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Youth groups team up for climate action, peacebuilding in Upper East Region

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Youth Harvest Foundation Ghana (YHFG) in partnership with the Ghana Youth Environmental Movement (GYEM) has taken some students and youth groups through peace and climate change advocacy in the Upper East region.

The two-day advocacy and awareness creation activities sought to highlight the importance of mitigating the impact of climate change and also promote peace in the region. Speaking to the media, the Program Manager at Youth Harvest Foundation Ghana, Augustina Achigibah, said the foundation together with GYEM Ghana believes that to better address climate change and its negative impact on the environment, the youth is a major stakeholder. According to Mrs. Achigibah, to combat climate change, peace is key, hence the inclusion of peace in their advocacy.

“We decided to partner with the Ghana Youth Environmental Movement (GYEM) to embark on this climate change awareness campaign involving young people because we believe that addressing issues of climate change should not be a concern for adults alone. The youth have a crucial role to play, so we decided to partner with GYEM to have this session, and we shall continue tomorrow with other activities.”

As part of the two-day activities, the team embarked on a float on the principal streets of Bolgatanga to advocate and create awareness of climate change and peace. Gloria Agyare, Program Manager at the Ghana Youth Environmental Movement, said the program came at the right time considering the faster rate at which environmental activities change amid insecurity in some communities.

The partners also presented a petition to the Upper East Regional Coordinating Council on the subject matter. Alhaji Abubakar Inusah, who received the petition on behalf of the Regional Minister, applauded the two organizations for undertaking the initiative in the region.

Alhaji Inusah gave the assurance that the RCC will also continue to work hard in addressing the impact of climate change in the region.

Source: A1Radioonline.Com|101.1MHZ|David Azure|Bolgatanga|

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