SHAPE Attitude Ghana and SACOST observe 2022 World Environment Day
SHAPE Attitude Ghana and the Centre for School and Community Science and Technology Studies (SACOST) of The Institute of Educational Research and Innovation Studies (IERIS), University of Education, Winneba (UEW), held a float and roundtable discussion on the topic “Only one earth: the need to protect it” to mark the 2022 World Environment Day.
As part of the celebration, the organisers with selected school pupils in the Effutu Municipality marched to brass band music through the principal streets of Winneba and ended at the SACOST, IERIS enclave. The pupils were addressed by Dr Yelkpieri, Head of SACOST; Wonderful Baisie Ghartey, CEO of SHAPE Attitude Ghana and representative of Ghana Education Service of Effutu on behalf of the Director, Mrs Mabel Judith Micah.
All the speakers spoke about the importance of taking good care of the earth without which our existence as humans would be threatened. The theme of the World Environment Day 2022 (WED) “Only One Earth” is very appropriate at this time that exploitation of the earth and accompanying degradation poses a challenge to human survival. It was, therefore, important that we raised awareness, especially among the young ones on the need to protect the environment.
The round table roundtable discussion delved into the main environmental challenges that confront the world today; the economic and health implications that these environmental challenges pose to the world; how to protect the environment from pollution and degradation; and how to use environmental studies as an effective way to address the situation through the educational system. The panelists were unanimous on the view that apart from the education and awareness, the regulatory bodies on environmental protection ought to enforce the laws or bye-laws to save our environment and the earth for that matter. This in their view should not be left to the central government alone and most importantly, there should not be any interference in the enforcement of the laws. The panelists were Wonderful Baisie Ghartey of SHAPE Attitude Ghana and Mrs Susana Martinson of the Environmental Health Office of the Effutu Municipality.
SACOST, IERIS and SHAPE Attitude Ghana organised the event in collaboration with the Effutu Municipal Directorate of the Ghana Education Service, Office of the Dean of Student Affairs, UEW, and the Departments of Graphic Design and Theatre Arts, also of UEW.