Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Abibiman Foundation World Environment Day 2018

World Environment Day June 5
Theme: Beat Plastic Pollution 
Slogan: Love your Environment

World Environment Day (WED) is the United Nations’ principal vehicle for encouraging worldwide awareness and action for the environment. Over the years it has grown to be a broad, global platform for public outreach that is widely celebrated by stakeholders in over 100 countries. It also serves as the ‘people’s day’ for doing something positive for the environment, galvanizing individual actions into a collective power that generates an exponential positive impact on the planet.

With 1 million plastic drinking bottles purchased every minute and up to 5 trillion disposable plastic bags used every year, plastic pollution is threatening our ecosystems, biodiversity because Plastic waste when left in soils have an impact on soil fertility.

Abibiman Foundation urges government, business, local communities, and indigenous people to come together explore sustainable alternatives and urgently reduce the production and excessive of plastic polluting that damaging marine life and threatening human health.

Abibiman Foundation believe young people have the key to end plastic pollution because plastic pollution is a lifestyles and have a direct effect on young people. We have a greater responsibility as people to ensure that the environment is improved and maintaining the environmental integrity is the responsibility of every individual within the society

Let use innovative means to turn the overwhelming rubbish and filth around them into life enhancing resources and use innovative means to turn the overwhelming rubbish and filth around into life enhancing resources.
Abibiman Foundation has contributed tremendously in creating awareness about our Planet and Human health in Ghana and we have been at the forefront of environment advocacy campaigns.
What behavioral changes are you making to reduce plastic pollutants? Let’s all play our part to turn trash into treasure. World Environment Day is the opportunity for everyone to realize the responsibility to take action for planet and Human health

PRESS STATEMENT ON WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY 2018


PRESS STATEMENT ON WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY

Plastic waste management is of great necessity not for our cities and urban areas but for the rural areas as well. We are always concerned with how we can properly and sustainably manage the tons of plastic waste generated every day to help maintain our environment to save our mother earth and help humans to live a good healthy environment. Plastic pollution however can be attributed the phenomenon of overcrowding in our cities which has caused a rapid increase in the plastic wastes generated. Unfortunately, the amount of plastic waste, one of the most important by-products of an urban lifestyle, is growing even faster than the rate of urbanization.

We have had serveral methods as a nation in trying to dispose off or properly manage this plastic waste mostly through combustion which is not environmentally friendly since it releases carbon dioxide to the atmosphere. This carbon dioxide is a major contributor to climate change. Also plastic wastes are also used for landfilling and because they are not bio-degradable, they do not decompose.
Some of these plastic waste are dumped into the ocean which become marine debris. Marine debris is a problem that affects these coastal areas and the sea floor at all depths, and its impact is of global significance.  It has been recognized as a serious pollutant for over a long time but unfortunately has only gained widespread recognition in the recent decade. This cause habitat destruction by affecting water quality and causing physical damage to sensitive ecosystems.
     
If the situation is not given the attention it deserves major changes in environmental conditions or interdependent relationships can cause the marine ecosystem to fail and hence affect the coast‘s ability to adequately provide for the plants, animals and humans that depend on it and each other to survive.

In this light, Abibiman Foundation believes that as the world and Ghana marks World Environment Day with the theme ‘’Beat Plastic Pollution’’, intensive education is urgently needed to raise Ghanaians’ awareness of the negative impact of irresponsible waste disposal in general and plastic waste in particular. Education must also be used to forge a positive change in our attitude to plastic waste management mostly among young people.

We believe that a plastic waste management fund should be created to support recycling and upgrading of plastic waste infrastructure to promote private-public partnerships in the development and sustainable management of plastic waste infrastructure in the country. We believe that the fund should be resourced with voluntary contributions from industry and industry players, Government and other donors; and these contributions should be tax exempt.

While there are laws regulating the dumping of trash at sea and on shore, the global nature of marine debris, the inability to confine debris within territorial boundaries and the complexity of identifying debris sources have made effective laws difficult to develop and even harder to enforce. Abibiman Foundation is of the view that, the key to controlling marine litter is to tackle it at source and this is not only consistent with the precautionary principle, but would appear to be the only management option that is economically sustainable in the longer term.

In due course, collaboration and harmonization by the government of Ghana with other riparian countries along the Gulf of Guinea should take the obligatory actions and measures including cleaning campaigns that can help keep the coastline free from marine debris in the long term.
Abibiman Foundation is therefore making a passionate appeal to government, all civil society organizations and the general public to join the campaign to end plastic pollution in our ocean.

Sunday, June 3, 2018

Abibiman Foundation is calling for independent committee to assess impact of oil spillage in Tema


PRESS RELEASE
June 4, 2018

INVESTIGATE & ASSESS IMPACT OF OIL SPILLAGE IN TEMA

Abibiman Foundation is calling on Government of Ghana to immediately set up a independent committee to conduct an immediate investigations and environmental assessments on the impacts of the oil spillage at Tema port and its environs on Saturday, May 26, 2018 at 9:42pm, the vessel which was carrying 1,200 metric tons of light crude oil. 

Articles 10 and 11 of Abidjan Convention require Parties to take all appropriate measures to prevent, reduce, combat and control coastal

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs 14) Target 14.1: By 2025, prevent and significantly reduce marine pollution of all kinds, in particular from land-based activities, including marine debris and nutrient pollution

The impact of this spillage must be monitored to ensure that both the environment and livelihoods of the fishermen and other local dependents within the catchment area are adequately compensated and protected.

Abibiman is worried about the current lack of capacity in oil spillage response and the failure to ensure compliance and enforcement of quality standards to prevent avoidable accidents from occurring.

These failings, once again, has culminated into huge environmental destruction of coastal and inland biodiversity which rural community livelihoods depend on. 

We urge the Ministry of Transport, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority (GPHA), Ghana Navy, Ghana Maritime Authority and Ministry of Fisheries and Aquaculture Development through its regulatory agencies to recognize the urgent need for a new independent mechanism that would conform to international best practice to prevent, identify, and respond to such oil spills in Ghana and clean up contaminated sites for the benefit of local communities and people living in the affected area.  

Abibiman urge agencies responsible to ensure immediate clean up and restoration of the damaged environment in the affected areas since it plays a critical role in the livelihoods of residents within the Tema metropolis and the country at large.

Government must put all necessary measures in place to avoid reoccurrences of similar oil spillage in the future.
                        
Signed: Kenneth Nana Amoateng-http://www.abibimmanfoundation.org/info@abibimanfoundation.org

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Abibiman Foundation welcomes into force legally binding of the Minamata Convention on Mercury. A turning point for the Planet & Human health and together the journey has just begun

Abibiman Foundation welcomes into force legally binding of the Minamata Convention on Mercury. A turning point for the Planet & Human health and together the journey has just begun

Today, 16 August 2017 is a historic day; the Minamata Convention on Mercury, which aims to protect human health and the environment, becomes legally binding and enter into force today. Adopted in October 2013 and in accordance with Article 31, the Minamata Convention enters into force, ninety days after the date of deposit of the fiftieth instrument of ratification, acceptance, approval or accession, which happened on May 18th, 2017. So far, there are 128 Signatories and 74 Parties to the Convention. The Government of the Republic of Ghana signed the Convention on 24 September 2014 and ratified it this year on 23 March 2017.

From today, we have the opportunity to chart a new course; a course that is expected to control the anthropogenic releases of mercury throughout its lifecycle in order to protect people and the environment from the harmful effects of mercury and its related compounds. 
Exposure to mercury have debilitating effects on the brain and nervous system, digestive system and the kidney, among others. Memory loss and language impairment as well as harmful effects on unborn children and infants are also known to be products of exposure to mercury and environmental damage estimated at $22 billion," according to a UNEP.

From 2020, the Convention will ban the production, import and export of products that contain mercury, including blood pressure monitors, clinical thermometers, high-pressure mercury lamps, and topical antiseptic agents. Until 2020, the Convention will encourage signatory countries to gradually reduce their use of mercury. In the case of small-scale gold mining, for which mercury is being used indiscriminately, the Convention has stipulated reduction in usage of mercury. The treaty also states that for constructing coal-powered thermal power plants, the countries which are signatories will be required to include equipment to help minimize mercury emissions.

Environmental Protection Agency of Ghana (EPA), which is the main regulatory body for ensuring the enforcement of the provisions of the Convention, has put together national planning committee.
Notwithstanding, Abibiman Foundation believes that knowledge of this Convention and government’s approach is limited among several stakeholders, we call on the EPA to adopt a bottom-up’ rather than a ‘top-down’ approach and ensure all relevant stakeholders are actively involved in the process.

Further, Abibiman Foundation believes the following areas also require pressing attention:

1.     Researching sources of illegal mercury imports, including the existing or likely mercury entry points into Ghana, and the distribution networks within the country.

2.      Coordination with our neighboring countries 
3.      Involving Stakeholders in the Implementation and Continuing Development of the National Action Plan
Ensuring transparency, monitor and implementation of the Minamata Convention on Mercury, however, will definitely fail if the monitoring, evaluation and accountability structure is weak
Government of Ghana must go beyond verbal and written statements, and make available resource allocation for the National Action Plan to address challenges relating to the reduction and elimination of Mercury  

Abibimman Foundation wish to congratulations all the 74 countries who have ratified the Convention and call on other countries to make history today by ratify the Minamata Convention on Mercury #MakeMercuryHistory #mercurypollution

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

World Climate Simulation Training in Ghana

Climate Interactive and Abibiman Foundation, have organized a World Climate Simulation and Training Event at the United Nations Information Centre in Accra on July 11 to 12, 2016.
Young people from civil society and Ghana’s universities participated in the event. There were climate and environment activists and students.
World Climate Event, WCE, basically, is a simulation of the World Climate Negotiations that takes place at the annual COP events. The goal is to help young people understand the full picture on how to address climate change and other critical challenges. The event was to equip the delegates to join others from other parts of the world in running the World Climate Simulation and engaging others on climate change.
Delegates played the World Climate game and worked with the C-ROADS software to model global temperature changes. The exercise raised the level of engagement of participants when they were faced with the reality of how much work needed to be done to keep global temperature rise below 2°C by the year 2100.
The Accra World Climate Simulation Event was facilitated by Juliette Bohland from Climate Interactive World Climate Africa Project and Travis Franck from Boston.
With the COP22 climate negotiations happening in Morocco later this year, Climate Interactive and its partners around the world want to make sure everyone has a chance to better understand the climate challenge.

Monday, August 22, 2016

ABIBMAN FOUNDATION PARTICIPATES IN CLEAN COOKING ALLIANCE MEETING

Abibiman Foundation on 19th August 2016 participated in the 2nd ordinary general meeting of the Ghana Alliance for Clean Cookstoves (GHACCO) as member of the Alliance. The 2nd ordinary general meeting was held to brief members of the achievements and on-going activities of the alliance and to discuss new developments for effective promotion of clean cookstoves in Ghana towards the achievement of the sustainable energy for all agenda.
The workshop saw the participation of about 50 members including the presence of Arjit Basut and Kwesi Sarpong of the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves who also briefed the members on the programs that the Global Alliance is implementing in Ghana and West Africa which includes the Awareness Creation Campaign and lessons learnt.
Executives from the Regional Steering Committees from the Ashanti (Mr. Michael of Man and Man Enterprise)and Greater Accra regions were also present and shared their activities for the year, challenges and experiences and plans for the rest of the year.
The meeting provided opportunities for members to be updated on on-going activities including the evidence based advocacy voices for Change project of SNV, the awareness creation campaign, elections of regional executives and the clean cooking festival of the Ghana Education Service aimed at educating youth on the clean cooking.
Mr Kenneth Nana Amoateng is a Naitonal Executive Board member

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Speech Delivered By Abibiman On The 5th Africa Students And Youth Summit Theme: “Climate Change, Implications For Food Security In Africa

Madam Chairperson,
H.E Mrs. Pavely Tenal Musaka, 
The minister of Mesti, Hon. Mahama Ayarigah,
The Minister of foreign Affair and Regional Integration, Hon. Hannah Tetteh,
The minister of Education, Hon. Prof. Jane Nana Opoku-Agyeman,
All protocols observed, 
The issues of climate change and food insecurity have become topical around the globe. The agricultural sector is highly vulnerable to climate change, especially where farming relies heavily on rain. African countries are particularly vulnerable to climate change because, in addition to their dependence on rain-fed agriculture, they experience high levels of poverty, low levels of human and physical capital and poor infrastructure.
As both staple and cash crop agriculture are almost entirely rain-fed, rainfall variability during the growing season leads to fluctuating food production from year to year. Changes in rainfall also often lead to reduced harvest of staple foods, thus contributing to food insecurity.
Madam Chairperson, distinguished guest, many crops have annual cycles, and yields fluctuate with climate variability, particularly rainfall and temperature. Maintaining the continuity of food supply when production is seasonal is therefore challenging. Droughts and floods are a particular threat to food stability and could bring about both chronic and transitory food insecurity. Both are expected to become more frequent, more intense and less predictable as a consequence of climate change.
In rural areas that depend on rain fed agriculture for an important part of their local food supply, changes in the amount and timing of rainfall within the season and an increase in weather variability are likely to aggravate the precariousness of local food systems.
It is to be noted, the affordability of food is determined by the relationship between household income and the cost of a typical food basket. Global food markets may exhibit greater price volatility, jeopardizing the stability of returns to farmers and the access to purchased food of both farming and non-farming poor people.
Madam Chairperson, distinguished guests, the change in seasonality attributed to climate change can lead to certain food products becoming more scarce at certain times of year. Such seasonal variations in food supply, along with vulnerabilities to flooding and fire, can make livelihoods more vulnerable at certain times of the year. Although these impacts might appear indirect, they are important because many marginal livelihood groups are close to the poverty margin, and food is a key component of their existence.
Agriculture is often at the heart of the livelihood strategies of these marginal groups; agricultural employment, whether farming their own land or working on that of others, is key to their survival. In many areas, the challenges of rural livelihoods drive urban migration. As the number of poor and vulnerable people living in urban slums grows, the availability of non-farm employment opportunities and the access of urban dwellers to adequate food from the market will become increasingly important drivers of food security.
Agriculture-based livelihood systems that are already vulnerable to climate change face immediate risk of increased crop failure, loss of livestock and fish stocks, increasing water scarcities and destruction of productive assets. These systems include small-scale rain fed farming, pastoralism, inland and coastal fishing and forest-based systems. Rural people inhabiting coasts, floodplains and drylands are most at risk.
The urban poor, particularly in coastal cities and floodplain settlements, also face increasing risks. Among those at risk, pre-existing socio-economic discriminations are likely to be aggravated, causing nutritional status to deteriorate among women, young children and elderly, ill and disabled people. Future vulnerability is likely to affect not only farmers, fishers, herders and forest-dependent people, but also low-income city dwellers, in developing countries, whose sources of livelihood and access to food may be at risk from the impact of extreme weather events and variable food prices, and who lack adequate insurance coverage.
Madam Chairperson, distinguished guests, the youth run the risk of them also contributing to climate change and failing to mitigate it, just as past generations have been doing. In order for the youth to actively and meaningful participate and influence development into the direction of climate resilient development, it is important that they understand these issues and the challenges to their achievement.
Given this scenario, there is need to allow the youth to actively participate in addressing the climate change problems, not as victims but more importantly as solution providers. It is in this context that the African youth should be recognised (not only on paper) as an age group with a lot of potential in addressing the climate change problem which spans within and across generations.
Madam Chairperson, distinguished guest, in order for Africa to achieve climate resilient development, there is a need create appropriate packages for climate change adaptation and mitigation for the youth in particular. If the youth are not actively involved in the current climate change adaptation and mitigation efforts, they themselves when they pass the youth stage will keep on doing the same old ways which have been found to go against the objective of climate resilient development.
This therefore require everyone’ participation, which calls for the active participation of the youth; it is in the youth that today and tomorrow’s development foundation is anchored. Growing attention to climate change and sustainable development offers a chance for green economic growth. Green jobs not only provide much-needed employment opportunities for youth, they also give the youth an outlet to contribute directly to the fight against climate change by adopting green behaviors in their private lives.
Thank you
Kenneth Nana Amoateng
Abibiman Foundation-
http://www.abibimmanfoundation.org

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