Business News of Tue, 4 Aug 20151
‘Climate change can grind Ghana’s economy to a halt’
Ghana’s economy could soon grind to a halt unless government takes urgent steps to ensure that all economic activities take into consideration the impact on the environment.
According to the environmental protection group, Partnership for Action on Green Economy (PAGE), this has become imperative because Ghana’s economy is highly vulnerable to climate change.
Its Programme Coordinator Samuel Dotse who spoke with Joy Business at a training programme for journalists on Green Economy decried Ghana’s development pattern, saying it is currently not the best.
“Yes we have to develop as a country economically, but our development should not be at the expense of our environment. In respect of our natural resources there is the need for us to utilize the resources that we have efficiently and productively” he indicated.
He emphasised that Ghana’s economy is not resilient to climate change.
“If we fail to take action now the cost of doing something in the future will be very unbearable. We have to act now otherwise things will be very difficult for us to do anything in the future” Samuel Dotse stressed.
For him, if Ghana wants to go green, one of the simple things that should be done is to allow the importation of only efficient gadgets that will help the country to conserve energy.
Mr. Dotse indicated that Ghana has climate change policies that govern industrial as well as a number of other economic activities geared towards transiting the country into a Green Economy.
He therefore wants these policies enforced to protect the environment saying “Ghana has also joined the international community thereby, submitting to what is referred to as Internally National Determined Commitment in order to reduce the amount of Carbon Dioxide (CO2) that are emitted into the atmosphere.”