Thursday, 15 October 2009

Blog Action Day: Climate Change

Every year, and sometimes every season, we notice what is happening to the world, how global warming is changing the climate. Last year I wrote about the delayed Harmattan and this year, arriving in Ghana mid-September, I was surprised by the cool, rainy season-like, Julyish temperatures that were still around.

While the Western world and parts of the East adapt their lives to protect our environment, it seems in Africa we're still too busy talking about other issues: war, famine and corruption to name a few.

When are we too going to make the environment a priority? In our case, changes made for the environment are often beneficial to us in other ways too. Changing our toilets to the water-efficient Half-flush/Full-flush system means we can reduce our water use and as a result combat our severe water shortage. Switching to energy lightbulbs (which has already quite effectively been done), lightens the load of the Akosombo Dam, as does an increased use of solar panels for electricity.

During my stay in Sweden this year, my favourite program was the World's Greenest Homes, an inspiring Canadian program that saw the crew visit households across the globe that are using energy efficient means to run their homes. Ghana is a perfect candidate for adopting many of these energy efficient ideas, after all we have enough solar, wind and water energy to power most of our daily household appliances.

While Ghana is producing ethanol to provide Sweden with one third of its ethanol consumption, one must wonder, when will we produce for ourselves? When will we use more environmentally friendly means of transport to travel within the country, instead of flying from Accra to Kumasi or Tamale to Accra?

When, in a country where thanks to the humidity, my kitchen bin naturally turns its contents into compost after being left to stand for a week, will we sort and recycle our waste and use our compost to plant new trees instead of burning our rubbish in plastic bags at the roadside?

Let's pay it forward, to our children, their children and generations to come. Let's do what we can to prevent further climate changes in the future.


Nana Yaw Asiedu said...

Well thought out as usual. And, it set me thinking about many things environmental.

Yngvild said...

You have lots of great ideas, and i hope and pray they will be put into action in Ghana soon!

On a different note... Would you please change my blogname in your link from 'dash' to 'The english version of it all'? I have finally gotten around to fix it... :) medawoase.

Maya Mame said...

Thanks Nana Yaw. Glad if my words can make you think environmentally.

Maya Mame said...

Sorry Yngvild, have been meaning to and keep forgetting. Will do it riiiight now!

Femme Lounge said...

yeah, protecting the environment is not yet on the top agenda of many African countries yet and i think its sad. its an issue that deserves more attention than we are presently giving it.

nice article maya.

Abena said...

Great piece Maya! Could not have put it better. We are noticing climatic changes but are we really doing something about it. Speaking of energy conservation. When I was in Gabon last year, a young man who was one of our housemates would leave his room with the lights, stereo, fan all on. When I asked him why he told me "Well in Gabon we don't have energy problems so we don't have to worry". He totally missed the big picture and failed to see that we are facing a serious global problem.

Maya Mame said...

Thanks Femme Lounge! We definitely need to work out a way of raising awareness as soon as possible.

Maya Mame said...

Abena, the guy's clueless, clearly not seeing the bigger picture!

There was some sort of No Smoking campaign here about a decade ago, I think that's the sort of hardcore, long running campaign we'll have to hope that the government launches (doubt it will be this government though, lol!) soon.

Yngvild said...

Thank you! :-)


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