Ghana Youth Environmental Movement together with 350.org GPS Ghana team are currently involved in campaigning against this atrocity which forms part of their Price for Pollution Campaign for 2013.
This is what they have to say about the price of pollution in Ghana…
“What we are saying is that industries must pay for polluting the environment. A price could be in the form of tax prescribed by a government’s authority. We are making this a big moral issue. The argument is that if it is morally wrong to pollute the environment and/or wreck this planet, then it’s equally immoral to benefit from that pollution and wreckage without paying for it.
We know the groups that pollute – individual citizens, companies, industries, institutions, etc. We all pollute in this country and as such may feel guilty and defensive. However, as much as it is very fair to say that everyone pollute in this country, it is equally fair to also say that not everyone who pollute benefit from that pollution and use their riches and power to block progress towards clean and renewable energy. So our campaign is naming the villains – plastics, mining and oil companies – to avoid any misinterpretation of the basic principles that birthed it.
In addition, we believe that activating this topic of paying for pollution automatically activates the broader perspective of the issue at hand – liquid waste from industries, hospitals and faeces been dumped into the sea without treatment, illegal mining (galamsey), the massive air pollution by the burning of e-waste and the importation of these e-waste to flood this country. These are other aspects that the campaign would touch, but we can only start from where we have the strategic capacity to make our voice heard.
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Trois semaines après la fin du Sommet d’Istanbul, l’heure est à la restitution, à l’enrichissement des plans et à la prise de contact avec les différents partenaires, alliés et volontaires qui aideront dans la mise en œuvre de la phase 2 de Global PowerShift. Depuis leur retour au pays, les différentes équipes ont eu à partager leurs plans avec différents partenaires afin de recueillir leur avis et soutien. Certains participants ont fait une telle restitution sur les médias afin de porter à l’attention de l’opinion les resultats de ce sommet historique.
En fin de compte, ce que nous espérons dans les semaines à venir des différentes équipes régionales et nationales, ce sont des plans stratégiques, cohérents et adaptés qui confrontent localement les défis climatiques identifiés. Du soutien aux politiques de zéro carbone à la promotion des solutions alternatives en passant par l’adaptation aux impacts et l’élargissement du mouvement climatique, ces plans se veulent être ambitieux et mobilisateurs à large échelle. Tous auront en commun la volonté d’élever la question climatique au coeur du débat citoyen et de l’agenda politique, particulièrement sur le continent où la non-prise en compte du danger que constituent les changements climatiques mine les efforts de développement.
Personnellement, je ne doute pas que si l’énergie, l’engagement et la détermination démontrés à Istanbul demeurent au même niveau – ou mieux sont multipliés – le changement désiré au niveau communautaire, national et international sera atteint d’ici les prochaines années.
As Barack Obama touched down in South Africa during the week of the 29th July, South Africans stood in solidarity with the US against the Keystone Pipeline! More pics can be seen here: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/
From June 14th to 19th 2009, I attended a climate leadership workshop in Johannesburg along with forty young people from Central, Eastern and Southern Africa. When I flew there, I was (and am still) a freelance journalist working for Insight on Conflict. See, I am from Burundi and in my country we experienced a terrible civil war for twelve years. Through journalism I hoped I could help raise voices of local and unknown peacebuilders who are doing amazing work to get communities reconciled. What I didn’t know when I got off the plane that day, was that my life was about to totally transform. I was about to become a committed climate activist.
40 young people from Central, Eastern and Southern Africa attended the workshop
During the climate leadership workshop we were taught the basic concepts of climate change. We were also taught about community mobilization and the organization of local actions. The goal was to get prepared for October 24th; the first 350.org Global Day of Climate Action organized six weeks before the much anticipated COP 15 in Copenhagen. The hope was that if we could show the decision makers all the people across the world calling for action on climate change, they’d do it.
The five-day workshop was very rich in terms of content and participation. I got to understand the real causes of climate chaos, where we have come from and where we are also. But most important, what can be done at different levels can be done to get back to the safe level of 350 ppm into the atmosphere. The energy and commitment from participants was amazingly inspiring, with everyone sharing stories, experiences and hope for the future. I returned to my country with so much energy, ready to organize and three months later I formally joined the 350.org Africa staff as assistant coordinator for Francophone Africa. In collaboration with Phil, Samantha and Adam, we coached the previously trained youth but also a growing number of organizers to better prepare for the October 24 event. Meanwhile, I got connected to a local network of activists and organizations in Bujumbura for this purpose. At the end, the event was a great success – of course with different proportions in different places – but success was beyond our imagination. Hundreds of thousands of people took to the streets and in the symbolic places with the same message: calling on world leaders to agree on a climate accord that reflects the needs of science and justice. Read the rest of this entry »
Only few hours before the opening of Global Power Shift in Istanbul, it’s a great pleasure to introduce team members from Kenya participating in the Summit!
Ruth Nyambura has been involved in various social justice movements for the last 6 years and has worked extensively with the Forum for Young Women in Politics (FYWP); a Civil society organization that works with young women in Kenya who are working on policy, governance and development issues in various platforms. For the last 2 years, Ruth has been involved with numerous African organizations working on environmental and climate change issues in Africa in various capacities and is now the Advocacy and Communications Coordinator for the African Biodiversity Network (ABN), a regional network of individuals and organizations seeking African solutions to the ecological and socio-economic challenges that face the continent. Read the rest of this entry »