Today 22nd April 2014 marks Earth Day, a day set aside to demonstrate support for environmental protection all over the world. On days like this, several organizations, individuals and movements hold events to show their support for cleaner air, water and energy.
In many countries including Ghana, the ideas and actions of environmental activists have faced serious opposition by forces that believe the real problem of environmental pollution as told by activists are distorted, exaggerated or by mere emotional declaration and propaganda. In African countries, consciousness of the general populace on environmental protection as been on a low with very little interest in activities that seek to promote the cause. All these pose a major challenge to governments and smaller groups that seek to advance the cause of the environment in the wake of recent environmental challenges such as climate change and what do to about them.
A Gallup poll conducted in March this year found that only one third of the American population worried a great deal about climate change and global warming. According to the findings, the remaining two thirds are not motivated to do anything about environmental problems until they become disastrous. The poll also revealed that the attitude has been like that over the last four decades. In Ghana over 50% of the population testify to the effects of climate change however do not really care about how to manage or control the situation.
The theme for this year’s observance is “Green Cities”, which places focus on the unique environmental challenge of our time especially as the world’s population migrates to cities, and as the bleak reality of climate change becomes increasingly clear.
With more and more people calling for the creation of sustainable communities, the 2014 Earth Day observance will look at smart investments in sustainable technology, forward-thinking public policy, and an educated and active public that can transform cities and forge a sustainable future.
By: Jonas Nyabor/233livenews