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.
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.
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.
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”
Contact us for more information ,if you would like to get involved in the next event.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
If you are wondering how to celebrate World Environment Day with advocacy groups in Accra then check out the following activities :
- Tree Planting Exercise by the Environmental Protection Agency(EPA) on 3rd June, 2016 at 11a.m at 1st Battalion of Infantry, Michel Camp, Accra
- Osu Beach clean up by Action Accra on 4th June, 2016 at Osu Castle Beach.https://www.facebook.com/events/1009145319134020/
- Quiz competition among 5 schools organised by the EPA on 5th June, 2016 at 11a.m at 1st Battalion of Infantry, Michel Camp, Accra.
- Inauguration of the waste treatment plant at Nestle , Ghana on 6th June, 2016
- No Coal Power campaign by Ghana Youth Environment Movement on 6th June, 2016 at 9a.m.https://www.facebook.com/events/276723529331797/
- 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!
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 .
The theme of the Green Nima Movement is on:’ Addressing poverty and malnutrition through Multi Storey Gardens’.