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Earth Month Spotlight: 350 Ghana’s Fight to Reduce Carbon Emissions

Updated: Apr 27, 2023

We started in 2013, after a massive training event that organised in Türkiye – the Global PowerShift. It was a crucial moment for the climate movement, when we needed new energy and – above all – new global connections. Around 500 people from more than 130 countries came together during a week of meetings and relationship building.

As several other new young climate leaders around the world, I came back home with my friends full of ideas and passionate to make change. We started 350 GROC to oppose Ghana’s plans to build the Ekumfi Aboano power plant – a 700-megawatt (MW) project that would burn 2 million tons of coal per year and impact the health and livelihoods of thousands of people. We mobilised, protested, and talked to affected communities. And after three years of campaigning, we won!

The project was cancelled, once and for all.

But that was just the start. We kept fighting against fossil fuels in Ghana for many years. Our group got bigger, with almost 150 volunteers from different backgrounds joining – scientists, grassroots community leaders, lawyers, journalists, students. And we realised they had to go beyond. After we stopped the establishment of coal in Ghana, we had to fight for an alternative. In 2021, 350GROC started the campaign “Renewable Energy for Communities” (RE4C).


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