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Ghanaians say climate change is making life worse, needs urgent action by government and citizens

African Agriculture And Climate Change

Ghanaians say the government and ordinary citizens share responsibility for fighting climate change, the latest Afrobarometer survey shows.

While fewer than half of citizens have heard of climate change, a majority of those who are aware of the phenomenon say it is making life in the country worse and requires urgent government action.

Citizens also call on other key stakeholders – including business and industry, developed countries, and ordinary citizens – to do a lot more to limit climate change.

Key findings

In Ghana, 44% of adults say they have heard of climate change (Figure 1).

Among Ghanaians who are aware of climate change:

o Six out of 10 (60%) say it is making life worse, a 12-percentage-point increase since 2020 (Figure 2).

o More than three-fourths say that ordinary citizens can help curb climate change (77%) and believe that the government needs to take immediate action to limit climate change, even if it causes some job losses or other harm to the economy (87%) (Figure 3).

o Views are divided as to whether the government (43%) or ordinary citizens (42%) have the primary responsibility for fighting climate change and limiting its impact. Far fewer place this responsibility mainly on business and industry (9%), rich or developed countries (3%), and traditional leaders (2%) (Figure 4).

o But a slim majority (53%) say the government is performing “fairly badly” or “very badly” in handling climate change (Figure 5).

o Strong majorities say the government (81%), business and industry (74%), developed countries (69%), and citizens (67%) “need to do a lot more” to limit climate change (Figure 6).

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