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Climate change: Sensitise children to mitigate impact, says UENR vice-chancellor

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Elvis Asare-Bediako, the vice-chancellor of the University of Energy and Natural Resources (UENR), says Ghana needs to sensitise children on climate change and its impact on humanity.

He said it has some impact on the environment, health and socio-economic lives of humankind.

Asare-Bediako made the suggestion in an interview with the Ghana News Agency (GNA) after the inauguration of a climate change club at the UENR Basic School at Fiapre in the Sunyani West Municipality.

He said the university has a role to play in supporting government’s agenda of preventing the threat of climate change in the region and the country.

At the inauguration, club members were educated on the causes of the phenomenon, dangers and how it can be prevented.

The vice-chancellor said he is hopeful that the younger generation will understand the message and begin to take care of the environment to mitigate its effects.

He stated that, as a matter of national policy, children must be taught about climate change and environmental degradation, as well as its negative effects and mitigation efforts, right from childhood so that it becomes part of them for the benefit of their community and nation.

In his address, Asiedu Berchie, head of the Centre for Climate Change and Gender Studies at the university, said the institution selected three junior high schools and three senior high schools to form clubs for as many children as possible. This is aimed at developing club members’ interest in preventing and mitigating climate change by their actions and inactions.

Berchie said among other reasons, the clubs have been formed because many children lack in-depth knowledge about the phenomenon. He emphasised that the prevention and mitigation of climate change is a shared responsibility.

He appealed to religious bodies, state institutions and the media to be part of the crusade to create awareness on the phenomenon.

In an interview with the GNA, club members made a commitment to join efforts to safeguard the environment for the survival of humanity.

They also urged the public to minimise bush burning to protect the country’s vegetation and enhance food security.




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