Climate change has become the central point of focus for pragmatic discussions due to the poor treatment of our environment. Now, the question is “why can’t we tackle climate change?”.
lack of education
First and foremost, lack of education has led to our inability to solve issues of climate change. Education informs and transforms the minds of individuals in the right perspective. It breaks the barrier of ignorance and pave way for clarity and the right knowledge to be known. I boldly attest to the fact that there hasn’t been enough education on climate change. Creating awareness has been minimal. What can be done to tackle climate change starts with education through these mediums; school, media, entertainment.
In solving issues of climate change, subjects or courses that relates to the study of climate must be made part of the core subjects in every school from elementary to tertiary institutions.
elementary -junior high schools
Students need to be taught about the environment and how to keep it clean and green. They must understand the dangers associated with carelessly handling the environment and the need to desist from any acts that could affect the environment. This knowledge will help the students to convey such messages to their parents, siblings and neighbors and caution them to treat the environment well. Practical examples need to be set up in the school. Any student who liters the compound whiles dustbins are around must be punished; either sweep the school for a week, be made to plant trees to mention but few. With this kind of training, we set the pace for a healthy environment and healthy practices.
senior high-tertiary schools
Basic studies of Climatology must be considered and added to the core subjects of the students. In this way, the knowledge acquired would help that student to disseminate the right information during peer-peer discussions or helping parents adopt the right way of handling things related to the environment especially parents who work at the sea, farm etc to use the right methods and to desist from using chemicals and other harmful substances that has an adverse effect on our climate.
The media has a vital role in providing knowledge and disseminating information to the public on climate change.
There should be much talk shows on the television and radio educating the public on the rightful and best ways in dealing with the environment, preserving our forest, refraining from using chemicals in the sea for catching fishes, planting for trees to mention but few. This form of daily education will bring enlightenment to the public and prick their conscience anytime they go astray.
Experts on climate change must be interviewed by journalists and bloggers to delve deeper and gain the right knowledge and information to disseminate to the public. These interviews must bring out pragmatic ways to daily treat the environment and other water bodies well and what punishment when instituted to punish violators can go a long way to help solve issues of climate change.
Entertainment plays a significant role in lives of people as it has the propelling power to relax, educate, inform and create sense of humor to the audience. Using their talents , both artists and actors can add their voice to this climate issue.
Through music, artists can compose songs relating to climate change to educate their fans.
Through movies and stage plays, actors, scriptwriters and producers can channel their script and acting on climate change to create awareness and offer their audience the best practices in ensuring a healthy environment, clean water bodies and rightful way in fishing, farming, mining among others.
All these mediums are very essential in educating and creating change in attitudes and providing the right information on climate change.
Priscilla Asamoah Baffour