Press Release: 2 November 2021
COP26, Glasgow, Scotland: On Tuesday, November 2nd, climate defenders from Ghana presented a Climate Clock and a set of demands to President Akufo-Addo, during a ceremony at the Ghana Pavilion inside the formal negotiating space at COP26.
Informed by the latest IPCC science, the Climate Clock will display a deadline of 7.75 years as our critical time window for climate action if we are to stay under 1.5°C warming, as well as the current percentage of the world’s total energy consumption generated by renewable resources — currently only at 12.5%.
The Ghanaian youth climate defenders also presented President Afuko-Addo with a set of demands, including the call for the government of Ghana to commit to 30% renewable energy within its energy mix by 2030. During COP26, the climate defenders are putting pressure on the government to commit to lower emissions and mobilizing support for the Renewable Energy for Communities campaign, to put Ghana well on its way to a clean energy future.
Landry Ninteretse, 350Africa.org:
“We are running out of time to take action towards reducing carbon emissions in order to avert some of the worst climate impacts of our time. At COP26, it is crucial that governments across the world, especially those in the Global North responsible for historic and current emissions take real action towards lowering greenhouse gas emissions, to slow the rate of global heating. It is crucial that Ghana and other African countries scale up clean energy for the sake of our planet and humanity. The lives of community members and the state of our environment are at stake. We cannot afford new climate impacts, human costs and economic risks due to climate inaction.”
Portia Adu Mensah, Ghana Renewable Energy for Communities campaign:
“Since the days when we opposed the coal-fired power plant that was to be built in Ekumfi to date, we, as youth, will continue to stand and speak up to ensure our communities have access to clean energy. We not only need to break free from fossil fuels, but also need to lead in ensuring small scale, off-grid community-friendly renewable energy is accessible to all. In our petition, we are appealing to the government to scale up renewable energy to at least 30% of the country’s energy mix by the year 2030.”
Jerome Ringo, Climate Clock Global Ambassador:
“This Climate Clock has travelled from New York City to Accra, Ghana, to Glasgow, UK. Climate Clock activists will soon deliver more clocks to high level delegates at COP26, including Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, Head of the Climate Vulnerable Forum country negotiating bloc. Everywhere they go, the clocks will carry the message of the people with them. Through the clock we are drawing the world’s attention to the urgency for action.”
Okyeame Kwame, Climate Clock Ghana Ambassador:
“We must turn away from fossil fuels – the energy of destruction and death – and towards clean, renewable energy, the energy of nature, future and of life. With inclusion, climate justice, real and urgent actions, we can overturn our deadline into a lifeline, but we must work towards it.”
Laura Berry, Climate Clock Research and Advocacy Director:
“The science is clear: we are in a climate emergency. The Climate Clock makes explicit the speed and scope of action that governments must take now in order to limit the worst impacts of climate devastation. From Ghana to Glasgow, we need real solutions to reach zero emissions as quickly as possible and build the renewable energy future that climate justice demands.
NOTES TO EDITORS
About RE4C campaign
Renewable Energy for Communities campaign (RE4C) was launched after the victory to stop the construction of the 700 MW coal-powered station in Ekumfi Regional, Central Region of Ghana. The campaign is geared at pushing for commitment from the Ghanaian government to invest in renewable energy as a solution to Ghana’s energy challenges. The campaign also runs awareness actions on the benefits of renewable energy.
About the CLIMATE CLOCK
The CLIMATE CLOCK melds art, science, technology, and grassroots organizing to get the world to #ActInTime on the Climate Emergency. The Climate Clock project is centered on a simple tool – a clock that counts down the critical time window to rapidly and drastically reduce global greenhouse gas emissions in order to limit global warming to 1.5ºC – our “Deadline -, while tracking progress on key solution pathways known as Lifelines. By showing what needs to be done by when, the Clock highlights the need for a rapid and just transition to a 100% renewable, safe climate future.