Location: Accra, Accra, Ghana

Franklin Cudjoe is head of Ghanaian think-tank Imani: The Centre for Humane Education, whose vision is to educate and create a core of young scholars that will promote market oriented policies throughout Africa. He was formerly a programme officer and research assistant at the Institute of Economic Affairs in Ghana. A Land Economist by training, Franklin works closely with partner think-tanks across the world to promote public policy ideas in Ghana and abroad. He is a frequent commentator in print and broadcast media about Africa development issues, including appearances on BBC, CBC, Swiss and Swedish National TV, Austrian National Radio and varied local Ghanaian media, and has been published or quoted in the Ghanaian Daily Graphic Accra Daily Mail, Ghana Web, My Joy online, London's Daily Telegraph,The Wall Street Journal, El Mercurio (Chile), La Republica (Costa Rica),the Ottawa Citizen, the San Francisco Chronicle, Netzeitung Voice Of Germany, and many others. Franklin speaks to policy makers, students groups in Ghana and abroad. Franklin is an Adjunct Fellow at the Independent Institute in the USA and the International Policy Network in London.

Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Green Earth calls for ban on imported fridges- Regulating some mythical ozone depletion substances to keep the poor poorer.

Kumasi, Sept 19, GNA -

The Ashanti Regional branch of the Green Earth Organisation has called on the Government to ban importation of second hand fridges into the country to help reduce the release of Chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) into the atmosphere.

In a statement issued in Kumasi and signed by Nana Tom Osei Owusu, Ashanti Regional Coordinator of the Organisation to mark World Ozone Day, it expressed concern about the booming business of importing second fridges by some few rich people to the detriment of the masses in the society.

The statement said the obvious danger from the reduction in the amount of ozone in the atmosphere was the increase in the amount of ultraviolet radiation reaching the surface of the earth. This had resulted in the sudden upsurge of skin cancer and other danger to the local biological life.

It attributed the massive reduction in the thickness of the ozone over the years to the use of CFC materials and urged the government to respect the Montreal Protocol of which the nation is a signatory and enforce the laws banning the use of CFCs in the country.


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