Story books on climate change out next year

BY: Emmanuel Bonney

Ghana will next year introduce story books on climate change for schoolchildren in order to deepen their knowledge about the issue.

The move is to create an awareness in children so that when they grow into adults they will be conscious of climate change and its negative effects.

The Deputy Director in charge of Climate Change at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Dr Emmanuel Tachie-Obeng, disclosed this in an interview with the Junior Graphic on the sidelines of the 26th edition of the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP 26) in Glasgow, Scotland.

According to him, the language of the books would be very simple for the appreciation and understanding of children.

"The EPA is writing story books and we are interviewing chiefs and people in communities to see how rainfall and hot weather conditions have affected them. We will tell them to compare their present situation to the past and we will use these to form stories to tell the children," he said.

According to him, the drafts of the books would be ready by the end of the year and then they will be developed next year.

The overall objective, Dr Obeng said, was to make children "climate environmentally conscious."

The country in the 2019/2020 academic year introduced climate change into the educational system at the primary and junior high school levels.

Dr Obeng expressed the hope that with the level of awareness creation among children, the country would in the shortest possible time produce leaders who would help address the issue.

Over 30,000 people from about 200 countries and 125 heads of state gathered in Glasgow, Scotland, to discuss ways to reduce rising temperatures around the world.

Ghana’s President Nana Addo Danquah Akufo-Addo was one of the leaders from Africa who participated in the two-week programme.

At the conference, some children from Norway were seen distributing magazines to some of the delegates from some countries on the need to act to save the planet from destruction.

Rising sea levels resulting in tidal waves and the destruction of properties are some of the devastating effects of climate change.
Climate change does not only affect human beings but plants and animals. Already, some plants and animals have disappeared from the face of the earth due to human activities.

The rest of humanity is doomed if nothing is done to deal with climate change.