GIP called on Parliament to inact climate laws
Sunyani, October 19, 2022
The Ghana Institute of Planners (GIP) has called on the Parliament of Ghana to consider the severe impact and devastations by climate and as matter of urgency enact laws to tackle human activities causing climate change and associated crises.
The GIP made the call on Tuesday at a maiden climate justice promotion capacity building and knowledge sharing platform in Sunyani.
It was on the theme: “climate change, inequalities and building a local resilience: promoting climate justice through planning activism” organized by the Sunyani Zone of the GIP and sponsored by Original Asaseaban company limited, Goil, the G2 Foundation, a charitable Non governmental organization into the welfare of the vulnerable.
The training was a “continuing professional development capacity building” for particularly young and student planners to adapt climate mitigation system and strategies, as well as putting climate issues in the centre of their daily endeavors and policies for national development.
The event was attended by more than 160 participants including heads of departments, government officials, Chiefs, students, physical development planners from the Bono, Bono East and Ahafo regions and persons with disabilities, the Environmental Protection Agency, Social Welfare, Environmental Dialogue Network Ghana, the GIZ, Officials from the Forestory Commission, the Ghana National Fire Service, plan. Dominic Oppong, the Sunyani Municipal Planning Officer.
Planner Dr. Michael Addaney, a lecturer at the department of land management of the University of Energy and Natural Resources (UENR) and research fellow, earth system governance project, Netherlands has said.
In a presentation, he stated “polluters must bare the cost in addressing the pollution” to deter other perpetrators.
Earlier addressing the gathering, Madam Justina Owusu-Banahene, the Bono Regional Minister in a heartfelt mood stated chemical fishing and farming, indiscriminate dumping of rubbish and other environmental criminalities were “causing the system to bleed severely”.
She stated “Ghana’s capacity to stand the shocks of climate change is weak”, hence the critical need to collectively deal with factors causing the crises, saying, “let’s collectively say big no to indiscriminate waste disposal and environmentally unfriendly activities”.
Mad. Owusu-Banahene added the environment should be solemnly respected and everybody should be mindful about their actions against the society because “the effects are unbearable if we sit unconcern”.
In his welcome address, Planner Ata-Era A. James, the Sunyani Zonal Chairman of the GIP later in an interview with the media ask the Municipal and District Assemblies to strengthened their by-laws to prevent reckless environmental criminalities.
According to him, most causes of climate change and impact in Ghana were indiscriminate human activities including galamsey, throwing plastic and rubbers anyhow, illegal chainsawing and logging as well as excessive sandwinning.
Ms Gifty Nyarko, the Sunyani West Municipal physical development planning Director and Sunyani Zonal Secretary of the GIP said climate change affects mostly the vulnerable people, thus, persons with disabilities, aged, children and people in rural communities.
This has therefore necessitates a strong collaboration of all stakeholders and partners of development with the physical development planners to ensure professionalism and principles in their duties for Ghana to be a safer place for all and also help the realization of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), particularly Goal 13.
Osabarima Kwabena Yeboah Ababio, the Kontrihene of Odumase No1 Traditional area who chaired the occasion stressed the “critical need for high level of commitment to make the right choices in all endeavors to save our environment”, saying that “vulnerability and flooding escalating in resent time was caused by ourselves”.
“Let’s look for environmental and social justices as well as promoting tree planting at least every month to conserve our water bodies”, he added.