According to the World Economic Forum (2022), Ghana generates approximately 840,000 tonnes of plastic waste per year and approximately 9.5% of that is collected for recycling with a significant amount of plastic waste ending up in the oceans.
Away from the impact of plastic waste on the marine spaces, a significant number of plastic used in Ghana are non-biodegradable with a lot ending up on poorly regulated landfills and drains.FXB USA is committed to addressing sustainable development and the FXB Climate Advocates program aims to equip young people all over the world with the knowledge and advocacy tools by informing, empowering and mobilizing the youth to address climate crisis through the climate story workshop, climate change immersion, and advocacy tracks focusing on health, sustainable consumption, or energy facilitated by experts across the globe.Miss Mercedes N.Y.E.
Rowe Asamani, who is the Co-Chair of the Climate Working Group of the All-Africa Students Union, the Founder and President of the Institute for Inclusive Development, an NGO into climate activism, gender equality, promoting quality and accessible education as well as youth leadership development as well as a Researcher as part of her participation in the FXB Climate Advocates program and the fulfillment of the requirements to gain her certification, embarked on a project to educate market people at the Madina market on their contribution to minimizing plastic waste and also sensitize them on the consequences of such non-biodegradable plastic on the environment.
A lot of times, these people are left out on the conversations on plastic waste and climate change in general despite their significant numbers and contributions to climate issues.
One observation that was made was that because the non-biodegradable black polythene bags are given out for free, majority of shoppers prefer that to buying the sack bags.There are a lot of anthropogenic activities that result in climate crisis and with some sensitization and the involvement of the media in educating the masses coupled with state policies and an attitude change, our world will get better.
It is my hope that projects of these types are taken up by the youth.Miss Mercedes who recently graduated from the FXB Climate Advocates Program is calling on CSOs and NGOs in the Climate space to ensure inclusion in their quest to educate the masses on climate issues leaving no one behind particularly those in the informal sector and women in general.
Miss Mercedes Nana Yaa Egyiriba Rowe Asamani is an Author, an international speaker, a researcher, an Entrepreneur, a Climate and Sustainable Energy Transitions Advocate, and Policy Analyst.