Good news: My article was selected and published in Ghana Meteorological Agency's premier magazine to mark this year's World Meteorological Day celebration.
Here's an excerpt:
The Sun, the Earth and the Weather
We have all heard the simile “as unpredictable as the weather”; however, long before the advent of the tools used by meteorologists to predict the changes in weather patterns, there was a time when our folks could fairly predict the weather by the sun’s heat during the day, by observing animal behaviours, or by observing the sky, the clouds, the moon and the stars, the air and the wind.
There was a time when our forests were thick and green, and we were blessed with clean seas, rivers, lakes, lagoons, streams and beaches. There was a time when the soil was fertile and our farmers could rely on the weather to tell when to prepare the land for planting. In those times, our farmers reaped bountiful harvests without the excessive use of fertilizers and hence we savoured organic food produce. There was also a time when we had beautiful weather, like the concurrent showers and sunshine children adored.
Whenever that occurred, children came out to play, happily singing to the good old song:
It’s raining and yet the sun is shining;
Ghosts are off to the market. (A translation from the Ghanaian parlance Fante)
Those were many, many years ago. Now things have changed. The trees that once gave shade to the streams have been cut down. Most of our streams have dried up. Our water bodies have been polluted and that is threatening aquatic life. Our beaches are dotted with waste materials. Fumes from vehicles and emission of harmful gases by industries have polluted the air. Mining is destroying arable lands and depleting the country’s natural resources.
And to make matters worse, the world is experiencing accursed weather conditions. What do the experts term that? Ah yes, climate change! Experts say human activities, notably the emission of greenhouse gases from the burning of fossil fuels, have been the dominant cause of climate change...
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