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At a stand-pipe in Ghana

Young reporters in Ghana hit the streets and visit water stand-pipes to capture people's views on how drought has impacted their community.


By Quame, Headlines Education Centre
For BBC News School Report in Kumasi

I visited a stand-pipe point where people have formed long queues waiting for their turn to fetch water.

Child drinking water from a tap
Students fear hotter weather will mean water will become harder to find

I asked two people from a nearby school about their views on the Copenhagen conference. One young person said: "I think it would be good for the world to get together on something that affects all of us. I hope that this time the big countries will not bully the small ones into signing an agreement that will favour the big ones only. After all, the climate is no respecter of country size or their riches."

The four issues calling for international agreement in Copenhagen are:

• How much are the industrialised countries willing to reduce their emissions of greenhouse gases?

• How much are major developing countries such as China and India willing to limit the growth of their emissions?

• How is the help, needed by developing countries to engage in reducing their emissions, going to be financed?

• And how is that money going to be managed?

Power cut

Drought seriously affects the country's hydropower production.

Until recently, electric power was rationed because our main source of power could not work at full capacity because of low rainfall.

Our sources of drinking water are virtually dried up, which is making most homes experience poor sanitation.

As a result it is a common sight to see people queuing in the cities looking for water.

The Copenhagen conference must address what we can all do to reverse the harm we have all caused.


By Inuen and Marie, Christ The King School
For BBC News School Report

In August 2009, Ghana played host to a United Nations conference on climate change. This conference aimed at providing member countries with information about the effect of climate change on the world.

Gathering children's opinions, our reporter had this to say:

"I am standing on the streets in front of my school and the weather is extremely hot. Due to climate change, the usual temperature around this time of the year in Ghana has gone up. Our weather patterns have also changed to the extent that we can no longer predict the weather. This issue should be seriously dealt with for the sake of future generations."

The government's attention has shifted to the UN climate conference in Copenhagen, Demark, from 7 - 18 December, 2009.


By Oliver, Daniel, Kofe and Makafe
For BBC News School Report

Here in the upper west region of Ghana, this is what some people have to say: "Water is becoming increasingly scarce. We have to walk very long distances in search of water and do our household chores before school. Our parents are poor and can't even afford to eat a square meal a day or provide us with school materials; this is affecting our academic performance."

All over the country the effect of climate change is getting worse. It is high time the government bodies and foreign governments come in to help address these issues.


By Sofia, DCAG High School
For BBC News School Report

Climate change may bring about disease and poverty. It may bring about drought, leading to hunger. Also it may drain government money which is spent on irrigation and drugs.

People must develop a positive attitude towards the environment. Governments and institutions must rise up stronger against pollution.

Some of the students' comments were used in the BBC World News for Children bulletin which is broadcast Monday to Friday on the World Class website and available between 1300 and 1700 GMT on the Newsround website. It can be downloaded for free and accompanying scripts are also available.



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