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).
We excited to be featured on BBC news on how we are using arts and music as a tool in promoting Reduction, Re using and Recycling in Ghana.
We are grateful to Christian Parkinson and Isaac Essel of BBC, students of Mount Zion 1955 school, Nima who were the super models of the eco fashion show, the teachers, the Hipsters of Nature volunteers, fashion designer, Bibie for guiding the students to make their own costumes and Alliance Française for making the eco fashion show a success.
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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.
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/
What is Noise Pollution?The traditional definition of noise is “unwanted or disturbing sound”. Problems related to noise include stress related illnesses, high blood pressure, speech interference, hearing loss, sleep disruption, and lost productivity.
Nowadays it is advisable to stay away from churches and mosques when looking for accommodation . This shouldn’t be the case because the church or mosque is seen as peaceful place. Imagine you can’t sleep because every night a school park near your house is being taken over by a mass of people who hold all night prayer service .Noise pollution has engulfed every corner of the city, with increasing siting of churches in residential areas.
Ecosystem services are the benefits provided by ecosystems that contribute to making human life both possible and worth living.(uknea.unep-wcmc.org). For instance, one can go to Krokrobite beach and enjoy the nice view of the ocean which is not traded in the market.
Bees work very hard to pollinate plants but do we know the value of the services they provide?
The problem with ecosystem services is that, although people value them, no one person has an incentive to pay to maintain the services. For example if a wetland is filled to construct a house and results in flooding affecting innocent people. The environment or these people are generally not compensated for the damages they suffer. Watch Pavan Sukhdev, nature’s banker talk more about putting value on nature.https://www.ted.com/talks/pavan_sukhdev_what_s_the_price_of_nature?language=en
Wet lands reduce impacts from floods, they are ground water chargers, provide homes for wild life; help mitigate against climate change and serve as purifiers for pollutants in the soil.Two examples of sustainable use of a wetlands in Ghana are Pambros salt factory at Weija and Bojo beach resort.
Pambros salt factory is a great place for bird watching.
As part of activities marking the European Year for Development 2015, the European Union in Ghana together with the Embassies of France and Norway, the Ministry of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation (MESTI) and the Environment Protection Agency (EPA), have, jointly launched a National Schools Drawing Contest in Ghana for Schools in all the regions to encourage a national discussion on climate change on 8 September 2015.
The contest are in three categories: 1) Primary school – Observations of climate change; 2) Junior high school – Impacts of climate change, and 3) Senior High School – Solutions – measures to reduce the impacts. Three prizes will be given out to each category so that in total nine schools will be declared winners and invited to the awarding ceremony. Selected drawings will be printed in a leaflet to be distributed during the side event of the ‘Ghana Day’ during the Climate conference
The best drawings will be selected by a jury to be composed of representatives from the EU in Ghana, all Partners and stakeholders from the Embassies, EPA, MESTI; and the Ministry of Education. An evaluation sheet will be provided to facilitate the selection of the winners and ensure transparency in the process. Follow the link below to read more about the contest:http://newsghana.com.gh/eu-climate-change-schools-drawing-contest-towards-cop21/
The big event trending in Accra is Chalewote street festival which begins on Saturday 22nd and ends on Sunday 23rd August, 2015. The event will held on the streets of James town.
Last year was amazing with variety of entertainments through arts, music, dance, fashion and culture.
We will be there again tomorrow with our cameras to capture the euphoria.
The Minister of Environment, Science , Technology and Innovation recently announced that , the use of polythene products below 20 microns has been banned. He added: “You see the ones that they put Gari (kulikuli), those products – the plain, transparent ones – you see that they are so light and when the wind blows they float, it’s because they have very low microns and they are so light so managing it is so difficult so we need to increase the micron level.”
There are different kind of plastics in Ghana, the ones that are currently a nuisance to the environment which should be critically looked at are PET bottles and single use black polythene bags made from recycled ”pure water sachets”.
A good example of proper recycling is what Trashy bags company is doing in Ghana. They recycle pure water sachets, ice cream wrappers and banners are into bags and purse which can be used for a longer time.https://www.facebook.com/TrashyBags?fref=ts
The June 3 flood and fire disasters which claimed over 150 lives has resulted in a massive demolition exercise in several parts of Greater Accra. The Accra Metropolitan Assembly started the exercise, however, some other municipalities have joined in. Residents of Pokuase and Amasaman in the Ga West Municipality were not spared. Hundreds of shop owners and residents have been displaced.Structures without building permits along the Pokuase- Nsawam high way and under high tensions are currently being destroyed.
Security forces fully armed with their riot control equipment were present watching as the bulldozers down the properties of shop owners and land lords. The victims, apparently terrified and subdued by the presence of the security forces look on with pity as their properties crumble.
Carpenters were quickly dismantling people’s shops ear marked for demolitions before bulldozers crushed them to the ground. Scrap dealers were making good business as they collected scraps such as wood , metals and aluminium sheets from the debris.