Activists from a movement of youth led environmental organizations in Ghana will hold a street campaign tagged “Walk for Solar”. Scheduled for Monday 14th December 2015, the campaign will commence at Danquah Circle, Osu through the Oxford Street.
The “Walk For Solar” street action is intended to draw the attention of the Government of Ghana (GoG) and responsible agencies to abandon plans to construct a coal fired power plant in Ghana and rather shift towards renewable energy (clean energy), as world leaders met in Paris within the last two weeks to put an end to fossil fuel (dirty energy).
There is no doubt that climate change poses a severe threat towards our economy and livelihood. Several campaigns have been launched at the global front to put an end to fossil fuel – as it stands to be the most critical contributor towards global warming and climate change.
However, Ghana seems to have acclimatized to fossil fuels and is advancing plans for new fossil fuel infrastructure. In September 2015, Volta River Authority (VRA) announced the commencement of a coal power station in the Central Region which is expected to produce 2,000 MW at an estimated cost of 1.5 billion USD while the country strongly represent itself as committed to climate action.
Ghana submitted its Intended National Determined Contribution (INDC) towards the 21st Conference of Parties (COP 21) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Paris and responded to the UN declaration for “Sustainable Energy for All by 2030”.
Despite all these demonstrated commitments, issues on the ground seems to differ. It was a shock to many citizens hearing the announcement of a proposed coal power plant by the government of Ghana.
The president of Ghana stated during the COP21 leaders’ event that “reduced rainfall volumes have also affected electricity generation from our major hydro dam on the Volta River. This has made us seek thermal generation based on fossil fuels and liquid natural gas” – President John Dramani Mahama.
In view of this, activists and campaigners from a number of environmental groups have come together to raise their voice against the proposed coal power generation and advocate for solar energy which is under exploited in the availability of abundant sunlight.
Renewable energy is globally gaining attention as nations drift from dirty energy to clean energy – which additionally promotes green jobs and employment. Out of the 127 INDCs submitted towards COP21, 80 percent of them mentioned clean energy: 67 indicated clean energy targets and 35 committed to put forward clean energy actions.
On December 14th, we will wake up to the reality of ‘Dumsor’ where our governments and decision-makers are still in the clutches of inaction. No matter what their excuses are, we know what we need: clean energy that creates green jobs and strengthen community power and resiliency. It is imperative we keep fossil fuels in the ground and promote a just transition to renewable energy.
Hipsters of Nature
Ghana Youth Environmental Movement (GYEM)
Ghana Youth Climate Coalition (GYCC)
Green African Youth Organization (GAYO- Ghana)
Cc: Ministry of Power
Ministry of Energy
Ministry of Environment, Science & Technology
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Volta River Authority (VRA)
Sunon Asogli Power Ghana Limited
All Media Houses