COP21: CSOs in Ghana hold National Climate Rally for awareness creation

Some civil society organizations (CSOs) championing the action 2015 campaign in Ghana have embarked on a national climate change rally aimed at creating awareness on the just beginning Conference of Party (COP) 21, a global UN summit on climate change in Paris.

The rally led by the Purim African Youth Development Platform Ghana (PAYDP) was staged at the Agbogbloshie market in Accra on Sunday attracting masses of youth to the scene.

Executive Director of PAYDP Ghana, Aku Xornam Kevi, addressing the participants explained that the United Nations climate change summit of Conference of Party 21 which commenced on Monday, November 30 in Paris is indeed a very crucial moment for the world to achieve a new international agreement on climate change, applicable to all countries with the aim of keeping global warming below 2 degrees Celsius.

“If leaders deliver a bold new international climate agreement, they could set us on a path to a healthier and fairer world for everyone,” she said.

She further explained governments from more than 190 nations will try to reach an agreement on how to curb carbon pollution and boost resilience to impacts at the COP21 Paris climate talks starting from November 30th to 11th December, 2015.

According to her the action 2015 campaign movement, which is being mobilized by over 2,000 organizations, networks and coalitions from over 150 countries across the world recognizes November 29, the day before UN summit begins as the day of action which Ghana is also joining hands in with thousands around the world for the global climate change march.

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Before the commencement of the rally in Agbogbloshie, the organizers of the event demonstrated their love and care for the environment as part of efforts  to ensure good health and personal hygiene for all by collaborating with the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA), Zoomlion and the “Kayaye” Youth Association to vigorously clean up some parts of the market including the main lorry station park of the market.

Various leaders later took turns to address the participants during the rally, sending useful and powerful messages on how they can protect their God-given environment by ensuring they get rid of waste materials properly from the environment  and tackle the effects of the climate change that comes with it  so as to save the planet from deteriorating.

This includes the significance of   the COP21 to  world and for that matter Ghana  and the need for action on part of  Ghanaian youths  as long as action 2015 campaign is concerned.  

Chief of Old Fadama Maligunaa advised the participants, majority of whom are youths, to take sanitation work seriously since the marketplace is also filled with tons of wastes on daily basis.

He commended the organizers for the initiative in staging the rally, pledging his full support for the action 2015 campaign to yield result in the area.

In attendance were over 200 girls made up of the Kayaye Youth Association, some dignitaries from the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA), Chiefs and Opinion leaders of Old Fadama(area), Agbogbloshie market women in addition to Action 2015  coalition members from several Civil Society Organizations in Ghana.

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The rally dubbed “National Climate Rally and Music” was initiated by the PAYDP Ghana with fully supported by the Abibiman Foundation, Global Call to Action Against Poverty (GCAP) Alliance For Development (AFD), Moan Foundation, Action 2015 Ghana, Kayaye Youth Association, 350 G-ROC amongst others.

Climate change is said to be on the rise with its impact already hitting homes in all corners of the world especially the most vulnerable being the hardest hit.

Scientists however say the year 2015 will be the hottest year on record and communities are already feeling the impacts of climate change across the globe.

The United Nations believes the instability brought by the effects of the climate change will threaten peace with the climate change being considered as one of the greatest threats to world security.

It is of a firm belief that the crucial United Nations summit on climate change will address the world’s energy issues as well as tackle the effects of the climate change in totality if taken seriously by world leaders in over 190 countries who will be in attendance in Paris to sign a robust, universal agreement which can signal the end to dirty fossil fuel , the main cause of the problem.