Extend dialogues on climate change to rural communities, says NPA boss

The move, according to Linda Boamah Asante, will educate the underprivileged in society and encourage them to develop passion on matters of climate change

The deputy chief executive office of the National Petroleum Authority (NPA), Linda Boamah Asante, has admonished climate change and climate action stakeholders to extend dialogues and programmes to rural communities. 

The move, she said, will educate the underprivileged in society and encourage them to develop passion on matters of climate change.

According to her, conversations on climate change must not be limited to the elite because the poorest in the country are more vulnerable to the consequences of climate change.

Asante said though climate change affects crop yield, temperatures for harvest storage, and the prevalence of certain ailments, rural dwellers continue their negative practices because of a lack of knowledge on the outcome, hence the need for massive sensitisation across the country.

“I want to thank everyone of you here, especially her Excellency, Hajia Samira Bawumia, the directors, for putting this programme together to talk about climate change. I am really excited that the youth are getting involved,” Asante said. “We need to take climate change and climate action to a different level.”

“Let’s continue the conversation; let’s get to the market places; let’s get to the villages and talk to our mothers and aunties and help them understand what climate change is about. Climate Change is real and engagements on it should not be limited to Accra,” she added.

She also called on the youth and climate change enthusiasts to escalate conversations on climate change targeting rural folks and the vulnerable in society because the impact of climate change hit them the most. 

She was speaking at a Pre-COP 28 Youth Climate Dialogue and Innovation Exhibition organised under the theme: Youth in Climate Action. The ceremony brought together high-profile personalities, including the Second Lady of the Republic of Ghana,  Samira Bawumia, representatives of academia, and climate change activists.

Also in attendance were some identifiable groups, including the Yaa Animah Memorial Foundation, an initiative of the Deputy Chief Executive of the National Petroleum Authority, Linda Boamah Asante, as well as her mentees.


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