A Climate Week Event
Who: Climate influencers; Business with commitments to the SDGs; Impact Investors; Philanthropy
Where: Grand Central Tech @ Company, 335 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10017
When: Friday, September 27, 9-11am
• Pat Sapinsley, Executive Director, NYU ACRE Urban Futures Lab
• Rukayatu Sanusi, Executive Director, Ghana Climate Innovation Center
• Bankole Oloruntoba, CEO, Nigeria Climate Innovation Centre
Africa may not be the largest contributor to climate change, but its population bears climate change’s worst impacts. African populations are vulnerable to crop failure of households relying on subsistence agriculture; to flooding of urban residents in poor coastal communities; and to disease outbreaks through vector and waterborne illness.
At the same time, Africa is experiencing sharp economic growth. Ghana’s economic growth, for example, has been one of the fastest growing economies in the world in recent years. Much of this growth has been driven by extractive industry, including mining and oil, and the agriculture sector has largely relied on unsustainable practices.
Fortunately, climate solutions are being developed each day by Africa’s brilliant entrepreneurs: especially women and youth. Small and medium size enterprises (SMEs) are building innovative products and business models to increase the productivity of sustainable agriculture; to lower the costs of rooftop solar and microgrids; to collect waste for recycling and conversion to energy; to market innovative toilets to reduce the spread of disease.
The Ghana Climate Innovation Center as well as Climate Innovation Centres in Nigeria and Kenya promote the success and growth of these climate solutions. They drive inclusive green growth that African economies so desperately need – and that can produce tremendous financial, social, end environmental benefits. These centers are building bridges between transformational African businesses, the booming markets for their products and services, and the impact investors whose capital will enable scale.
Participants must register here: http://www.ghanacic.org/africas-climate-innovators-drivers-of-inclusive-green-growth/