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 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.
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.