Ghana, West Africa
Ghana is facing a lot of challenges with climate change brought on by environmental degradation and pollution. In the last decade, the weather patterns and duration of the rainy season and dry season have changed drastically due to climate change.
Additionally, trees are being cut down for timber and firewood and for use as charcoal. Due to excessive tree-cutting and deforestation, there are no windbreaks during heavy storms, which can wreak havoc on structures and whole communities. Creatures who depend on the trees for shelter and food also suffer. And bush burning, firewood and charcoal use also are causing air pollution.
During the 2022 rainy season, areas that historically have never flooded became flooded because of litter-clogged drains. The large drainages connecting to the sea are commonly choked by plastic waste as Ghana uses lot of plastics but recycles very little.
As a result, marginalized people and those living in poverty suffer the most because they rely on natural resources the most—yet they can’t afford to buy good land. Many end up in the slums and in the streets, where there is poor sanitation. Waterborne diseases are rampant in these flooded areas, too. It is not a good situation.
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Current Initiatives in Ghana
Hosting radio programs to sensitize people on caring for our common home and the importance of recycling. A total of four stations in three communities are giving the sisters airtime to deliver their important messaging.
Facilitating programs for widows and widowers to help them understand their faith, social justice issues and areas of health, and offer a setting where they can share support with one another.