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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It is time to make your own garden

Hipsters of Nature enjoys interviewing inspiring people and sharing their stories.

Claire  Hazoume  is the owner of  an organic backyard farm she calls Ze Little Farm in Ghana. She tells us what inspires her to grow her own food.

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Claire harvesting some green pepper from her garden

She has a small hen coop for rearing   fowls, she grows red pepper, cucumber, basil, lemon grass, plantain, coco yam and lettuce. She enriches her soil with chicken droppings and organic waste from a fruit farm. She reuses discarded plastic bottles or containers for nursing seeds.

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She explains that eating from her garden  is fresher, more nutritious, and tastes better than store-bought food—and she always beat the price.

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Launching of the Sankofa Bottle

Hipsters of Nature is unvieling the new name of our bottle sculpture at Mawuli Senior High School.
Our bottle sculpture is now called the Sankofa bottle.The name Sankofa is an adinkra symbol. It is a word in the Twi language of Ghana that translates as going back to take what is forgotten is not a taboo. We want to change the mind set of Ghanaians, to regard waste not as a problem but as a potential resource and promote the goal of a zero waste society. Currently, we have the Sankofa bottle at Alliance Française, Accra and Lycee’ International school at East Legon for collection of bottles. The collected bottles are recycled by Skyplast company and reused by Hipsters of Nature to demonstrate multi-storey gardens to students and households in Nima.

 

Mawuli Senior High School is the First runner for the national school  climate change drawing contest toward COP 21. The program was sponsored by the European Union, British High Commission and the Environmental Protection Agency.

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Art work by 1st runner up  and 2nd runner up respectively

 

 

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Garden Walk

Hipsters of Nature celebrates World Environment Day, every year in June. This year we are celebrating the day by promoting urban gardening and waste segregation.
We are inviting the public to join us in a walk to selected households in Nima that are participating in our multi-storey garden project.
Multi- Storey Garden refer to gardening in containers such as sacks, PET bottles or cans for minimising land and water use.

The event comes off on June 4, 2016 at Nima Community library at 10a.m and ends at 11a.m.The walk will be accompanied with a brassband. Come in your white tshirts, sneakers and a placard with a message.

Contact us on 0209598897 or 0501301638 for sponsorship and participation. Follow our face book  event page via the link:https://www.facebook.com/events/1746860608878280/

Get involved. Spread the green movement message.