Climate Change, Poverty, and Solidarity in Ghana

Millennial writer Meghan Clark has a new article at US Catholic. She writes:

Traditionally the rainy season is four to five months during which they grow four crops; due to climate change it is now only two to three months. The shrinking rainy season is drastically impacting the people’s ability to grow enough food, maintain an agricultural sector, and address critical health needs.

Surrounded by challenges they cannot change, the women of Northern Ghana are creatively working together for the flourishing of their communities. Enhancing participation of women is a hallmark of sustainable development. Women are the gatekeepers for the health and wellbeing of children and often the community itself. In Ghana an entrepreneurial spirit is part of traditional gender roles for women through farming, crafts, and local markets, according to Dr. Akua Britwum at the University of Cape Coast. The women I met are expanding their traditional roles to build more resilient communities….

In his encyclical Laudato Si’, Pope Francis challenges us to see the intimate connection between the fragility of the environment and the vulnerability of poor communities. He issues a strong challenge to join those on the margins and build a culture of solidarity. In Ghana, I witnessed this being powerfully lived out by the efforts of these strong women in partnership with CRS and others.

The full article can be read here.