Journalists must ask relevant environmental questions especially on Atewa forest bauxite mining Journalists must ask relevant environmental questions especially on Atewa forest bauxite mining
President Akufo-Addo will today meet the media at the Flagstaff House for an encounter over his first year in office.This is the second time... Journalists must ask relevant environmental questions especially on Atewa forest bauxite mining

President Akufo-Addo will today meet the media at the Flagstaff House for an encounter over his first year in office.This is the second time the President is meeting the press since his ascended the Presidency on January 7, 2016.

A similar exercise was conducted in July 2017.Over the years ,the media has been criticized for not asking relevant questions during such encounter as most tend to be singing praises on the President instead of grilling the President on nagging issues .

Often times,environmental issues do not form part of sets of questions asked by Journalists.

Environmentalists in Ghana this time around are expecting Journalists to ask questions related to happenings in the natural environment sector particularly on why Ghana wants to  mine bauxite in Atewa forest despite its effect on three major river bodies which millions depend on  for survival.

Ghana risks losing valuable wildlife, if plans to mine bauxite in the Atewa Forest Reserve in the Eastern Region materializes.Scientists at the Forest Research Institute of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research and other world environmentalists have expressed similar concern warning government to tread consciously .

Environmentalists believe that ,economic relevance of Atewa Forest particularly when made Ecotourism site is much worth than all the supposed estimated revenue from bauxite mining.

Other salient issues on destruction of ecosystem , poaching of wildlife with impunity leading to extinct of the numerous species richness in the country.

Pollution and destruction of water bodies in the country has been predicted to worsen water stress in parts of the country.The issue of plastic Pollution cannot be overlooked ,as it posses dangerous challenges to the environment. Environmentalist believe Ghana must join league of Nations to ban plastic and rubber materials in the country.Ghana seems not to be on the path of Sustainable Development as physical infrastructural developments do not consider it’s impact on the environment hence no environmental impact assessment done on building projects thus the continuous building on water ways leading to perennial flooding and destruction of ecosystem.