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.
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.
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.
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.
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’.
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 :
- 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 .
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’.
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.
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.
She explains that eating from her garden is fresher, more nutritious, and tastes better than store-bought food—and she always beat the price.
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.
Art work by 1st runner up and 2nd runner up respectively
Hipsters of Nature in collaboration with Mother’s club of Nima, German Corporation is launching the Green Movement project at Nima. The project involves training 250 households and 5 schools in the Nima community on Multi-Storey Gardens(MSG).
A member of Mother’s club of Nima Showing Hipsters of Nature a multi-storey garden in her house.