Richard Edem Pomeyie
Movement: Fridays for Future Ghana
Organisation: The Ghana Environmental Movement
As the National Coordinator of The Ghana Youth Environmental Movement (GYEM), Perk works to empower young people to take action and respond to environmental issues in their communities through the Ghana Young Environmentalist Programme (GYEP). In 2019, Perk mobilized young people in Ghana to join the global climate strikes as part of the Fridays for Future mobilizations.
As part of his work with youth in Ghana, Perk saw it fit to assist GYEP to train promising grassroots activists between the ages of 15-30 years from each of the 16 regions of Ghana. They are being empowered with the tools, techniques and technology to self- organise and start a movement in their communities while building alliances with other activists and groups to strengthen their voice. Through this, the youth climate movement in Ghana seeks to gain extensive coverage in every part of the country, reaching and supporting groups and communities in every nook and cranny of Ghana to run campaigns that raise awareness from the bottom to the top.
Ghana currently faces a host of environmental problems such as deforestation, land degradation, water pollution, poor sanitation and waste management practices and climate crisis. Climate change, especially, is affecting the country’s agricultural productivity and food security, vital water resources and energy supply. Young people, women and children are the most vulnerable and are hard hit by the impact of these crises. Therefore, Ghanaian youth are creating and (re) claiming civil spaces to take action on the environment and the GYEP provides the platform to do just that.
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