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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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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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.

ECO RAVE CONCERT , 2016

This is the 2nd Edition of  Paillote Takpekpe event which was very successfully conceived and executed by Wanlov the Kubolor in collaboration with the Alliance Francaise.  The event comes off on 24th February, 2016 at 7pm to 9pm at Alliance Française, Accra.

To be in the spirit you must come with a recycled accessory or recycled costume. Best guest costume/accessory wins a special prize.

For edutainment; Amateur Musicians, Filmmakers, Fashion Designers & Artists will be in live categorized competitions for cash prizes.

Individuals & Companies will come and present their environmentally conscious innovations & practices.

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Walk for solar

The word Dumsor has become so popular in Ghana  and even beyond. Musicians and  Poets have  made songs and rap about it, even pastors organise all night service for their congregation to pray for divine intervention to this problem.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e6WoL7il320

Many Environmental activists and NGOs like Ghana Youth Environment Movement, Green Africa Youth Organisation, Ghana Youth Climate Coalition are campaigning for our government to invest in clean energy such as Solar energy.However, policy, promotion and financing of solar energy has not been fully exploited in the midst of abundant sunlight.Rwanda , for instance has completed a  $23.7 million solar energy project, one begin to wonder what Ghana is waiting for. http://cleantechnica.com/2015/02/09/1st-utility-scale-solar-energy-project-east-africa-now-online-rwandas-total-grid-capacity-surges-6/

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RECYCLED FASHION SHOW AND DANCE

Hipsters of Nature is collaborating with Mrs. Edu Sam’s New Nation school near the Nima Round about, Accra for a recycled fashion show and dance choreography. The students are going to do a recycled fashion show from waste such as plastic, paper, cans etc. This will be featured in a programme called African on the move We shall be doing a recycled fashion show.

Every one is invited . Come see students show the creativity with waste and dance. please call us on 0235547499 or 0501301638 for more information.10295735_782394308460827_3573307764747981108_n

The video will be featured in a programme called African on the move on Deustse welle TV (DW-TV) .

EXHIBITION-REUSE OF MATERIALS IN CONSTRUCTION

Participate in a forum at the Alliance Francaise, Accra on 24th June, 2015 at 6:30pm to discuss about eco-friendly buildings.
This meeting with the architects and curators agency Encore heureux – Architectes et collectif depuis 2001 will focus on rethinking the materials of our buildings and their use as part of a constructive strategy.
The forum will explore the idea of reusing materials at a crucial time when architecture should aim at reinventing itself taking into account the environmental and economic constraints as well as new uses.
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