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Forecasting a Green Future: Pioneering the Green Climate Club in Ghana’s Senior High Schools

Amid the escalating global climate crisis, Ghana contends with profound environmental disruptions—from escalating temperatures and erratic rainfall to the looming threat of sea-level rise. Responding to this urgent environmental challenge, the collaborative efforts of the Ghana Education Service (GES), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and Ministry of Environment, Science, Technology & Innovation (MESTI) coalesced in the formulation of the Climate Change Learning Strategy (CCLS) in 2019. While initially addressing the imperative for environmental education in primary schools, the consequential need to enlighten high school students gave rise to the transformative Green Climate Club.


Guiding the Ship: A Strategic Vision for Youth Empowerment

Leading this visionary initiative is the Ghana Meteorological Agency (GMetA), envisioning the establishment of climate clubs, now known as the Green Climate Club, in every Senior High School nationwide. Moving beyond the conventional role of disseminating meteorological knowledge, the GMetA actively nurtures premier climate clubs—bastions of environmental literacy meticulously aligned with Sustainable Development Goal 13. These entities are not merely educational forums; they are strategic drivers of socioeconomic development through the cultivation of an enlightened and environmentally conscious youth.

Plotting a Course for Climate Literacy

The GMetA’s ambitious agenda mirrors the intricate web of challenges spawned by climate change in Ghana. Delving into the multifaceted impacts of climate change, the GMetA aims to deepen students’ understanding of its health implications, its far-reaching ramifications on agriculture, and the pivotal role of high schools as dynamic hubs of climate and environmental training. This transcendental approach aims not only to disseminate knowledge but also to instill inspiration, forging a generation of leaders ardently committed to proactively addressing climate change. The strategic integration of climate change into educational policy-making underscores the GMetA’s unwavering dedication to institutionalizing sustainable practices.

Creating a Meteoric Impact on Environmental Education

The GMetA’s engagement infuses a meteorological perspective into the diverse activities of the Green Climate Club. Going beyond traditional educational methodologies, practical initiatives take center stage under the strategic guidance of the agency. Workshops, training sessions, and climate-related events unfold, providing students with a hands-on, immersive experience. The emphasis on meteorological principles is palpable as students engage in practical endeavors such as establishing school gardens and participating in tree planting initiatives. The GMetA, in fostering future meteorologists, actively contributes to the cultivation of environmental leaders poised to champion sustainability in the face of evolving climate challenges.

Guiding a Journey of Stewardship

Envisioning transformative outcomes, GMet aspires to mold informed and eco-literate students armed with the skills for sustainable living. The agency places a premium on teamwork and collaboration in response to climate change, ensuring a holistic approach that extends beyond the classroom confines. Graduating club members, conferred with a certificate of honor, stand as a testament to their commitment under the strategic mentorship of the GMetA. A network of student leaders and advocates emerges, ready to champion sustainability with the meteorological insights provided by the GMetA, thereby planting the seeds for a greener future.

Empowering the Next Generation

With unwavering commitment to a five-year timeline, the Green Climate Club, under the strategic guidance of the Ghana Meteorological Agency, embarked on its transformative journey in March 2023, where the initial Green Climate Clubs were established in ten senior high schools in the Northen Region. Collaborative efforts with the Ghana Education Service, the National Union of Ghana Students, Ghana Agriculture Sector Investment Program (GASIP) and support from various partners propel the seamless implementation of the program, ensuring a far-reaching impact. Donor organizations, including recent positive responses from entities such as the World Food Programme, amplify the initiative’s resonance. The GMet ‘s strategic involvement extends to the Oti Region, where efforts are diligently underway to establish ten additional Green Climate Clubs, ensuring a broader reach and a lasting meteoric impact across diverse landscapes.


The strategic role played by the Ghana Meteorological Agency in the Green Climate Club initiative marks a visionary step towards cultivating a generation of environmentally conscious leaders. As meteorological expertise intricately intertwines with the narrative of climate education, Ghana’s youth are not merely poised to weather the storm of climate change; they are equipped to proactively engage, innovate, and lead. This strategic role extends beyond forecasting weather; it encompasses forecasting a green and sustainable future, guided by the hands of a well-prepared climate-smart-generation and empowered youth—an odyssey that paints a hopeful, verdant canvas for generations to come.”


By Naa Korkoi Essah, Head PR, Ministry of Communications and Digitalisation, Ghana.

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