As Ghana gears up for another crucial presidential election, AritaGlobe Foundation, a leading advocate for environmental sustainability, is urging citizens to pay close attention to campaign messages regarding climate change from presidential aspirants. Climate change is not just an environmental issue; it is a pressing global challenge that requires urgent and decisive action. Therefore, it is essential for citizens to consider candidates’ stances and proposed policies on climate change when making their decision at the ballot box.
Ghana, like many other nations, is experiencing the impacts of climate change firsthand. From erratic weather patterns to declining agricultural yields, the effects of a changing climate are being felt across the country. As such, it is imperative that our future leaders prioritize climate change mitigation and adaptation efforts to safeguard our environment, economy, and well-being.
AritaGlobe Foundation recognizes the critical role that political leadership plays in addressing climate change. Therefore, we are calling on Ghanaians to scrutinize the campaign messages of presidential aspirants and consider the following key factors:

  1. Acknowledgment of the Climate Crisis: Look for candidates who acknowledge the reality and urgency of the climate crisis. It is essential for aspirants to demonstrate a clear understanding of the scientific consensus on climate change and its potential impacts on Ghana’s environment and society.
  2. Policy Commitments: Assess the proposed climate change policies and initiatives outlined by each candidate. Voters should prioritize candidates who offer concrete plans to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, promote renewable energy adoption, and protect natural ecosystems.
  3. Track Record and Accountability: Evaluate the track record of each candidate regarding environmental stewardship and accountability. Past actions and commitments on climate change issues can provide valuable insights into a candidate’s sincerity and commitment to addressing the crisis if elected.
  4. Inclusivity and Equity: Consider how each candidate’s climate policies address the needs of all Ghanaians, particularly vulnerable and marginalized communities. Climate change disproportionately affects these communities, and it is crucial for aspirants to prioritize social equity and environmental justice in their proposals.
  5. Transparency and Collaboration: Look for candidates who are committed to transparent governance and collaborative decision-making processes. Effective climate action requires cooperation between government, civil society, the private sector, and local communities. Therefore, voters should support candidates who are willing to engage in inclusive and transparent dialogue on climate change issues.

In conclusion, the upcoming presidential election presents an opportunity for Ghanaians to demand climate leadership from their elected representatives. By prioritizing climate change in their decision-making process and holding presidential aspirants accountable for their campaign promises, citizens can contribute to shaping a sustainable and resilient future for Ghana. AritaGlobe Foundation stands ready to support citizens in this endeavor and urges all Ghanaians to make climate change a top priority in the upcoming election.

Watch below, message from our Communication Director, Charles Akrofi