The Ghana Youth Environmental Movement (GYEM) is a leading youth-led environmental policy advocacy and non-violent campaign group in Ghana. We exist to mobilise and organise young people to take action to solve the environmental challenges in our communities, and also address the global climate emergency. We believe that social movements have historically opened the doors to transformational change and that we can learn from those experiences to do the same in our context.
Young people are passionate about change and have the energy and drive to work towards it. We are also among those who suffer most from the consequences of environmental degradation and the negative impacts of climate change. We see opportunities for us in a better world, so we want to create the future we desire, by holding our leaders to account and having a say in decision making that affects our future.
Our vision is to work towards a sustainable environment and a just world for our and future generations. We envision a sustainable and just planet as one with clean air and water, protected land and ocean, and sustainable food and energy to support every person and community to live a happy, safe and healthy life.
To bring together and empower young people from diverse backgrounds with the tools to run disruptive campaigns, and lead solutions to the environmental challenges of our time.
We are willing to learn from a wide range of experiences to stay relevant in our context, while staying true to the belief that African traditional knowledge is a rich source of solutions to the ecological crisis.
We train activists to design and lead non-violent direct action (NVDA).
We build leaders at the grassroots and empower them to lead change in their context
We aim for systemic change while welcoming incremental change in the process
We focus on bottom-up solutions, and prioritise the participation of those at the frontlines of environmental injustice