Global Media Foundation (GLOMEF) has rolled out a campaign to help mitigate the impact of climate change and its attendant issues in the Bono and Ahafo Regions.
The $3,500 campaign which will last for the next seven months was being funded by the Global Green-Grant Fund.
The founder and CEO of GLOMEF, Raphael Godlove Ahenu, who announced this in Sunyani said, “this new campaign is aimed at educating and sensitising the general public, especially women and the youth on climate change.
“This will be done through community forums, radio discussions, engagement of the relevant stakeholders and policy-makers on issues concerning women, environmental sustainability and initiate policy debate among policy-makers as well as the key stakeholders on environmental issues”.
He explained that the project will also create public awareness among smallholder farmers about the negative effects of agrochemicals and farming around the banks of rivers as well as increase their knowledge of Ghana National Climate Change Adaptation Strategy.
Mr Ahenu said the grant support from Global Green-Grant Fund will enable GLOMEF to use the various community information centers in the Bono and Ahafo regions to educate farmers and other stakeholders to switch from using agrochemicals to organic fertilizer.
“The communities included Afrisipa, Tanoso, New Dormaa, Fiapre, Kootokrom, Odumase, Abesimu and Baakoniaba all in the Bono region,” he added.
He blamed the causes of the loss of biodiversity on inadequate information about climate change, lack of locally generated and owned plans to guide attitudes and behaviours especially in the area of farming practices.
The CEO of the Sunyani-based human right media advocacy and entrepreneurship training organisation stated that the Bono and Ahafo regions were having their first share of the intense impact of climate change.
“For example, Tano River is the main source of domestic water for many towns and cities in the Bono, Bono East and Ahafo regions but it is shrinking and aquatic lives were being destroyed due to the extensive use of agrochemicals during farming around the banks of the river,” he stressed.
He stated that climate change has affected the volume of food production in the project regions hence the urgent need for more funds to implement climate change adaptation education programmes.
Mr Ahenu consequently appealed for a more all-hands-on-deck effort in order to sustain the campaign on climate change in the Bono, Bono East and Ahafo regions.