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[Ambassador report] "Country's environmental regulation or infrastructure" - [Thematic Report]

by Justice Obiri | 06-12-2020 12:01 Comments 5 Comments recommendations 0 recommendations



"Country's environmental regulation or infrastructure"

Ghana is a country with many environmental issues. From water pollution to air pollution, land degradation, open defecation, galamsey, overfishing, and indiscriminate burning of refuse. These are just a few. Laws have been enacted to help curb this situations but it cannot be enforced because the government has done nothing to ensure that these problems are not encountered by the people on first hand. This means; if you teach a man to fish, he would stop coming to you to ask for fish. If the laws have been set, make sure the necessary tools or conditions that would prevent an individual from breaking the rules are made available. An example could the open defecation. If a rule is set that open defecation is highly not practicable in the country, then the government must ensure that toilets are built in every apartment, or there could be enough toilets facilities in each community to help facilitate the law. The situation is not like that anyway.

This notwithstanding, some regulations have been superb in the country and I would highlight a few;

1.     Illegal Harvesting of Rosewood: One good thing our current government did is to place a ban on the illegal logging or felling of Rosewood (Red Timber) which is an endangered species. I can attest to the fact people have been arrested and prosecuted for committing foul to this law and this has really helped improved the environment of the communities within which the Rosewood are located.

2.     Illegal mining (Galamsey): I wish I could give the government a thumbs up on this but I can’t. They started off by placing a ban on galamsey which really helped in the cleansing of our polluted water bodies. Within months, brown looking rivers saw gleaming colourless water flowing through them once again and all was well till the ban was lifted. We took a step forward and took three backwards again, and with the elections in Ghana being just two days away, for this I dare to vote against the government.

3.     Save Atewa Forest: Environmental enthusiast like myself took to demonstrations and consistent pressure to force the government to rescind on its decision to give Atewa forest for mining of bauxite to a Chinese company. I understand the ministry of forestry have labeled the forest as a reserve for the country now and hence mining cannot be done in it.

We still have a very long way to go as Ghanaians, I am still amazed that none of our TWELVE Presidential aspirants took just a single full page of their voluminous pages of promises (manifesto) to discuss the environment and the ways forward. It is a shame, and for this I am pissed L

 

Green Cheers from Ghana.

5 Comments

Justice Obiri

  • Justice Obiri says :
    Hi SJ Mentor, things are really fine with me. The problem is that, the rules have been enacted but the enforcement is the problem. If the rules are enforced and a certain group of people are pissed off, the government sees that as a reduction in votes which I think is very selfish on their part. We should endeavor to look at the brighter side of things.
    Posted 06-01-2021 10:34

SJ Mentor

  • SJ Mentor says :
    Hello Justice!
    It's your SJ mentor.

    Thank you for sharing your report regarding environmental regulations in Ghana.
    It is sad to hear about concerning various environmental issues.
    Adequate regulations should be made in accordance with the situation.
    We should give them time to improve rather than imposing them at once.
    So far, people seem to focus on other values rather than environmental values.
    That is the reason why it is important to change perceptions through education.
    Hope things are fine with you.

    Best regards,
    SJ mentor.
    Posted 22-12-2020 11:40

Dolma Diki Sherpa

  • Dolma Diki Sherpa says :
    Greetings from Nepal

    Thank you for sharing your information.
    We youth should concern and give pressure to government for those environmental issues.

    Keep writing keep sharing

    Regards

    Dolma
    Posted 15-12-2020 20:34

Mun WooJooMentor

  • Mun WooJooMentor says :
    Hello Justice,
    this is your mentor WooJoo.

    Warm greetings from South Korea.
    Thank you for sharing your report about environmental regulations of Ghana.
    I agree that in order to set a law and make people to follow it, infrastructures have to be settled together.
    It seems that the regulations you have mentioned are fabulous.
    Most important thing would be to continuously educate people, and let them know about the changes and the new laws, so everyone can follow them.
    Hopefully the statesman and all candidates try at least to increase their awareness of environment as well.

    Keep writing

    Regards,
    WooJoo
    Posted 14-12-2020 17:14

Vazira Ikhtiyorova

  • Vazira Ikhtiyorova says :
    Woah, indeed it was very informative to read! Have never even thought of the regulations or situation in there. Thanks!
    Posted 07-12-2020 05:06

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