ROTARY EXECUTIVES, GHANA PLANETEERS AND LAURA TURNER DISCUSS PERTINENT ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES WITH US AMBASSADOR TO GHANA, DONALD TEITELBAUM
Ghana, Accra 6th February 2012: Renowned environmentalists Laura Turner and the Producer of the Captain Planet Cartoon Series and Founder of the Planeteer Movement Barbara Pyle, Anne Abbey, President of Airport Rotary Club, Mr. Kwasi Atuah, Chairman of the Airport Rotary Club Foundation together with other Rotary Executives and Timothy Karikari, President of the Ghana Planeteers Movement have paid a courtesy call on the US Ambassador to Ghana, Donald Teitelbaum and his senior management team in his office in Accra. Their visit to the US ambassador forms part of activities marking Laura Turner Seydel and Barbara Pyle’s five-day visit to Ghana to share ideas on how the environment can best be protected and also assist in the launch of the Airport Rotary Club.
The meeting which was held behind closed doors discussed issues affecting the environment and how best partnerships can be created between governments, donor countries and the private sector to curb problems affecting the environment.
Donald Teitelbaum praised Airport Rotary Club, Laura Turner, Barbara Pyle and the Captain Planet Foundation for the great initiative they have taken to educate and empower the younger generation especially school children by reaching out to them wherever they are to instil the habit of developing protecting the environment into them at a very young stage, stressing that ‘education is pretty much everything’. He also commended Rotary for their support to the cause being projected by the Planeteers Foundation.
Laura Turner remarked that the Planeteer Movement in Ghana will be ‘working hand in hand with institutions that are committed to promoting environmental issues to achieve much greater results. We will soon be telecasting the hugely popular Captain Planet series on the televisions in Ghana soon and we will be using it as the catalyst to drive out message to everyone. No one lives in isolation and if we do not take care, we will not be able to leave behind a better environment for our younger generation’.
On her part, the President of the Rotary Club of Accra Airport, Vivian Abbey reiterated the importance of giving back to the community in significant and meaningful ways. She stressed that ‘it is important that we contribute to sustaining the communities that provide us with opportunities. One unique way is to give your time or resources and, experiences, , to make life much better for other people’.
Laura Turner Seydel, Vivian Abbey and Barbara Pyle together with executives of the Planeteers Movement in Ghana also interacted with teachers and pupils of the Achimota Primary School in a fun packed activities on issues related to the environment.
The two hour interaction with pupils of the school provided Laura and the Planeteers a unique opportunity to share with them the tenets and principles espoused in the Captain Planet series; and encouraged the pupils to instil the habit of protecting the environment by joining the clubs in schools where they will be taught.
The Planeteers Movement of Ghana is a Non Governmental Organisation founded on the tenets of the principles espoused in the hugely popular Captain Planet Series committed to promoting and supporting programmes that enable children and youth to understand and appreciate our world through learning experiences.