Accra, Jan. 30, GNA
– The Women In Science (WIS) Directorate of the African Institute for
Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) Ghana, has started the maiden edition of its
lecture series dubbed; “AIMSWIS Climate Science Speaker Series”.
The lecture served
as a platform for the Institute to create awareness on climate change, its
causes and challenges, as well as offer solutions to mitigate the devastating
effects on the environment.
It focused on
understanding the climate dynamics and evaluating the effects on natural and
anthropogenic factors of climate change.
Dr Nana Ama Browne
Klutse, a Senior Lecturer at the Physics Department, University of Ghana, the
main speaker for the event, said climate change was a change in global or
regional climate patterns due to increasing global average temperatures.
She said it was
imperative for the public to have knowledge and understanding of the climate
change dynamics so that its effects could be mitigated.
“Everyone has a
role to play in the climate change cycle to ensure a safer and habitable
environment,” she noted.
Dr Browne Klutse
said climate change had two causes – natural causes and anthropogenic –
explaining that human-related causes include poor sanitation, burning fossil
fuels and deforestation.
increasingly influence the climate and the earth’s temperature through burning
fossil fuels, cutting down rainforest, farming and rearing livestock, which add
enormous amount of greenhouse gases to the atmosphere and increased the
greenhouse effect and global warming,” she observed.
She noted that
climate change had dire effects on the environment, resulting in higher
temperatures and reducing the annual average rainfall, which caused heat waves
risks for vulnerable communities.
The effects of
climate change severely affects elderly persons, frail and infants, resulting
in less water availability and increased frequency of bush fires and extended
Dr Browne Klutse,
who is also the AIMS-Canada Resident Research Chair on Climate Science for AIMS
Rwanda, said climate change had now become a developmental challenge, therefore
as a nation, it was imperative to put measures in place to lessen its effects.
Mrs Beauty Beatrice
Kwawu, the Gender Equality and Inclusion Focal Point for AIMS Ghana, in charge
of the Climate Science Speaker Series, said the lecture was organised to
promote a gender interest in climate science research and increase women’s
participation in it.
“The goal is to showcase
African women in climate science and inspire members of the AIMS Community,
especially young women, to address climate change challenge,” she said.
It also formed part
of a broader effort by the Institute to build the intellectual capacity on the
causes of climate change in Africa and propose practical solutions to its
developmental challenges resulting from climate change.
Institute for Mathematical Science Ghana is part of the AIMS-Next Einstein
Initiative network of Centres of excellence for postgraduate training, research
and public engagement in mathematical sciences.
AIMS Ghana is also a
UNESCO Category II Centre of Excellence.