Today, Freetown City Council (FCC) hosted a video call with Gillian Hamilton. She is a representative from Climate Reality, an organization founded by Al Gore, former Vice President of the United States on a mission to accelerate climate action in every aspect of life. The conference call took place in the Mayor’s Parlour and various key players in the public and private sector, including the Minister of Environment, Hon Foday Jaward; Chairman of the Parliamentary Committee on the Environment, Hon Tawa Conteh; councillors, representatives from EPA, civil society organisations with a focus on the environment, and conservationists.
The engagement touched on several issues surrounding climate change including trends, effects and possible local solutions. The audience had the opportunity to ask for questions and answers, share proposals and discuss constructive ways to join the climate action movement; at which point the Minister of Environment expressed his intention to ban single use plastics.
FCC thanks Gillian for her time and hopes to discuss ways in which Freetown can be an active agent of climate action on a future date. FCC is committed to making sure that Freetown is transformed into a sustainable city, which is why we are exploring the use of cable cars as a mass transit system and we are ready to support the Minister of Environment’s efforts to ban single use plastics.