Ghanaian music extraordinaire, philanthropist, human rights champion, Okyeame Kwame has revealed how a speech he gave two years ago speaking against the practice of galamsey also resulted in the beatings of his life as the youth of Jomoro in the West Region ganged up to teach a lesson.
Due to the reaction of his speech, Okyeame Kwame believes if we are to control climate change, a behavioural reset must be made.
“About two years ago on the DGM Project, I went to Jomoro with Solidaridad and the World Bank and we sat down with young men who are involved in galamsey, and after I made my speech that galamsey is destroying the waters and farmland, some of the young men gang up that they will beat me if they didn’t love my music, they would have beaten me that day in Jomoro.”
“Why? Because they say their parents have been farmers all their lives but they don’t own a motor. But they started galamsey a year ago and bought a Toyota Corolla.” the musician noted.
The climate change ambassador said the conversation on climate change and borders on the survival of the human species and must treated with urgency and importance. He therefor asked that the individual does not engage in activities that will worsen the situation.
“We need to act in time, we do not have 10 years, we do not have 20 years, we have only 7 years to turn our death line into a lifeline. That’s what the clock is saying,” Okyeame Kwame bemoaned.