earth which
involves the study of the materials of the earth, the structure of the
materials, the processes acting upon them and the organisms that inhabited the
earth.

Prof. Asiedu said the study of Geoscience
would help inform policy-makers on important areas of sustainable development
such as access to clean water, safe sanitation, food security and agro-geology,
as well as disaster risk reduction, energy supply and management, improved
infrastructure and ensure access to basic services.

Additionally, he said, it would help humanity
to understand the causes and potential consequences of natural earth processes
such as earthquakes, floods, landslides, tsunamis, volcanic eruptions, weather
and climate change.

“It would help humanity to understand the
production, availability and potential depletion of natural resources such as
water, soil, mineral and energy and important role they play on the economy,
security and the safety and sustainability of the environment,” Prof. Asiedu
added.

The Lecture was held under the theme:
“Geoscience Education in Ghana and Sustainable Development”, and attracted the
University’s Faculty and senior members and students from the secondary and
tertiary levels.

The inaugural lecture is delivered by any
academic who achieved the highest rank in his/her career, and also helps the
University to achieve its core mandate of providing research work to the public
and contributes towards finding solutions to societal needs.

Prof. Ebenezer Oduro Owusu, the Vice
Chancellor of the University, who chaired the function, in his closing remarks,
reiterated the need to protect the environment from illegal mining activities,
popularly known as “galamsey”.

He said continued degradation of the
environment would be detrimental to the future generation, saying: “The
destruction of our arable agriculture lands, water bodies and aquatic life will
not be good for us therefore we need to take Geosciences seriously to safeguard
our future”.

“If you go to the developed countries, they
are constantly and consciously planting trees everywhere and even a desert like
Israel every single tree is planted, but we have decided to destroy the earth
God has given us”.

“We need to streamline things in our country
so that we leave a clean and sustainable environment for the future
generation,” Prof. Oduro Owusu advised.

GNA

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