Action for Climate Empowerment (ACE) is a term adopted by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). It refers to Article 6 of the Convention’s original text (1992), focusing on six priority areas: education, training, public awareness, public participation, public access to information, and international cooperation on these issues.
The implementation of all six areas has been identified in recent years as the pivotal factor for everyone to understand and participate in solving the complex challenges presented by climate change. The importance of ACE is reflected in other international frameworks such as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the Global Action Programme for Education for Sustainable Development (GAP on ESD) and the Aarhus Convention.
Members of CCSE are part of the ACE working group of the youth Constituency (Youngo) of the United Nations Framework Conventions on Climate Change and they contribute in policy formulation and implementation.
CCSE is also actively involved in the annual ACE dialogue, which is organized by the UNFCCC Secretariat at the Bonn SBI Sessions. Ghana has successfully incorporated Climate Change Education in School Curriculum at the basic level and through our Teach for Climate (T4C) Initiative; training workshops are organized for Basic School teachers on how to incorporate quality climate change education in their teaching. They are able to teach their students and sometimes able to empower the entire community to take actions to mitigate and adapt to the effects of climate change.
Biodiversity is the very basis of human survival and economic well-being and encompasses all life forms, ecosystems and ecological processes. Unfortunately, Biodiversity loss and conservation have been a global focus for such a long time. Human activities have degraded Ghana’s Biological resources significantly and species are constantly becoming endangered. Young people are an important constituency in the conservation of biodiversity and have a huge impact on it.
Illegal Mining popularly known as “Galamsey” is destroying our cocoa farmlands, which houses certain species of birds and provides shades for certain plants and animals in our ecosystem. Clearing of cocoa farmlands destroys many wildlife habitats and plant species diversity is drastically reduced.
At CCSE, we sensitize and educate cocoa farmers in our communities on the importance of Cocoa farms to biodiversity conservation. We also empower and give them training on Sustainable Cocoa production.
Young farmers in Ghana are experiencing the effects of agriculture on their farmlands in the form of increasing temperatures, weather variability, shifting agroecosystem boundaries, invasive crops and pests, and more frequent extreme weather events. With the requisite knowledge and expertise, they can be very innovative in agriculture by adapting Climate resilient agriculture techniques. Climate resilient agriculture involves a wide-range of practices that sustainably increase productivity and resilience, reduce and/or remove greenhouse gas emissions where possible and augments the achievement of food security.
It is in that regard that CCSE started its Model Climate Smart Agriculture in 2021 (MOCSA) in the Eastern Region of Ghana. The MOCSA project provides a learning platform for CCSE members to have a hand on experience on how to practice Climate Smart Agriculture by integrating climate resilient crops and livestock rearing on the same piece of land at the same time.
Trees are an important part of every community. The streets, parks, playgrounds and backyards when lined with trees creates a peaceful, aesthetically pleasing environment. Trees contribute to the environment by providing oxygen, improving air quality, climate amelioration, conserving water, preserving soil, and supporting wildlife. Trees also lower the air temperature and reduce the heat intensity of the greenhouse effect by maintaining low levels of carbon dioxide.
CCSE initiated the 1 Life – 1 Tree (1L1T) project in 2020 to mobilize the planting of 1 million trees in communities highly affected by the effects of climate change. The 1 million trees includes mangroves to protect life under water.
The first 300 trees were planted in the year 2020 involving 12 communities. In the year 2021, Trees were planted in the Okurase in the Eastern Region of Ghana and Tumu in the Northern Region of Ghana.
Waste management as a priority is critical to addressing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).The waste management challenge in Ghana remains uphill despite several interventions by government and other major stakeholders. It is an issue that traverses the economic, social, and environmental dimensions of the country and finding innovative solutions is critical now more than ever.
The waste management sector in Ghana requires action on multiple fronts, include investment in waste reduction, reuse and recycling. The vast majority of e-waste in Ghana is managed under poor environmental, health and safety conditions. Open burning of cables and manual disassembly of lead-acid batteries are still widely used practices, causing significant environmental pollution and damage to human health.
CCSE in partnership with an association in the informal e-waste recycling sector at Agbogbloshie (An e-waste scrapyard in the suburb of Accra) and provides them with training on best practices in recycling e-waste.