Ghana chooses climate change ambassador ahead of Paris conference

Ghana has chosen Master Divine Katamani–Fudze of Ghana National Senior High School as climate change ambassador after he emerged the ultimate winner in a fierce national contest featuring 886 schools.

Master Katamani–Fudze would be flown to Paris, France, to participate in the 21st Conference of Parties (COP21), from November 30 to December 11, where 90 countries would meet to discuss and try to hammer out a deal to tackle global warming.

The contest was launched in September and was categorised into primary, junior high and senior high schools including vocational and special schools.

The contestants were billed to make drawings depicting their experiences on the impact, solutions, mitigation and adaptations of climate change in their local communities.

Master Tahiru Mukarik of Kultaminse Junior High School (JHS) at Pusiga in the Upper East region topped the JHS category, while Master Ibrahim Lukman from Choggu Primary ‘A’ in the Northern Region also came first in the primary division.

The second prizes went to Master ziddah Maxline Kofi of Mawuli Senior High School in the Volta Region, and Master Phil Nkrumah Bright of KNUST Junior High School, while Master Joel Owusu Ansah of Sunflower School in the Greater Accra topped the primary category.

The third prize winners included Nana Sarpong Prempeh Fordjour of Koforidua Secondary Technical School in the Eastern Region, Master Enam Caleb Banini of Morning Star and Master Abdul Razak Shafatu from Dohilly Shilly Primary School in the Northern Region.

The second and third prize winners received plagues, certificates, 30 T shirts each, European Union goodies, garden tools and seedlings among others.

Former President John Agyekum Kufour, United Nations special envoy on climate change, at the end of the contest to crown the winner, said “If we don’t do something now by the end of this century, life wouldn’t be easy. We have responsibility for our generation, the fight is intergenerational, perhaps we didn’t see it, but this generation has seen it now.

He urged world leaders to seriously consider solutions to emissions produced by activities of the industrial world, and the incessant cutting down of trees or felling of timber by Ghanaian authorities to make money without looking at its devastating consequences on the planet.

The Norwegian Ambassador to Ghana, Ms Hege Hertzberg declared: “I have to make a confession, we have failed you, we’ve known about climate change coming for decades and we have tried and have tried by so many means but we haven’t succeeded,”

“We need something else, we need something in you, we need you, we need a new generation, we need your experience, your enthusiasm. You’re are proactive and we can see in the drawings that you have made, we need new solutions for our future,” she added.

The COP21 in Paris is going to be a big step forward, she said, but added that much more needed to be done since their generation has done everything possible but could not find a solution. GNA

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