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Climate change in Ghana has become a threat to livelihoods

Climate change in Ghana has become a threat to livelihoods


MDG7: Ensuring Environmental Sustainability

MDG 1: Eradicate extreme Poverty and Hunger

Continuous Degradation of natural resources such as food, medicinal plants, fuel wood etc. and land degradation might lead to poverty

MDG2: Achieve Universal Basic Education

Availability of water and energy sources particularly girls spend more hours gather

Ring water and fell water before going to school and firewood Burden of environmental health threats

MDG 3: Promote Gender Equality and Empower Women

Poor women exposed to indoor air pollution, burden of collecting fuel wood and water, and unequal access to land and natural resources

MDG 4: Reduce Child Mortality

Environmentally related diseases- indoor and local air pollution, unsafe water, poor sanitation

MDG 5: Improve Maternal Health

Physical stresses associated with the gathering of environmental resources such as firewood, good drinking water.

Food availability, water quality, poor sanitation etc caused by environmental degradation tend to affect maternal health.

MDG 6: Combat HIV/AIDS, Malaria and other Diseases

Environmental degradation might lead to poor local economic Mishaps, rural-urban migration and overcrowding. These may lead to HIV/AIDS etc.

Increase in temp associated with climate change, poor sanitation conducive for vector multiplication

MDG 8: Global Partnership

For Growth and Dev’t

How is your country affected by climate change and what are the responses they have put in place?

Climate change in Ghana has become a threat to livelihoods. Drought and over flooding in parts of the Northern Region of Ghana has become a yearly worry to the people and government. People along the banks of the Volta river are constantly displaced, homeless and landless. In the South particularly aquatic life is affected as a result of human activities and sea level rise that pollutes water bodies and the main economic activity which is fishing drops and this has affected the income levels of the people. The climate change impacts in Northern part of Ghana results in severe draughts in the dry season, severe floods, high temperatures, influx of pest and diseases taking away human life and property, currently most parts of Northern Ghana is flooded and has rendered people homeless, lost of agricultural products and property. The heavy lost of farm crops is predicted to bring famine if measures are not put in place. The government of Ghana has contracted engineers to come out with ways to solve the problem. The government is also in consultation with Burkina Faso to solve the flooding problems collectively.

"when the voice of the people become so loud the government has no alternative but to listen" Martin Luther King Jnr.

John F. Kennedy once observed that “our problems are man-made, therefore they may be solved by man.”

Kenneth Nana Amoateng
Abibimman Foundation
Ghana National Youth Coalition on Climate Change (GNYCCC)
P.O.BOX BT 1 Tema
Flat 1/A 74 Site 3
(OPP T.DC),Commmunit 1
Tel# 233-22-213918
Skype: kenneth.nana.amoateng
Mob# 2332-244023651

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