Joshua Amponsem is an environmental activist and the founder of Green Africa Youth Organization (GAYO), a gender-balanced, youth-led organization which serves as a capacity building and advocacy anchor in environmental sustainability. His work aims to enhance the meaningful inclusion of youth and children in local and global development processes. Currently enrolled in the MSc Environmental Risks and Human Security at the United Nations University in Bonn-Germany, Joshua focuses on Climate Change Adaptation, Disaster Risk Reduction and Vulnerability Reduction (Resilience Building). Through this experience, he is currently leading GAYO to implement climate change adaptation projects with the Adansi South District in Ghana while supporting the establishment of the Africa circular-economy network in Ghana – with the aim of implementing circular-economy principles for waste management and agriculture in rural and peri-urban communities.
Prior to this, he served as Business Development Manager and lead environmental consultant for Challenges Worldwide in Ghana, where he supported the delivery of business growth services to an enterprise portfolio of over 100 enterprises within the green sector in Ghana. For 2 years he was a UNEP Tunza Ambassador for Africa and mentored young people to implement green initiatives globally.
Since 2016, he has delivered World Climate Simulations to over 1,000 young people across West Africa. Joshua takes inspiration from the diversity of life forms on land and underwater, and continuously works toward inclusiveness and oneness of life. He is part of diverse local and international networks working toward a cleaner and better environment for the future.
We asked Joshua how World Climate simulations were relevant for building the capacity of new climate leaders in Ghana. You can read his interview here.