Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN) and the Institute of Environment and Sanitation Studies of the University of Ghana has organized a workshop for selected media personnel on Climate Change.
The one day workshop aims at sensitising the media to communicate Climate, environmental issues and post COP measures in implementing the Climate Change and also equip the media with knowledge on way forward for the media after COP 26.
Conference of Parties(COP 26)is the most recent annual UN climate change conference which is been attended by the countries that signed the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) – a treaty that came into force in 1994.
Mrs Angelina Ama Tutuah Mensah,Director in charge of Corporate communications at EPA urged the media to look at the simple things that is happening around them when reporting on climate issues and not the high level of scientific terms but it should be backed by the signs of climate change.
According to her,the mandate of the media is to promote,educate,train and create public awareness related to climate change.
“Article 6 of the climate change Convention and Article 12 of the Paris Agreement captures the essence of responsible environmental reporting and the communication strategy for climate change”she said.
She is of the view that without knowledge the media can not play it role of creating awareness among the populace.
On the other hand, CDKN Country Engagement Lead,Professor Chris Gordon said his outfit realised the relevance of organising a post-COP26 workshop to inform and engage media organisations on the lessons and actions to be taken from COP26.
He reiterate that the workshop is aimed at filling the gab of creating awareness on Climate issues,and it will take the intervention of the media to create this awareness.
He added that there is no aspect of Ghana’s development that is not impacted by climate change .
This according to him, African countries are not the countries that cause the climate crisis rather due to immersions from develop countries.