All posts by Ronny Agyei Yeboah

Ronny Agyei Yeboah is Executive Director of the Centre for Environmental Research and Policy Analysis (CERPA), Ghana. He is a Master of Science in Environmental Governance student at the University of Freiburg –Germany. He is currently in Ghana undertaking a three month mandatory academic internship with the Centre for Environmental Research and Policy Analysis (CERPA), an organization which he established in 2015. CERPA’s mission is to promote environmental welfare and sustainability through research, education, participation, and innovation, and this Ghana Environmental Concern Meter is one of our innovative research projects to report on environmental problems affecting the Ghanaian people.

Are Green Cities Symbols of Luxury? – by Ronny Agyei Yeboah

The term ‘green city’ or ‘sustainable city’ to many in the developing world is merely rhetoric of the affluent. The focus is often directed at exploiting our natural resource, creating more jobs, driving out extreme poverty, and improving standards of living of the masses with little concern for the environment. It’s not surprising that developing countries often battle International Environmental Agreements (IEAs) for special waivers when it comes to their implementations. The premise that economic progress and environmental welfare are inversely related, at least during the initial stages of development, is being held by many policymakers in developing countries. Scientific hypotheses such as the Environmental Cruznes curve postulate a U-shape relationship between environmental welfare and economic growth: environmental damages increase in the initial stages of per capita income growth, attains stability and then starts declining. These ideas help explain why the concept of green cities is less appealing in the developing world. Therefore, there should be an in-depth probe to find out whether the ‘green city’ concept hinders economic progress.

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GECM: Ghana Environmental Concern Meter Update

A Study by The Centre for Environmental Research and Policy Analysis (CERPA)

The Ghana Environmental Concern Meter (GECM)  is a scientific and objective assessment of public concerns on various environmental issues and challenges affecting the lives of the Ghanaian people. It is also a detective and reporting tool for environmental problems in communities in Ghana. Further, the GECM seeks to bring these environmental problems to the knowledge of the public to encourage self-help, responsibility, and environmental ownership among the Ghanaian people.

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