GEMANEWS: Monday, 5th June, 2023
The Ga East Municipal Assembly (GEMA) has partnered Academic City University College (ACUC) to observe the World Environment Day on Monday, 5th June, 2023.
World Environment Day, also called the Eco Day or Environment Day, is a day (5th June every year) set aside by the United Nations (UN) to help encourage the awareness and action to protect the our environment.
The commemoration of the day is supported by many Non-Governmental Organizations, businesses, governments and governmental bodies, and represents the primary United Nations outreach day supporting the environment.
The theme for this year's celebration was hashtagged, "#BeatPlasticPollution", highlighting people's actions toward plastic pollution reduction and encouraging individuals, governments, and international bodies to prioritize eco-friendly practices for a greener world and the protection and sustenance of the environment.
To mark the day, the Ga East Municipal Assembly collaborated with the Academic City University College at Narhman-Bohye to train and empower 50 women drawn from various facet and sectors of the society including traditional leaders, market women, teachers, Persons With Disabilities (PWDs), women's groups, religious bodies, Assembly staff and members, as well as students from the University and some visiting teachers from the USA.
The training programme aimed at educating participants on how to manage plastic waste and also promote environmental sustainability and earn an income by so doing.
Mr. Charles Ampomah Asabre, the Municipal Environmental Health Officer (MEHO), who represented the Municipal Chief Executive (MCE), Hon. Elizabeth Kaakie Mann, emphasized the important role women play in safeguarding the environment and urged them to take advantage of the opportunity and learn to benefit themselves and others.
“Let’s all pay attention to what will be thought today, get the concepts and pass it onto others so our environment will be clean from plastic waste”, Mr Asabre said.
"Women are the custodians of the environment so if you want to see a drastic change or improvement in our environment, then there is the urgent need and conscious efforts have to be made to include women in all environmental-related activities", the MEHO added.
The facilitator, Mr. Awuku Makafui, took the participants through a series of sessions on some recycling techniques and processes and used same to educated them on how to recycle plastic waste such as pure water rubbers, empty plastic bottles etc. and turn them into other useful items like handbags, raincoats, plates, bowls, spoons, etc.
He admonished to imbibe the principles of plastic waste management through the four (4) 'Rs', that is, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, and Recover, and let it guide them in their daily activities.
He also outlined some economic opportunities of recycling plastic waste which included picking or gathering of plastic wastes and selling to companies, making products out of plastic waste and selling them to the public, among others.
“I urge you all women to take what you have learnt very seriously because it has opened several opportunities for people both in and outside Ghana including m myself. You can earn some cool money from this”, he remarked.
The Director of Marketing and Communication at the Academic City University College, Ms. Nelly Agyeman-Gyamfi, expressed their delight in partnering the Assembly to commemorate the World Environment Day.
She indicated their commitment towards promoting environmental sustainability and encouraging community participation in initiatives that benefit both society and the environment.
Ms. Agyeman-Gyamfi underscored the importance of the training workshop for the as it provides a unique opportunity to raise community awareness about urgent environmental issues and promote sustainable practices with focus on women who are often engage in practices that cause pollution of the environment through plastic waste and therefore play a pivotal role in finding solutions to same.
The University presented a plastic waste measuring scale with a large-sized sack for storage which were produced by students of the school.
The participants were presented with certificates at the end of the training workshop.