The Ghana Youth Environmental Movement (GYEM) on Friday launched the Climate Action and Peace Education (CAPE) Project in Accra to address critical issues surrounding climate change and peace-building The project is also aimed at empowering Ghanaian youth with the knowledge and tools necessary to become agents of positive change in their communities. Speaking during the launch of the project, Glory Emmanuella Appiah, the Acting National Coordinator for GYEM, revealed that the CAPE Project would prioritise peace building and climate change mitigation. “The CAPE Project will focus on two key areas: climate action and peace building. There is an urgent need to address climate change, particularly in the context of Ghana's vulnerability to climate-related disasters. This project aims to increase awareness and engagement among Ghanaian youth by equipping them with the necessary knowledge and skills in disaster risk reduction. CAPE seeks to empower them to take meaningful action in response to the threats posed by climate change” she revealed. She disclosed that, with Ghana preparing for the upcoming 2024 elections, the CAPE Project would also strategically raise awareness on peace building to promote peace among youth by fostering a deeper understanding of the intersection between climate change, peace, and security. The CAPE Project will pursue three specific objectives such as enhancing Ghanaian youth awareness of climate change and its real-life consequences, including issues such as galamsey, agriculture, food security, and conflict. It will also help empower youth in flood-prone communities with the knowledge and skills to mitigate hazards and reduce their vulnerability to climate-related disasters as well as sensitize the youth on the relationship between climate change, peace, and security, fostering a culture of peace and dialogue in the run-up to the elections. The project will comprise a series of impactful activities. Firstly, the Climate4 Peace Campaign will take place in Bolgatanga, bringing together 500 youth from the northern regions of Ghana to highlight the correlation between climate action and peace building. Following this, the Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) training will occur in Mepe, targeting youth groups in the Volta Region to enhance awareness of everyday hazards and disaster preparedness. Finally, the Kokuromotie 4 Climate Arts & Photography Competition will serve as the culmination of the CAPE project.The youth will be invited to submit artworks and photography exploring themes related to climate action and the 2024 elections. A jury will be convened to assess the submissions and select the most outstanding entries, whose creators will be awarded prizes in recognition of their efforts.
Glory Emmanuella Appiah
Glory Emmanuella Appiah, urged all stakeholders, including government agencies, civil society organisations, and the media, to support and participate in the CAPE Project to help empower the Ghanaian youth to become champions of climate action and peace building in their various communities.