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.

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

9:00am – 9:05am              Welcome

Michael Nyarko Acheampong (Team Leader, Power Shift)

9:05am – 9:10am              Message from Host Organization

Abubakar Newtown Zico (Campaigns, Ghana Youth Environmental Movement)

9:10am – 9:15am              Message from Co-Host

Jamal Musah (Executive Director, Ghana Youth Climate Coalition)

9:15am – 9:20am              Message from Chief Partners of Power Shift

Joshua Amponsem (Co-Founder, Ecoscript)

9:20am – 9:25am              Opening Address : Miss Earth 2013 (Bella Esinam Kay)

9:25am-9:35am                 Poetry Performance

Nana Asaase (Asaase Inscriptions)

9:35am – 10:05am            Address by Celebrity Key Note Speaker

Okyeame Kwame (Artiste, Philanthropist, Entreprenuer)

10:05am – 10:10am          Eco-Poetry by CosmiKids

(School Children from Upper East Region)

10:10am – 10:20am          Statement by Mr. Frank Agyekum

Spokesperson for H.E JA Kufour (UN Special Envoy on Climate Change)

10:20am – 10:30am          Photograph Opportunity with Okyeame Kwame & Dignitaries

10:30am – 11:00am          Interview with Jay Foley- Media Mogul & Chief Mentor, Power Shift

(TV, Radio and New Opportunities for Environmental Awareness)

11:00am – 11:15am          Snack Break

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 Future

                                                Mr. 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)

Clean Up Ghana

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)

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 – 5:00pm                              Time with Selected Servant Leaders/Change Makers/Trail Blazers

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

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

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: TBA

 

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)
All Media Houses

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!

The Achimota Forest Must Remain A Forest!!

What is the issue?

The Government of Ghana through the Ministry of Lands & Natural Resources and the Forestry Commission has announced the conversion of the Achimota Forest into what they term an ‘amusement park’ under the Achimota Eco Park project.

The project according to the Ministry is “financially viable, economically sound and environmentally sustainable” and will replace much of the forest with restaurants, zones for general advertising, parking lots, drive safari and commercial enclaves.

When the environmental movement in Ghana raised concerns over it, indicating that a project that will destroy the forest is not environmentally sustainable, government turned from its initial reason to say that the “move has become necessary to save the only greenbelt in Accra from wanton encroachment and abuse”.

The Ghana Youth Environmental Movement (GYEM) believes there is more to the inconsistencies in communicating the vision for the project. However, the position of GYEM, environmental groups, campaigners and the general public is that the Achimota forest must remain a forest! We have made our position clear through a press release communicating why we don’t support this project.

The next step in our campaign

GYEM has made a strong press statement about this project but we haven’t gotten the government’s attention yet. We believe joining forces with everyone who love the environment and making a lot more noise about it on social media can get the government’s attention to listen to our legitimate concerns. The Movement is also mobilizing to run a campaign to the seat of government to petition the Presidency as the next step in our campaign strategy.

CALL TO ACTION!!

We believe that in order to gain the attention of our leaders, our environmental allies and the general public, we need them to hear our concerns. We need your help to propel this issue to these audiences, because we believe that the work of environmental justice is universal. We’re utilizing all methods of outreach – including the power of social media. We’re asking you to help us by spreading the word among your networks in these ways:

1. Through Facebook by tagging others in this note, and;

2. Through Twitter, by tweeting it. Please use the #SaveAchimotaForest hashtag in your correspondence.

With your voice joined with ours, we believe we can bring the attention of our leaders to our environmental concerns and work towards a solution.

 

For further information and clarification please feel free to contact our team at gyemgh@gmail.com

Thank You!!