Recently, I was asked, “What was I doing when I turned 35 and how does that relate to where you are now?
35 was a pivotal year for me. I committed fully to a dream of hosting an international event on Climate Change that brought together policymakers in Africa and Canada to discuss Climate Change and the part we all must play in adapting and mitigating a changing climate. The event was called ” Eco-Tours and Exhibition – Urban Environmental Management Learning Tour and Exhibition of Canada”.
There were so many challenges experienced during the process of organizing the event. To some, it may have been a failure especially since the turnout was lower than expected and there was no financial gain, but I knew with conviction that it was very successful because my goals were met. The participants, especially the then Ghanaian Minister of Environment saw the event as a huge learning experience, ” An eye-opener” in his own words.
Financial gain has never been the overriding factor in deciding whether a project or a program should be embarked on neither has its popularity. Decisions to embark on projects and programs have always been based on the relevance to the beneficiaries and the positive impact on the environment with financial gain as the icing on top. Some may say that is not good business but then focusing on financial gain only, has led the world to the environmental mess we currently find ourselves. I am very passionate about my business and its purpose and will continue to work hard to make sure it is sustainable.
The Eco Tours and Exhibition was an innovative event at that time. I knew it was the beginning of things to come. I was right. It marked the beginning of my company, EnvironFocus. To date, EnvironFocus has continued to educate communities on Environmental Management and Climate Change with excellent feedback. I am glad I documented the event for posterity.
See the report from the event below. Click here to see the event flyer.
- Reducing Air Pollution for Improved Health and Economic Growth: A Global Perspective - September 22, 2023
- Ensuring Safe Drinking Water: Beyond Chlorine - September 22, 2023
- Building Resilience: Social Welfare Systems, Indigenous Knowledge, and Climate Change in Africa - September 22, 2023