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Why activism alone cannot save the environment or ensure Gender Equality – Dada Joe

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The world has certainly become aware of the trending issues concerning the Environment and Gender equality. Many activists, Forums and demonstrations have sought to change the way society view issues of this nature for years.

The fact on the ground is, our collective effort thus far has amounted to little. The cause can be diagnosed as the lack of political will to make into law, concrete and binding legislations to guide the National trajectory on such issues. Many of those raising these issues are just that, activists, scientists and non governmental organizations who have little to no influence on National decision making.

The fight to protect the Environment and ensure Gender equality is not about scientist and activist making ‘noise’ in the ears of politicians and ordinary citizens.

The scientists and activists must ‘infiltrate’ the various instruments of concrete decision making in the country in order to ensure their struggle doesn’t only solicit the sympathy of decision makers but they themselves are in a position to make the laws that will further the cause.

Words don’t build houses, action does. With that said, I couldn’t agree more on what H.E Nana Addo said at the Women Deliver Conference;

“We are not seeing enough dynamism and activism on the part of those who are seeking. I am talking about dynamism where it matters…electing people to Parliament, controlling political parties because they are the instruments by which our societies make decisions.

“We are talking about decisions, not wishes and hopes, we are talking about decisions that are going to make the difference,”

The president understands nice words and platitudes achieves almost zilch. The truth is firmly embedded in reality, and reality is until we have enough activists and scientists as decision makers, our noise will continue to remain just advice, to be taken or ignored purely at other’s discretion.

Writer: Joseph Naah-Yerreh (Dada Joe) Quality Manager, Youth Activist, Environment Activist, Politician, Writer)