As part of activities marking the Global Work Party on 10.10.10; about 5000 events in 170 countries were coordinated by the climate activist group 350.org on October 10, 2010. More than 350 of these events were in Africa. According to 350.org media statements, in the days surrounding the work party, U.S. President Barack Obama, Maldivian President Mohamed Nasheed, and Illinois Governor Pat Quinn all committed to installing solar on their official residences. Mexico City and Parisian Mayors committed to cut their city’s emissions 10% over the next year. Dozens of politicians, from US Senators to the President of the Timor-Leste Parliament joined rallies. Ghana was not left out on this Global Work party celebration. A couple of activities took place in different parts of Ghana. I happened to find myself in Sekondi/Takoradi during the morning of the #101010 where the Mangrove Conversational Festival took place.
The Mangrove Conservation Festival was organized by the Coastal Resources Center (CRC-Ghana) in collaboration with Crisis Action Solutions (CASOLS) and supported by Friends of the Nation (FoN) at the Essei Lagoon, Bakano in Sekondi. The programme started at 6am with a clean-up of the mangroves amidst brass band music. There was a tree-planting exercise where 50 mangrove seedlings were planted. This exercise signifies a symbol of dedication to preserving the wetlands; an action towards climate change mitigation measures. 3 school clubs; Youth in Wetland Clubs (YWC) were formed by the NGO; Crisis Action Solutions (CASOLS) courtesy a small grant funding from Coastal Resources Center (CRC-Ghana). WYCs are being trained to serve as agents of change in their communities and to also serve as ambassadors for wetlands conservation.
There were poetry recitals from members of the newly formed YWC and a film show on Wetlands later in the day.
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About the AuthorKarl Burkart is the Digital Communications Director for the GCCA, the Global Call for Climate Action, and TckTckTck, a network of 400+ diverse organizations working around the world for greater action on the growing problem of climate change. Karl also blogs on technology and the environment for a variety of publications. You can follow him on Twitter @greendig.
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