As activists, we are normally those guys who remind the conscious ones and inform those who are new and have the heart for the environment. So much has happened from history but so many limitations have persisted leading to what many referred to as “Words have changed all over the world, but actions seem to have remained the same”. Agreeing with Dr. Azoda of the University of Ghana, the world has fought for Sustainable Development, Sustainable Energy sources and Sustainable Environments but all these have shown their own limitations because they were never centered enough on the Human Revolution; that is the inner transformation enlightening mankind on the Oneness of selves and our Environments. We need to show people the lifestyle that works.
We marked the World Environment Day (WED) 2018 through the largest environmental gathering for youth in Ghana, Power Shift Ghana, with a different level of public education on waste management and re-echoing; Refuse it if you can’t reuse it, a thousand kick against single used plastics. You do not need a polythene bag for a lot of things you buy but you make it a habit to collect “rubber” for everything you purchase, let’s stop that one. Go to the market with your own shopping bag from home or reuse the one you brought home the last time. Refuse the straw and drink from the bottle, you do same with water why not drinks? Eat with steel or clean hands and save yourself from microplastics: those were some of the discussions Right here, Dr. Zanetor demonstrating to the audience the filth in Accra and the need to use degradable. Your waakye in banana leaves is tasty!
It is not surprising that most people turned out on June 5th with their reusable water bottles, steel, and wooden cutlery sets and got served with drinks in calabash and lunch in banana leaves as against the one-time used plastics, this is an indication that the media campaign is touching grounds and the following is a write up by Carl, one of the inspired friends who advocate for Good Health.
“World Environment Day (WED) occurs on the 5th of June every year and is the United Nation’s principal vehicle for encouraging awareness and action for the protection of our environment. First held in 1974, it has been a flagship campaign for raising awareness on emerging environmental issues from marine pollution, human overpopulation, and global warming, to sustainable consumption and wildlife crime. WED has grown to become a global platform for public outreach, with participation from over 143 countries annually. Each year, WED has a new theme that major corporations, NGOs, communities, governments, and celebrities worldwide adapt to advocate environmental causes.
The 2016 WED was organized under the theme “Go Wild for Life”. This edition of the WED aimed to reduce and prevent the illegal trade in wildlife. Angola was chosen as the host country of the 2016 WED during the COP21 in Paris.
The theme for 2017 was “Connecting People to Nature” – in the city and on the land, from the poles to the equator. The host nation was Canada.
The theme for 2018 is “Beat Plastic Pollution” and the host nation is India. This edition of the WED calls on people to strive for changes in their everyday lives and reduce the heavy burden of plastic pollution. People should be free from the over-reliance on single-use of disposables, as they have severe environmental consequences. We should liberate our natural places, our wildlife – and our own health from plastics.
This year, Good Life is highly privileged to join this environmental course and spread the word even further. What better way to tackle health on a holistic level! There’s too much pollution in the ground and in the atmosphere and if we’ve been able to identify plastic as an instrumental causative factor, then we also have a duty to act because we know. Introduce changes into your lifestyle – changes that don’t only favor you but also the environment. Anything you’re doing that’s affecting the environment poorly, please endeavor to quit. Let’s make the life in our environment last. Remind someone on social media about this”.
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