”Hani W)loo”

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The picture  on the right was taken by Divine Agborli, a photographer from Ghana at the Korle na Beach in Accra. You may not be living close to this beach, however, we are  all connected to it. This is because the fish we eat comes from the sea. What happens to the water and fish affects us,. More so, we are part of the food chain.
Hani w) loo is a local word in the Ga language which means let’s collect. The idea behind the name means that every citizen of Ghana should join hands to help solve the problem of beach pollution.

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Invasive species in Africa

An invasive species is a species which is non- native , usually dominant, highly competitive with native species  can cause damage to plants, animals and livelihoods of humans (ISAC 2006)

Many invasive species were introduced intentionally or by accident.  Some species were used with good intentions such as to restore degraded lands but turned out to be problematic. The Water Hyacinth also scientifically known as  Eichhornia crassipes is an invasive plant species  on the Volta lake(Appenteng, 2014).  The plant  is originally from Amazonas, Brazil and was introduced to Africa because of it ornamental purpose.  Water Hyacinth grows fast and forms a dense cover on the surface of water.These characteristics of the plants hinders transportation of boats, serves as breeding grounds for mosquitoes and blocks channels for irrigation( FAO 2002). Invasive species cost lots of money to control and can affect the livelihood of local people.

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March for science in Accra

This year’s World Earth Day was all about environment and climate literacy. Accra was among the cities across the world that observed this day.

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Participants at March for science, Afia Beach hotel.

The event was organised by March for Science Accra, Afia Beach Hotel and Hipsters of Nature on 22nd April 2017 at Afia Beach Hotel, Accra. About 200 people gathered at the hotel to participate in the event.  The programme featured  speakers, educators,  and researchers who discussed their works in areas such as illegal mining, waste management, climate change and urban gardening with participants.

Rufai Zakari, a known artist from Nima, supervised participants in a mural art work using waste such as plastic bottles  and car tyres.

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The Asiri Mask(Secret Mask) exhibition by Rufai Zakari

The programme was participatory and fun. One participant at the programme said, I shall attend the event next year, I would like to see more of such programmes in Ghana to create more awareness on water pollution”

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Participants designing the mural art piece.

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Divine Agborli, Project Coordinator of Hipsters of nature making a presentation on Urban gardening

Contact us for more information ,if you would like to get involved in the  next event.

Environmental literacy a powerful tool in attaining the sustainable development goals in Ghana.

The Theme for this year’s World Earth Day is environment and climate literacy.  Ghana cannot achieve its sustainable development goals without promoting  environmental literacy of its citizens.

The United Nations  reports that , every nation need to empower all its citizens in environmental literacy to ensure the protection of the environment. Environmental literacy must integrate socio-economic, practical and multi-disciplinary  approaches to produce effective results.
Hipsters of Nature is joining hands with Women’s March in Ghana and Afia Beach for Accra’s version of World’s Earth Day. This year’s activity is unique as it gives the opportunity for participants to learn about  current environmental issues in Ghana and engage them in community action.

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Mothers club of Nima makes Nima Green

Mothers Club of Nima can be likened to Wangari Maathai and the  Green Belt movement in Kenya .The club  is a local NGO in Nima made up of 50 women who are involved in women empowerment in sanitation, reproductive rights and urban gardening.The  organization is mobilizing people in Nima to participate in the Green Nima movement , a  project  sponsored by the German Development Cooperation which encourages people to grow and eat their own food. The Green Nima Movement encourages people with less space to grow  vegetables and fruits in sacs.

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Zucchini  plant growing  in a sac in a household at Nima

These women have  trained  about 300 people to  making their own gardens  in sacs.They visit  households in Nima  and teach them about how to  nurse seedlings,irrigation and the use of indigenous crops. Through the Green Movement about 500 fruit and vegetable gardens have been established in housholds and schools in Nima , which promotes food security and sustainable development.

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Mothers club nursing seeds in plastic bags

Mothers club of Nima is sending signals to Ghanaians that if gardens can be created in Nima, which is highly populated with minimal open spaces then growing your own food is possible anywhere. The group collaborated with a local artist , Alewa to compose a grooving song entitled Green Movement which is on you tube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vusiBqLHwqc.

Connecting children to Nature

Today, it is unfortunate that most children in the cities lack playgrounds and green spaces to play in. Due to rising population and lack of land in urban areas, more cities and schools have less playgrounds and less green spaces. Research has proven that linking children to green spaces helps them to show love and care to the environment .Children’s contact with nature encourages fantasy and creativity. https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/20140922075014-150737338-architecture-and-urban-planning

This is what the Green Nima Movement project sponsored by the German Development Cooperation seeks to achieve. The project is being implemented in 5 schools and 250 households in Nima. The selected schools lack green spaces and have concrete playgrounds

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Accra’s most eco-friendly hotel

Wikipedia defines an Eco hotel as an accommodation that has made important environmental improvements to its structure in order to minimize its impact on the environment.  Afia Beach Hotel is one of such hotels. The  serene ocean front of the hotel  offers you a peaceful retreat from the daily activity of life in this busy Accra city.Situated on the Gulf of Guinea, in a gentle bay sweeping from Ghana’s Presidential Castle to Jamestown Fishing Harbor and Lighthouse, Afia Beach Hotel is ideally located to meet the needs and interests of business travelers and tourists alike.

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Beach Clean up

Ocean trash is a serious pollution problem that affects the health of people, wildlife and local economies. Apart from causing choking hazards for marine life, it also defaces our beaches. No matter where we live, the ocean is our life support system. Coastal Cleanup Day is  on 17th September. It is a day dedicated across the world to the improvement of beaches, coastal regions and surrounding areas throughout the world

Hipsters of Nature is teaming up with Afia Beach Hotel to help keep our ocean and waterways clean.

We are hosting a clean up exercise and fun games at the Afia Beach Hotel, located near Birth and Death Registry or MUSIGA on 17th September, 2016 from 10 a.m. till 4 p.m.

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World Environment Day 2016 Celebrations in Accra

World Environment Day (WED) is the United Nations’ principal vehicle for encouraging worldwide awareness and action for the environment and is marked on 5th June every year.http://www.unep.org/stories/WorldEnvironmentDay/Stand-with-the-United-Nations-and-Angola.asp
 The global theme for WED 2016 celebrations is :’The fight against the illegal trade in wildlife. The slogan is ,’go wild for Life’. In Ghana, the National theme for this year’s celebrations is, ‘Join the race to green Ghana and protect wildlife’.
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The Carcass of a whale 13.5m whale washed ashore on Dansoman Beach in March 2016

If you are wondering how to celebrate World Environment Day with advocacy groups in Accra then check  out the following activities :

  1. Tree Planting Exercise by the Environmental Protection Agency(EPA)  on 3rd  June, 2016 at 11a.m  at 1st Battalion of Infantry, Michel Camp, Accra
  2. Osu Beach clean up by Action Accra on 4th June, 2016 at Osu Castle Beach.https://www.facebook.com/events/1009145319134020/
  3. Quiz competition among 5 schools organised by the EPA on 5th June, 2016 at 11a.m  at 1st Battalion of Infantry, Michel Camp, Accra.
  4. Inauguration of the waste treatment plant at Nestle , Ghana on 6th June, 2016
  5. No Coal Power campaign  by Ghana Youth Environment Movement on 6th June, 2016 at 9a.m.https://www.facebook.com/events/276723529331797/
  6.  Greening Nima by Hipsters of Nature and German Cooperation on 11th June at Nima Community Library at 9:30a.m .https://www.facebook.com/events/1746860608878280/

     Make every day World Environment Day!

Launching Green Nima Movement

Hipsters of Nature in collaboration with the German Cooperation and Mothers club of Nima is launching the Green Nima Movement Project on 11th June, 2016 at 9:30 a.m  at  Nima Community Library .

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Mothers Club of Nima with Hipsters of Nature members being trained in construction of Multi storey gardens

 

The theme of the Green Nima Movement is on:’ Addressing poverty and malnutrition through Multi Storey Gardens’.

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