Friday, June 4, 2010

CLIMATE CHANGE:HELP COMBAT IT NOW.

CLIMATE CHANGE:HELP COMBAT IT NOW.

“We all moan and groan about the loss of the quality of life through the destruction of our ecology, and yet each one of us in our own little comfortable ways, contributes daily to that destruction. It is time now to awaken in each one of us the respect and attention our Mother desires” Ed. Asner, actor, environmental supporter.

For many years skeptics call climate change a myth. But today, science has proved them all wrong. But this fact remains. Whether we face East or West, North or south, we face the same crisis - climate change. Whether we are black, white or yellow, we face the same challenge – climate change. Whether we are from Africa, America, Europe, Asia, Australia or the tens of thousands of small islands states around the world (globe) we face the same threat - climate change. We are all at risk. The multi-million dollar question is who speaks for Mother Earth? Nobody! But this is the only home that we have as human and other living beings.

Today more than ever before, the planet is in a great danger of being destroyed and its eventual extinction is not far from us. Scientific data abound to that effect. Everything points to the fact that a global catastrophe is at hand if we do not take drastic action now and start doing something. The challenge is now or never.

THE CHALLENGE
The greatest challenge facing the world today is that of climate change. It is one of the major international, environmental, economic, social and political challenges of our time. It is a defining challenge that ought to be faced squarely with definite plans and bold decisions.

No other issue is more fundamental to the global challenges we face today such as the credit crunch, reducing poverty, achieving and maintaining economic growth, ensuring world peace and stability, ending conflicts and wars, curbing HIV/AIDS pandemic etc. the evidences of climate change are here and present with us - rise in sea level, high diurnal and nocturnal temperatures, erratic rainfall patterns, melting of glaciers and ice sheets, deforestation and desert advancement, low agricultural productivity, coastal floods, ocean acidity, acid rain, change and loss in animal and insect species, prevalence of malaria and dengue, yellow fever etc.

It is already an established that the first decade of the 21st century is going to be the hottest decade in recorded history. This is no good news at all. Projections and other forecasts point to the fact that the coming decades may be worse if nothing is done to avert the harrowing situations of the day. All this points to the fact that the very survival of man is at a great risk unless something is done and done speedy.

To us living today, all these happening present to us great opportunities to change the course of history and charter a new course for posterity. The momentum is here and now.

THE RESPONSE/SOLUTION
Does it mean that there is no solution in sight? No. we can and we are well able to do something at the international, regional, national, local/community as well as the individual levels.

Various plans have been drawn by world leaders, environmental experts and scientists, business communities, civil societies groups, religious groups and young people alike are doing everything possible about climate change and its consequences. The momentum is gathering.

Since the Earth summit in 1992 in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil to Kyoto Protocol in 1997 at Kyoto, Japan, to Bali Roadmap in 2007 in Indonesia and finally the Copenhagen climate change conference in 2009 in Denmark, various plans as to how to tackle climate and mitigate its disastrous consequences have been put forward.

It is imperative that as part of a global action against climate change, something be done locally to help reverse the effects of climate. This has necessitated the establishment of a local NGO called LOCAL ACTION AGAINST CLIMATE CHANGE (LAACC).

THE ORGANIZATION
LAACC is a non-governmental, not-for-profit organization. It is an environmental NGO dedicated in creating awareness about global warming and climate change and their attendant impacts on human, animal, aquatic and vegetative lives. We shall seek to advocate for and place high premium on both a healthy environment and “development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of the future generations to meet their own needs” (Brundtland Commission)

OUR VISION
We seek to be one of the leading voices in awareness creation about environmental issues and their attendant impacts and how we can mitigate and adapt to them.

OUR MISSION
We shall work to:
- Promote government, community and individual actions to limit human-induced climate change to ecologically sustainable levels.
- Protect the atmosphere, i.e. the environment, while allowing for sustainable and equitable development nationally.
- Promote practical ways to protect the Earth (environment) and improve people’s lives.

AREAS OF WORK AND ACTIVITIES
Our areas of work and activities shall include but not limited to the following:
- Awareness creation through public flora and workshops.
- Green environment through tree-planting exercise
- Clean environment through proper waste management and disposal.
- Sustainable and ecologically friendly farming practices
- Encourage and promote the use of environmentally friendly appliances such as CFC-free fridges and air-conditioners etc.


N.B: THE WRITER OF THE POST IS AN ARDENT PROPONENT OF MODERN SOLUTIONS TO CLIMATE CHANGE.HE INTENDS ESTABLISHING AN NGO TO HELP VULNERABLE COOMUNITIES COME TO TERMS WITH THE GLOBAL ISSUES.YOU CAN HELP HOM WITH IDEAS ON HOW TO MAKE THE NGO WORK.GOD BLESS YOU.

WLI WATERFALLS:YOUR PREFERRED DESTINATION IN VOLTA REGION.

WLI WATERFALLS:YOUR PREFERRED DESTINATION IN VOLTA REGION.

In the Hohoe Municipality in the Volta region of the Republic of Ghana, one of nature’s wonders stands tall and impressive inside a semi-deciduous forest. I am referring to WLI WATERFALL, the tallest waterfall in West Africa, measuring about 143 metres from the upper fall to the plunge pool below it. Its sheer grandeur, height, beauty and cool environment beat every imagination. It is a natural attraction every tourist will desire to visit.
The path leading to this splendid waterfall through green and lush semi-deciduous forest starts from the Visitor Information Centre(VIC) . It is a narrow path that could allow passage for only two people walking side by side. The path is shaded by the tall trees of the forest making it almost impossible for the sun’s rays to reach the ground. Before one will reach the fall site he or she has to cross nine wooden foot bridges that have been built over the nine meanders of the AGUMATSA RIVER on which the fall is located. As one moves through the forest, he or she could see some tree species labeled with their scientific as well as their local or common names. This was probably done by the Wildlife Division authorities, since the entire area has been earmarked as the AGUMATSA WILDLIFE SANTUARY. The forest also abounds in animal and bird species such as snakes, colourful butterflies, bats and other insects that are seen on the way as one strolls through the forest on the way to the fall site.
The tropical forest is made up of trees arranged in three distinct layers. The tall trees reaching about 15 to 20 metres form the upper layers with tree species such ‘wawa’, palm trees and other fruit-bearing trees. The middle layer is made up of average height trees and the lower layer made up of tree species like the lianas, climbers, epiphytes and saprophytes all intertwined to form a continuous tree canopy. There is also an undergrowth made up of tall grasses, ferns and other shade-loving grass species which cover the entire ground.
The fall proper is made up of two main parts, an upper section which can only be seen from a far away distance as one approaches the WLI township. At the foot of the mountain where the main fall is, the upper fall could not be seen. One can only reach the upper course through a tiring mountain-climbing exercise which lasts for one and half to two hours. On the other hand, the


lower part of the fall which is the fall proper could be reached after about 40 to 45 minutes trekking though the forest.
As one approaches the lower fall site, he or she can hear from a distance the water of the fall thunder as it plunges down directly before collecting into a large pool below, exactly at the foot of the mountain. At this point, the fall starts from a height of about sixty metres from the top of a steep cliff face. Due to the force with which the water cascades out of the narrow valley, it sprays into a beautiful white and foamy wave before splashing into the plunge pool below, the favourite desire of holiday makers and swimmers from Ghana and across the world. No tourist ever visits this waterfall without swimming in the pool below or standing directly under the falling water. The pool is just about 1.20 metres deep. But there is a portion of it that is very deep and has become a restricted area for swimming. The water in the pool is very cool and refreshing and flow ceaselessly into the AGUMATSA RIVER which forms the river system within the forest with its nine meanders. The entire environment around the fall is filled with water droplets, thereby rendering the entire atmosphere cool and fresh.
The mountain over which the fall cascades belongs the massive fold mountains of the AKWAPIM-TOGO RANGES. This range which serves a border between Ghana and Togo on the eastern side, also contains the highest mountain peak in Ghana, the AFADJA mountain.
In fact, a visit to the waterfall is soul-touching. It is an experience every nature- loving person should endeavour to taste.

Making the impossible possible.

MAKING THE IMPOSSIBLE IS POSSIBLE.

“It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare; it is because we do not dare that things are difficult.” Seneca.

History is written everyday in front of us by people who think differentlty and believe the impossible is really possible. Time and time again, when we look at history critically, people who have produced phenomenal results are those who set goals that everybody else thought were crazy, unrealistic, unattainable and even beyond reach.

But here is the truth. Come to think of it this way. If some 25 years ago someone told you that almost everybody will be walking around with a small electronic device, the size of a credit card, would you have believed that person? No. You would have labelled him an unrealistic person, a dreamer and probably a ‘fool’. But here you are with the cellular phone, popularly called mobile phone. You can use it to play music, take and send pictures, communicate with computers all over the world, send and receive mail via the internet, the information super highway etc. What has happened? Why is it now a reality? All that it took to achieve such a feat is for somebody to think of the impossible as a possibility, a reality. Mind you, the mobile phone might have thought of some years ago as impossibility. But what do we see today? It has been ‘cheapened’. It has become a common household item.

Before 1903, who ever thought that there could ever be a flying machine? Who then could believe the Wright brothers (Wilbur and Orville) were being realistic when they set out to build a flying machine? The fact of the matter is that, they were just bicycle repairers. They were not scientists. Neither were they aviation experts. And that was at a time when it was believed that it was physically impossible for any machine heavier than air to fly. But what the brothers believed was not impossibility but rather a possibility. A “can-do attitude.” That is why Jim Goodwin said “the impossible is often the untried”. They therefore dared the impossible and made it a reality. They changed their mind from the conventional way of thinking: ‘it can’t be done, who has done it before?’ to a new way of thinking: ‘we can do it. We will be the first person to do it.’ The former statements are defeatist statements that do not produce any result. But what the Wright Brothers did is that they created the mental picture of a flying machine. They saw it being possible in their mind’s eyes. You know! Things are created twice in this life. First in the mind as thoughts and ideas, and secondly in the physical, as real tangible products. The Wright Brothers believed it. Lo and behold! By setting themselves up to the task and devising ways and means and by adopting new mental strategies, they finally invented the first ever flying machine, the aeroplane. Though the machine flew for only few seconds and came down and crashed, it was a great success by all standards. They beat the odds and set the tone for the aviation industry. Their efforts yielded results, yeah, positive results. Today, Wilbur and Orville’s names are indelibly written in the annals of History as the inventors of the first-ever flying machine. Every school boy or girl in America and the world over knows about the Wright Brothers. What a challenge to young men and women today to dare the impossible!
Today the world can boast of aeroplanes of various sizes, shapes and speed. What a marvel! What a revolution! The Wright brothers revolutionised the transportation industry especially air transport. Today who knows, perhaps we will still be using horse- drawn carts or the slow locomotives, ships and boats to travel to other places of the world. But thanks to the Wright brothers. Today the world can boast of supersonic jets, jumbo jets of over 500 tonnes of weight carrying over 300 passengers and crew flying at altitudes beyond eye’s view. That is the wonder of thinking possibility rather than impossibility. Today Wilbur and Orville have their own names in the annals of the aviation industry. Somebody said, ”The greatest danger is not that our aim to high and we miss it but because our aim is too low and we reach it.” Please think big. Think possibility.
On 25th May 1961, J.F. Kennedy the then president of America, addressing Congress, challenged the American scientists to try to send a man to the moon before the end of the decade. People thought it was impossible to send man into outer space, let alone to the moon. But the challenge kept coming from the president to the American people, especially to the scientists. There and then, they decided to take up the challenge from the president. The work then started. They started thinking up. The scientists went to the drawing boards. The calculations and the computations of distances between the earth and the moon. Mathematical formulae, you name them. Nothing can stop a determined and a challenged mind.

Then came the trial moments. They started sending satellites into space. This, when proven successful was followed by unmanned spacecraft. Later on these spacecrafts were carrying animals such as dogs. All this in the name of experiment and testing.
Then one day, yes, one fateful day when another chapter in the history of the world was about to be opened, three daring men, who were about to embark on a ‘mission impossible’ boarded Apollo 11, the spacecraft designed to take the first men to the moon. Lo and behold, the Apollo 11 took off from NASA launching platform called Pad 39. I really love these men who were about to have their names written in the annals of History for ever and ever.
Finally, Apollo 11 was in motion into space to the new land about to be discovered, our moon. After four days of successful space journey, there they are near the unknown celestial body. Adventure or Mission? No. Discovery. A new page in the History of the world is about to be written. A milestone to be reached. What was to follow was going to transform and revolutionise the whole wide world and change the thinking patterns and processes of the entire humankind. I believe at this time that great fear gripped all the astronauts onboard Apollo 11.Then they started encircling the moon since then unknown to human mind in details. Who will take the first step out there and have his name indelibly written in History books. Then one of them, Neil Armstrong mustered courage and taking the giant step of faith jumped out of the spacecraft still in motion, and guided himself towards the new land, the powder-fine grey dust that no man ever stepped on. I can’t just imagine the state of mind of the man about to set a world record and have his name boldly written in GOLD in all the history books in the world. On July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong gallantly stepped his foot on the surface of the moon and shouted to the entire world the following eternal and golden words: ”That’s one small step for man , but a giant leap for mankind.” There you are, impossibility becoming possibility. Man has finally reached the moon, which was thought to be impossible, unrealistic, unattainable and beyond reach some years ago. What a great achievement! What a human feat! History is written again by daring minds who never believed the word impossibility. What started in the mind of J.F. Kennedy has now seen the light of day, man on the moon. Today countries are fighting for space on the moon. People are going on excursion and playing golf on the moon. Research stations and other gigantic constructional works are ongoing on the moon. Who could have thought about this before 1969? Nobody except one, J.F. Kennedy. This is really wonder of wonders.
What you can conceive today is still possible in this generation. It happened before; it can still happen today. That’s about people. What about nations and states? Let me just share something brief with you here about a country I love so much. It is the story s Singapore.
Do you know that Singapore moved itself form a third-world country to a first-world country just in less than three decades? This was possible through the instrumentality of one man by name Lee Kuan Yew. He thought it to be possible that a country can become developed just within a generation. That man was credited by all Singaporeans to be the architect of Singapore’s national and economic development.
After independence in 1965, the country had to face myriad of problems. With a small population of about 2 million people and no natural resources, this small island which was described by a journalist at independence as a “malarial state,” had to take its destiny into its own hands. But there is one more problem, the human resource problem. Most of the population was uneducated and made up of a lot of illiterate immigrants from China and India. As if to make things worse for the newly independent state, about 70% of the economy which was dependent on Britain was going to be suspended since the British were pulling out of the island. What do you think could be going through the minds of the leaders at that time. Impossibility of development in the near future. It is also true that the island had no natural resources: no tin, no gold, no crude oil, not even enough water to give potable water to the population. But do you know something? No. I will tell you.
The leaders, through the instrumentality of Lee Kuan Yew set big and ambitious goals which seemed unrealistic to the ordinary men. No wonder, the country achieved phenomenal transformation over the years. Rising from a poor third-world country to a first-world country with a wonderful economic power and a per capita income in the range of $ 30,000.00 is no mean achievement. Today Singapore is mentioned among the world’s top ranking economies alongside USA, France, Germany, Canada and other Scandinavian countries. This feat was achieved in less than 25 years. What a great challenge to other developing countries, particularly Ghana, to desist from small thinking and incremental goals and start thinking big and thinking about possibilities. Our African leaders should start thinking big and making big plans for their countries .This is what can turn impossibilities into possibilities. The challenge is still the same today. Somebody rightly said “The impossible is often the untried.” As if to paraphrase Napoleon Hill who said whatever the mind can conceive, if the heart can believe it, then the hands can achieve it. Therefore, let us think possibility instead of impossibility. For therein lies the magic.

Finally, I would like to make a passionate appeal to all Ghanaians and Africans in general. We can make it happen in our lifetime, just in one generation, our generation. It is possible. All that we need to do is to start dreaming big and thinking possibility. We must also change our mindset about a lot of things and issues which have become conventional, the status quo. We must therefore embrace the ‘can-do’ attitude. Even the Good old Book said it right that all things are possible to him that believes (Mark 6:13). It is only through this we can make this country a haven and a real home for our children and our children’s children. Yes, indeed, we can make the IMPOSSIBLE IS POSSIBLE.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

the dawn of a new era

Hi,
I am Joel a motivational speaker.
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To your success,
Joel.