POWER SHIFT 2014 – EVENT SUMMARY AND POST POWER SHIFT AGENDA

DAY 1 – July 26, 2014

Session 1:
Presentations

2 main presenters delivered presentations during the first session; namely Ahmed Prosper Amuquandoh (Smart & Green Energy Group) and Mr. Kwabena Osei (Sustain Ghana). The 2 presenters addressed issues under the following areas:

 Renewable Energy policy, technology and financing
 SMART Grid solution for Energy sector
 Energy Efficiency & Regulation, Management and Sustainability
 Renewable Energy & Innovation – solar powered water system in development
across the world and solar powered train system under research by Sustain Ghana
 Energy Governance, Leadership and Management by Government of Ghana
 Research and Development – solar and wind technology in Ghana

Session 2:
Discussion/Colloquium

4 Power Shift mentors – Akua Akyaa Nkrumah (Green Ghanaian Initiative), Talal Sangari (Clean Up Ghana), Richard Dablah (Renewable Green Energy), Kwame Ofori (Ako Foundation) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Issues raised and discussed covered the following areas:

 Municipal Waste Management and Local Government Regulations
 Green Technology and Innovation- recycling (plastics & papers), reuse and
redesign
 Waste separation and Waste-to-Energy Technology
 Solutions for Sanitation and Littering in cities and suburbs
 Pollution from plastics and e-waste in Agbogbloshie
 Environmental education, advocacy and activism by young people

Session 3:
Interview with Power Shift Celebrities

Nana Asaase (Asaase Inscriptions) – poet, performer and environmentalist, on his journey as a creative artist and using the arts to raise environmental awareness and action; and
John Apea – actor, policy analyst, communication strategist & PR consultant on his personal life, environmentalism, business and sustainability.

Session 4
Colloquium/Q&A

Power Shift Mentors – Qwophi Opare (Climate Watch Ghana), Abdullah Hamza (AgroIntroductions Ghana), Alfred Wadee (Centre for Renewable Energy Entrepreneurship and Innovation- CREEI), Chibeze Ezekiel (Strategic Network for Development), Domenyo Galley (Cornerstone Media), Beatrice Awu Dossah (Hipsters of Nature), Alfred Godwin Adjabeng (Reach out to Future Leaders Movement- ROFLM), Kassim Gawusu (Greener Impact Int./African Youth Initiative on Climate Change –AYICC), PP Hammond (NYCOB Enterprise Consortium), Energy Commission and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Issues raised, discussed and addressed included:

 Climate change policy, adaptation and mitigation
 Renewable energy, low carbon economies and strategies
 Green Jobs
 Achimota Eco-Park & Aburi Forest Reserve
 Death of whales in the Western Region and Environmental Impact Assessment by
EPA
 Biodiversity and Natural Capital
 Youth leadership, lobbying and accessing government funding and budget for
green projects
 The role and commitment of Power Shift mentors towards achieving the goals of
the summit

Session 5
Presentations – Origins Solar Company and Climate Reality Project

Origin Solar revealed how the company aims to supply high quality solar products in developing countries including Ghana and offer solutions to their shortages of reliable energy needs with affordable and cheap solar products.

The Climate Reality presentation by Gideon Commey explained global warming, the science of climate change, the dangers, impacts, effects and the solutions.

SIDE EVENTS
 Exhibition by Agbogbloshie Makerspace Platform (AMSP) QAMP
 Live online panel interviews by JT Live Radio

DAY 2 – July 27, 2014

Evening Session: Exponential – Multiplying Servant Leaders

Exponential was a special event that featured some selected change makers and trail blazers in Ghana who are shifting power through service to their communities. The young change makers were:

 Sara Nana Yeboah ( Sangy Nursing Services & Sandy Foundation)
 Christabel Ofori (IHAV Foundation)
 Vanessa Kavi (Support A Life Today – S.A.L.T / YALDA Ghana
 ISWEST
 Emmanuel Sampson
 Ebenezer Nanabanyin Harrison (TEFAC- Ghana)

DAY 3 – July 28, 2014

Flash Mob Dance

A flash mob dance was hosted on Osu Oxford Street, infront of Shoprite Shooping Mall to bring Power Shift to an end. The dance was led by children and young people from OrphanAid Africa.

AGENDA – POST POWER SHIFT 2014

5 Thematic Areas for Action:

1. Climate Change
2. Biodiversity & Natural Capital
3. Green Technology (Recycling & Redesign)
4. Renewable Energy (Solar Investment & Entrepreneurship)
5. Youth Policy & Lobby Group

Climate Change
A Power Shift Action group would be created on Facebook for participants to update the group on the actions they are taking in their communities. An action could range from clean ups, tree planting exercises, to a campaign against coal or to promote solar energy in communities. Tools would be made available to support young people.

Biodiversity & Natural Capital
The Power Shift team will consult with the Mentor from NYCOB Enterprise Consortium on action based activities

Green Technology (Recycling & Redesign)
The team will consult with The Green Ghanaian Initiative and share action based activities with the group

Renewable Energy (Solar Investment & Entrepreneurship)
Promotion of solar energy and creating employment for young people through partnerships with Origins Solar and Centre for Renewable Energy Entrepreneurship and Innovation (CREEI)

Youth Policy & Lobby Group
This will be achieved in discussions with Mentors and the organizations they represent.

PRESS RELEASE (For Immediate Release!!!) Okyeame Kwame to Address Youth at Power Shift Environmental and Climate Summit

Hiplife Guru, Philanthropist and Entrepreneur, Okyeame Kwame will address hundreds of young people at the largest and first ever youth-led climate and environmental summit in Ghana dubbed ‘Power Shift Ghana 2014’.

Final poster

The 3 day summit of over 500 young people, hosted by the Ghana Youth Environmental Movement (GYEM) with partnership from the Ghana Youth Climate Coalition (GYCC) will be held at the Central Cafeteria of the University of Ghana from July 26 – 28, 2014, under the theme ‘Leadership, Innovation & ACTION’.

The purpose of this mammoth gathering of environmental activists and climate champions across Ghana, according to Michael Nyarko Acheampong, Team Leader for Power Shift Ghana Summit, is to have young people across the country discuss, learn and share innovative solutions to the environmental crisis in Ghana.

He indicated that, “it is time to set and shift priorities from the bottom to the top, at all levels of society, from policies to implementation. To encourage, equip and empower our movement with tools, techniques and technology to shift power and help solve the environmental crisis in Ghana”.

The areas to be covered on the first day of the summit include Climate & Environmental Policy, Sanitation & Waste Management, Green Technology, Renewable Energy & Organizing and Campaigning. Experts and technocrats will answer questions posed by young people, while technologists and innovators will share their experiences.

The second day of Power Shift will see the hosting of a special evening event for change makers dubbed ‘Exponential’, which will put the spotlight on servant leaders and trail blazers in Ghana doing amazing things in their communities.

The summit will then be crowned with a Flash Mob Dance on the Osu Oxford Street on Monday July 28 to make the presence of the youth environmental movement felt to the outside world. Other notable speakers for Power Shift Ghana 2014 include media mogul, and ace tv and radio personality Jay Foley, extraordinary poet and performer Nana Asaase, and actor and vegetarian activist Zimran Clottey (Great Aluta) of the Edenic Youth Organization (EYO).

You can find more of Power Shift Ghana 2014 from >>www.gyemgh.wordpress.com>> and >> http://www.facebook.com/powershiftgh >> or contact:

The Campaigns Team
Ghana Youth Environmental Movement
233-572-127-993
233-246-760-399
233-244-951-828
gyemgh@gmail.com

Final Program – Power Shift 2014

Theme: Leadership | Innovation | ACTION

 July 26-28 | Central Cafeteria, University of  Ghana

 Final Program – Power Shift 2014

Leadership | Innovation | ACTION

 

July 26-28 | Central Cafeteria, University of Ghana

 

AGENDA

SATURDAY JULY 26, 2014 – Learnist Moment

The first day of Power Shift is called Learnist Moment. A lot of information will be given out, from environmental policy, green technology to renewable energy. The experts and technocrats will answer questions, the technologists and innovators will share experiences.

7:00am – 8:30am              Registration and Check-In

8:30am – 8:35am              Welcome

Michael Nyarko Acheampong (Team Leader, Power Shift)

8:35am – 8:40am              Message from Host Organization

Abubakar Newtown Zico (Campaigns, Ghana Youth Environmental Movement)

8:40am – 8:45am              Message from Co-Host

Jamal Musah (Executive Director, Ghana Youth Climate Coalition)

8:45am – 8:50am              Message from Chief Partners of Power Shift

Joshua Amponsem (Co-Founder, Ecoscript)

8:50am – 8:55am              Opening Address : Miss Earth 2013 (Bella Esinam Kay)

8:55am – 9:10am              Message from FREE Ride Sponsors (Easy Taxi)

9:10am-9:20am                 Poetry Performance

Nana Asaase (Asaase Inscriptions)

9:20am – 09:50am            Address by Celebrity Key Note Speaker

Okyeame Kwame (Artiste, Philanthropist, Entreprenuer)

09:50am – 10:00am         Eco-Poetry by CosmiKids

(School Children from Upper East Region)

10:00am – 10:10am         Statement by National Youth Coordinator

Ras Mubarack (National Youth Coordinator)

10:10am – 10:20am         Photograph Opportunity with Okyeame Kwame & Dignitaries

10:20am – 10:35am         Tea/Coffee Break

10:35am – 11:05am         Interview with Jay Foley- Media Mogul & Chief Mentor, Power Shift

(TV, Radio and New Opportunities for Environmental Awareness)

11:05am – 11:15am         Post & Tweet (Social Media Time)

11:15am – 11:40am         Making Power Shift Relevant: Youth, Solutions and Action

Ahmed Prosper Amuquandoh (CEO, Smart &Green Energy Group)

11:40am – 12:00pm         Renewable Energy Solutions for Sustainable Futur

Kwabena Osei (MD, Sustain Ghana Limited)

12:00pm – 1:00pm           COLLOQUIM: Sanitation, Waste Management & Green Technology

Panelists:

Ministry of Environment, Science & Technology

Ministry of Local Government & Rural Development

Amon Kotei (Waste Management Consultant)

Akua Akyaa Nkrumah (Founder, Green Ghanaian)

Richard Dablah (Chartered Institute of Waste Management)

Talal Sangari (Clean Up Ghana)

Kwame Ofori (Ako Foundation)

1:00pm – 1:10pm             Presentation by ORIGIN SOLAR

                                                Nana Adu (Country Director)

1:10pm – 1:40pm             Lunch 

1:40pm – 2:40pm             COLLOQUIM : Forestry & Energy Solutions for Climate Change

Panelists:

Ministry of Energy / Energy Commission

Forestry Commission

Kenneth Nana Amoateng (Executive Director, Abibimman Foundation)

Qwophi Opare (Climate Watch Ghana)

Abdullah Hamza (Executive Director, AgroIntroductions Ghana)

Alfred Wadee (Solar Energy Entrepreneur)

Ezekiel Chibeze (Executive Director, Strategic Network for Development)

2:40pm – 2:50pm             Power Shift Theme Song

Various Artistes

2:50pm – 3:40pm              Youth & Environmental Protection (Q&A)

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Ministry of Lands & Natural Resources

Domenyo Galley (Environmental Consultant)

Beatrice Awu Dossah ( Hipsters of Nature)

Alfred Godwin Adjabeng (Reach Out to Future Leaders Movement)

Kassim Gawusu (Greener Impact Int./African Youth Initiative on Climate Change)

PP Hammond (NYCOB Enterprise Consortium)

3:40pm – 4:10pm             The Vegetarian Solution to Climate Change

Zimran Randolph Clottey (Founder, Edenic Youth Organization)

4:10pm – 4:25pm             Break / Musical Interlude

4:25pm – 5:00pm             The Climate Reality – Leadership, Solutions & Action

Gideon Commey (Climate Reality Leader)

5:00pm                                 Closing of Day 1

 

 

SUNDAY JULY 27, 2014 – Exponential

Start Time: 3:00pm

The 2nd Power Shift Day is called Exponential. We will host a special event for leaders and change makers called ‘Exponential’. We will end the day with a concert and a reception.

 

3:30pm – 3:40pm                             Welcome to Exponential

Richard Lokko (Eco-Library Ghana)

3:40pm – 5:30pm                             Time with Selected Servant Leaders/Change Makers/Trail Blazers

Host: Ebenezer Essuman (Founder, Synergy for Success Ghana)

Speakers:

                                                                Sara Nana Yeboah ( Sangy Nursing Services & Sandy Foundation)

Christabel Ofori (IHAV Foundation)

Vanessa Kavi (Support A Life Today – S.A.L.T / YALDA Ghana

Emmanuel Sampson

Ebenezer Nanabanyin Harrison (TEFAC- Ghana)

5:30pm – 7:00pm                             Concert, Socialization & Finger Fork Reception

                                                                Performers:

Yogendra Ahimi

Christhood

Seyram Komla

Vegetarian Association of Ghana (“A Better World.”)

7:30pm                                                 Closing of Day 2

 

MONDAY JULY 28, 2014 – Momentum: Day of ACTION! 

Venue: Osu Oxford Street / Flagstaff House

Day 3 of Power Shift is called Momentum. This is the Day of Action. We will host a Flash Mob Dance on Osu Oxford Street. We will also submit a statement from Power Shift to The Presidency.

Time: 1pm

Contact the Power Shift Team for Support, Sponsorship & Partnership

Michael – 0572 127 993

Zico – 0246 760 399 / 0264 760 399

Email: gyemgh@gmail.com

Contact the Power Shift Team for Support, Sponsorship & Partnership

Michael – 0572 127 993

Zico – 0246 760 399 / 0264 760 399

Email: gyemgh@gmail.com

 

ABOUT POWER SHIFT

What is Power Shift?

The first ever largest youth led environmental summit in Ghana- a single mammoth gathering of young people in our generation to learn, device and discuss strategies to fight for environmental justice in Ghana. It is time to set and shift priorities from the bottom to the top, at all levels of society, from policies to implementation. To encourage, equip and empower our movement with tools, techniques and technology to shift power!

Objectives

×  To discuss, learn and share innovative solutions in clean/renewable energy and green technology;

×  To train a new generation of young people in environmental policy, organizing and campaigning for action on the environment;

×  To give frontline communities affected by pollution a voice to share their experiences and engage policy makers in solution driven interactions.

 

PRESS RELEASE for June 5 – WORLD ENVIRONMENTAL DAY : RE-PLANT ABURI FOREST RESERVE!!

Ghana Youth Environmental Movement (GYEM) is the largest youth-led movement in Ghana that campaigns for environmental/climate justice and sustainability. We wish to add our voice to the numerous calls by concerned Ghanaians for the Government and its affiliated institutions and agencies to re-plant tress cut down from the Aburi Forest Reserve where the Aburi Botanical Gardens is positioned. 

Our visit to the place and further investigations revealed that a top government official, Mr Kwadjo Afari Gyan, DCE of Akuapem South, sought permission from the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development and deforested two (2) acres of the Aburi Forest Reserve early March this year to site an Assembly complex. The forest would have endured the sharp edges of construction machines if not for officials of the Gardens who intervened to stop the further damage to Mother Nature.

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We believe this move is inconsiderate and runs contrary to the second guiding principle of the Ghana Forest and Wildlife Policy 2011 which aims at “maintaining the ecological integrity of the forest and savannah ecosystems”. We believe this action will rather exacerbate the demise of our already whittled down forest reserves and destroy its ecological integrity. We have grave doubts that turning a portion of this beautiful, fascinating and unique national treasure into an Assembly complex is in the best interest of the natural heritage of citizens of Ghana.

When the Eastern Regional Minister, Mr. Julius Debrah took a tour of the Gardens as reported by Daily Graphic Online on Thursday May 29, he gave the assurance that “his outfit is committed to preserving the ecology of the Aburi Botanical Gardens and its adjoining undeveloped forest”.

Tomorrow June 5 is World Environmental Day and there is no opportune and appropriate time for the Government and its affiliated Ministries and institutions such as the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development, Ministry of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation (MESTI), Forestry Commission and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to take the needed actions and steps towards the restoration of the reserve.

We also call on Government to immediately halt all attempts to destroy all important national reserves and reclaim all encroached portions of these natural resources and rather protect them for posterity.

To support the #ReplantAburiGardens campaign by GYEM, click this link>>http://on.fb.me/1ouKuqE>>

By Steering Group (GYEM)
Email: gyemgh@gmail.com
Tel: 0264 760 399 / 0572 127 993

Cc: Ministry of Local Government & Rural Development
Ministry of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation (MESTI)
Forestry Commission
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
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POWER SHIFT GHANA 2014 – Event Details

What is POWER SHIFT?

The first ever largest youth led environmental summit in Ghana- a single mammoth gathering of young people in our generation to learn, device and discuss strategies and solutions for environmental sustainability in Ghana. It is time to set and shift priorities from the bottom to the top, at all levels of society, from policies to implementation; and encourage, equip and empower our generation with tools, techniques and technology to solve the environmental crisis.

OBJECTIVES

  •   To discuss, learn and share innovative solutions in clean/renewable energy and green technology;
  •   To train a new generation of young people in environmental policy, organizing and campaigning for action on the environment;
  •  To give front line communities affected by pollution a voice to share their experiences and engage policy makers in solution driven interactions.

2.0. WHY POWER SHIFT

       Our generation is faced with unprecedented environmental crisis and challenges:

  • Environmental sanitation in Ghana is deteriorating each day with waste management remaining a national burden;
  • Water crisis and shortages worsened by the pollution of rivers and water bodies through illegal mining (galamsey) and other human activities;
  •  Agbogbloshie has been named among the ‘Top 10 World’s Most Polluted Places’ by the Scientific American;
  • More than 20 whales have died and washed ashore in areas of oil exploration since 2009;
  • The removal and destruction of forest cover speeding desertification and threatening agriculture;
  • Government to invest in a 700MW coal fired power plant through a Chinese Energy Group.

IS POWER SHIFT THE SOLUTION?

It is part of the solution. Young people not only make up a large percentage of our population in Ghana, they are championing various innovations and giving solutions with tools, techniques and technology. They are also engaging government and policy makers in conversations for change through advocacy and campaigns. Power Shift is about Leadership, Innovation and ACTION.

PROGRAM DETAILS

Venue: University of Ghana, Legon

Duration: 3 days

Date: July 25- 28, 2014

Number of Participants: 500

THEMATIC AREAS

Environmental/Energy Governance, Policy & Research

Renewable Energy & Green Technology

Leadership, Organizing & Campaigning

MAIN ACTIVITIES

  •   Plenary sessions/Presentations
  •   Working Groups/Workshops
  •   Exhibition- (Renewable Energy & Green Technology)
  •   Side Events – (Flash Mob Dance, Music/Poetry Concert, Movies/Filming)

7.0.KEY ITINERARY ( Confirmation of speakers ongoing)

×  Keynote by UN Special Envoy on Climate Change

×  Q&A – Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Ministry of Environment, Science, Technology & Innovation (MESTI), Ministry of Energy & Petroleum, Ministry of Land & Natural Resources

×  Real Life Stories by Front line Communities

×  Key Solutions & Innovations & Technologies Available

To sponsor, partner or support Power Shift, please use the following details:

Email: gyemgh@gmail.com

 

 

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POWER SHIFT 2014 – JULY 2014 | University of Ghana

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What is Power Shift?

Power Shift is the largest youth-led and first ever environmental/climate summit in Ghana hosted by the Ghana Youth Environmental Movement (GYEM) to train more than 200 young people in policy, leadership, organizing and campaigning to fight for environmental and climate justice in Ghana.

A 3 days summit- a single mammoth gathering of young people in our generation to learn, device and discuss strategies to fight for environmental justice in Ghana. It is time to set and shift priorities from the bottom to the top, at all levels of society, from policies to implementation. To encourage, equip and empower our Movement with tools, techniques and technology to shift power.

Our generation is faced with unprecedented environmental crisis and challenges:

-The Government of Ghana has signed an agreement with a Chinese Energy Group to construct a 700MW coal fired power plant in Ghana;

-Agbogboshie, a community in Ghana has been named among The World’s 10 Most Polluted Places.

-Pollution through illegal mining (‘Galamsey’) is destroying water bodies in Ghana and threatening access to clean drinking water

With a very robust and strong Movement, we can shift power and solve the crisis!