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Ghanaian guide to green living Apply the sustainable practices of people living in Akatsi, Ghana to your own life.

My name is Angelica Gonzalez and I am a Junior majoring in Environmental Studies. Recently, I had the privilege of travelling to Ghana with an organization called the Nyah Project. I spent over a week immersing myself in the culture as well as learning about the Ghanaian lifestyle and environment. This guide reflects some things I've learned.

Are you shopping sustainably?

With the nearest mall being nearly 2.5 hours away, many shop for clothes, food, and their basic household needs at the local market. Ways to shop sustainably include: Avoiding clothing made of acrylic material, shopping close to home, bringing your own bag, buying secondhand, and if possible, returning packaging for reuse.

Are you buying in bulk?

In Akatsi, fishing is practiced as a means of obtaining food but you will not see anyone catching more than they can carry. I watched people fish for 3 hours but only leave with 4 fish for the 4 people living in their household.

We are guilty of overconsumption. We buy way more food than we need. According to the UN, 1.3 billion tonnes of food is wasted every year around the world. As a result, the money saved from buying in bulk is usually thrown out along with the food.

Are you cutting your carbon footprint?

Ghana aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 15% by 2030. I noticed people walking to every destination including school which took me roughly fourty-five minutes. Ways to reduce your carbon footprint include: carpooling, buying energy efficient products, unpluging devices that are not in use, planting a native garden, and encouraging conservation.

Are you cleaning up after yourself?

The Center for Biological Diversity reports that billions of pounds of plastic can be found in about 40 percent of the world's ocean surfaces. Many Ghanaian people show appreciation for their land by cleaning up after themselves. I witnessed a few people who live near the beach come just to clean up any litter and trash that might have blown its way onto the sand. I was told that it is common for the people living near to visit a few times a week to make sure the land is clean.

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