The Centre for School and Community Science and Technology Studies (SACOST) of the University of Education, Winneba in collaboration with shape Attitude Ghana, on Monday 5th June, 2017 celebrated the World Environment Day to educate and sensitise the general public on the essence of keeping the environment clean for human survival.

Representing the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Samuel Kwesi Aseidu-Addo remarked that the environment is for everyone, therefore there is the need for cohesive efforts by all people to make it a better place. He again commended Shape Attitude Ghana for collaborating with SACOST to sensitize the Winneba populace, and called in for more of such collaborations with the University and other organizations or institutions.    

Addressing the gathering, the Director of the Institute of Educational Research and Innovation Studies, IERIS, Prof. Jophus Anamuah-Mensah, who chaired the function, called on everyone to be part of the global efforts of ensuring a clean environment the world over to create a better place for the next generation.

He noted that the answer to change the attitudes of citizens in Ghana is education therefore the need to make values and good attitudes part and parcel of the educational syllabi, and inspire the youth to have positive impact on the environment as well. Also, he suggested that communities should enact policies to help make the environment a better place and make sure people adhere to such policies.

He again added his voice to the major campaign in the country which is the “Stop Galamsey” campaign and cautioned that if galamsey is not curtailed, water could be imported into the country in the near future, since its operations will destroy all the water bodies in the nation.

A representative from the Ghana Minerals Commission, Mr. Nelson Ahedor, made it known to the public that the environment is for all people and therefore the need to stand up to protect it. He revealed that, if anyone wants to engage in small scale mining, one must acquire the necessary license from the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources.

He upheld the notion that, “we all need to help stop illegal mining and entreated the Ghanaian populace to support the minister’s campaign to stop galamsey.”

Dr. Derrick Remeo Adogla was quick to add that it is everyones responsibility to protect the environment, therefore “we need to co-exist very well.”

He also advised that adopting responsible conservation is a crucial way of protecting the environment.

Touching on the topic of managing your domestic waste, Mr. Kingsley Robert Ayemin admonished the public to manage their household waste very well to help build a cleaner environment.

Adding to the plea of ensuring a cleaner environment, the chief fisherman for the Municipality entreated the people to desist from discriminately dumping refuse into the sea, and pleaded with the municipality to provide a lavatory for the people living along the beach to curb the tendency of people defecating along the beach.

The Head of SACOST Prof. Kolawole Raheem, reminded the public that World Environment Day is not just one day but every day of our lives and further put the public on alert that, the country’s problem is not only galamsey but also the depleting forest reserves.

He added that, SACOST’s responsibility is to educate and impact the young ones hence the collaboration with Shape Attitude Ghana.

The Project Director of Shape Attitude Ghana Mr. Wonderful Ghartey, entreated the public to shape their attitude as Ghanaians to champion the course of cleaning our environment.

He added that education and sensitization must be intensified to help mould the attitude of the young ones, and also take realistic and pragmatic measures to connect to nature.

The event also saw a new programme rolled out by Zoomlion Ghana being launched. “The Zoomkids Programme is aimed at educating the young ones on how to keep their surroundings clean that they may grow with this attitude”, said by Mrs. Sarah Kyei, National Coordinator, Zoomlion Foundation who launched the programme.

Source: Media Relations