IERIS and SHAPE Attitude Ghana Observe 2022 World Environment Day
The Institute of Educational Research and Innovation Studies (IERIS), University of Education, Winneba (UEW), and SHAPE Attitude Ghana have held a float and roundtable discussion on the topic “Only one earth: the need to protect it” to mark the 2022 World Environment Day.
As part of the celebration, the organisers with selected school pupils in the Effutu Municipality marched down the principal streets of Winneba to the IERIS enclave to brass band music.
The roundtable discussion delved into the main environmental challenges that confront the world today; the economic and health implications that these environmental challenges pose to the world; how to protect the environment from pollution and degradation; and how to use environmental studies as an effective way to address the situation through the educational system.
Head of Department, Centre for School and Community Science and Technology Studies (SACOST), Dr. Daniel Yelkpieri, stated that SACOST's determination to raise awareness about proper environmental care, particularly among the younger generations who will be the nation's future leaders to take responsibility as citizens of Ghana in protecting the environment, would yield fruits.
“We do things without actually considering the consequences of our actions. So this day is to remind us of our actions which, in some way or another, affect the environment and on which our very lives depend. So the main purpose of this programme is to create awareness so that people will wake up from their slumber.
“If we have forgotten how vital the environment is, this is an opportunity to remind everyone that whatever actions we take should be done with extreme caution. Detrimental behaviours harm the environment and, as a result, our lives. Take a look at how polluted the water bodies are. Drinking water and portable water are now unavailable to a large number of individuals. As a result, we must be extremely conscientious about our behaviour toward the environment,” he stated.
IERIS and SHAPE Attitude Ghana organised the event in collaboration with the Effutu Municipal Directorate of the Ghana Education Service, UEW Office of the Dean of Student Affairs, and the Departments of Graphic Design and Theatre Arts, UEW.