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Community Radios to the Rescue of the Climate

Community Radio Stations have been called upon to provide Ghanaians with information that would mobilize them to take the right decisions to redress climate change.
This is crucial in the face of the colonization of the minds of people being fuelled by media outlets that promote policies that favour a market economy.
Addressing a workshop for members of the Ghana Community Radio network (GCRN) in Tamale, Mrs Wilma Quarmyne, Administrator and Co-ordinator of the workshop said today’s big television stations, newspapers and magazines are concentrated in the hands of a few who in turn use them to disseminate information that promote their businesses to the detriment of the common man and developing countries.
She sited the promotion of jatropha as a solution to redressing climate change as an example, saying, developed countries through their media outlets are encouraging developing countries to establish jatropha plantations by presenting it as a good technical solution, an alternative to fossil fuels, which is not in their favour.
This is because, the jatropha plantations would not only rob rural farmers of their land and source of livelihood and encourage the destruction of indigenous economic trees and shrubs like the sheabutter, dawadawa, baobab and blackberries but also render the land infertile and unsuitable for other crops afterwards.
Mrs Quarmyne said instead of allowing themselves to be brainwashed into accepting jatropha, Ghanaians should stop bush burning and embark on afforestation programs as a step towards contributing their quoata to redress climate change.
“Ghanaians are a part of the problem but they form just a small part of the problem. Nonetheless, it is their responsibility to change the world.”
She called on the radio stations to get communities involved in their programs on climate change by establishing a link between their own experiences of climate change and what is happening globally.
This, she said, could be achieved through oral testimonies from community members to document their experiences in relation to global climactic change, in-depth interviews with opinion leaders and community elders and the use of transect walks as a framework on narratives about changes in the local climate in relation to the global environment.
Nine participants from three radio stations from the three agro-ecological zones of Ghana attended the workshop. They were Radio Ada from the Coastal zone, Radio Afram Plains from the transitional zone and Simli Radio from the Savanna Zone.
It was organized in partnership with Civic –Response, a civil society organization working to promote community rights over natural resources and forms part of a bigger project on Climate Change which is being funded by CARE Ghana.

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