Mr Speaker, thank you for giving me the opportunity to contribute to this Statement ably made by Hon Patricia Appiagyei.
Mr Speaker, issues of climate change are real and there is no way that one can doubt its effect. Mr Speaker, however, currently, what is more important on climate change is not about awareness creation, but its adaptation.
It is on this note that the world body has encouraged all countries to integrate issues of climate change adaptation in their development plans.
Mr Speaker, how are we, as a nation, preparing?Are we adapting to issues of climate change? On annual basis, we hear of cases of floods in our major cities, especially here in our capital city, Accra. We have been told that the yield of our crops, especially cash crops like cocoa is going down. This is because of the effect of climate change.
Mr Speaker, are we going to sit down to see this annual flood year after year without doing something about it? What is it that we are doing, as a result of perennial drought, which has an effect on the yield of our farmers?
How best are we, as a country, looking at an alternative of rainfall as a way of making water available to our farmers?
How seriously are we taking issues of irrigation?
Mr Speaker, it is true, that as a nation, for some time now, we have taken the issue of tree planting as a serious one. But even the few that we have planted, how best are we keeping them; and are they not also falling prey to illegal lumbers?
There is a credit called carbon-credit. Let us ask ourselves, how many Ghanaians are aware of carbon-credit? And how many Ghanaian companies or individuals have accessed this carbon-credit? So, as we raise the issue of climate change, I would want us to draw our attention not only to the causes of climate change and its effects, but to also take this opportunity to create awareness.
Especially, as policy makers, how best we can evolve policies that would make us adapt to issues of climate change which are real and which we cannot run away from.
On this note, Mr Speaker, I would want to congratulate the Hon Member who made the Statement and say that, as a House, we have to take the issue of climate change and its adaptation serious.