About This Author
Muntaka Chasant is an independent researcher and documentary photographer based in Accra, Ghana. His work is at the intersection of geographies of waste, urban marginality, new and emerging challenges, including the 'three planetary crises' of climate change, biodiversity loss, and pollution. Feel free to drop him a line at hello[at]muntaka.com.
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Victims of climate change are already here but shunned, left to fight their own battles. The future of towns and villages on Ghana's southeastern coast hangs in the balance in a time of climate crisis. A depressing reminder of how the rest of us should ready ourselves for the oncoming climate chaos.
Emerging consequences of the Agbogbloshie demolition and a glimpse of everyday struggles in Accra and how urban marginality is experienced. Beyond the role of the State in dispossessing Accra's urban poor, the Agbogbloshie demolition should be viewed within the context of socio-spatial entanglements.
Tropical wetlands — long seen as the reservoirs of much of the world’s biodiversity — are dangerously in decline. Anthropogenic medications and climate variability have resulted in the loss of key ecosystem services and functions. This is a quick peek into the tropical life of a rural fisherman who relies on tropical wetlands as a source of job.
The cultural commodification of Nzulezo (Nzulenzu) challenges their traditional identity. This cultural voyeurism fuels tensions between the stilt village, the nearby Beyin town, the local traditional council, and government agencies, who all want a share of your tourist dollars.
Tidal river fishermen have degraded the mangrove forest cover around the Densu Delta — a Ramsar-designated wetland — for traditional fish traps. Only about 16 red mangrove trees (Rhizophora species) are left standing, having all been cut down for the traps, fuelwood, and timber. However, mangrove biomass is critical for fish assemblages, which the fishers rely on. This habitat degradation has led to a loss of biodiversity in the area, leading to a decline in fish stocks in the Densu intertidal zone. The video below explores this problem.
Aerial view of Cape Three Points, the southernmost tip of Ghana and the nearest land to Null Island (at zero degrees latitude and longitude)
In a classic Tragedy of The Commons scenario, industrial fishing vessels in Ghana are dredging up small pelagics reserved for the artisanal sector — having already depleted higher trophic species. The vessels tip overboard the unwanted (bycatch). In response, Ghana’s artisanal canoe fishers are resorting to destructive fishing methods, including using bombs to send a shock wave through the water to maximize catch and light to attract shoals of fish. The canoe fishers say they would stop when the Government stops the trawlers. Climate change is magnifying these vulnerabilities to the extent that fishermen no longer go to the sea because 'there is no fish in the ocean'. Is the future already here?
The eastern tropical Atlantic ocean is filled with so much plastic debris that a poor Ghanaian fisherman had no choice but to remain ashore to fish in one of the most polluted water bodies on earth instead.
Thousands of urban poor use a precarious makeshift wooden bridge to cross from the densely populated Sodom and Gomorrah slum to the Jamestown area and Korle Bu, Ghana's premier healthcare facility. Video and photos, and a brief interview with the entrepreneur behind the bridge.
Urban poor men risk injury and drowning to swim in the heavily polluted Korle Lagoon — float alongside human remains sometimes — to recover recyclable plastics, which they sell for around $0.17 per kilo.
Fish processors in Ghana trade-off between their livelihoods and exposure to cancer-causing toxicants, including PAHs. Climate-related shocks and overfishing are reshaping the mobility of migrant fishers.
Ghana has the second dirtiest air in Africa, according to the IQAir AirVisual’s 2020 World Air Quality Report.
Is it OK if society gives prisoners cutlasses and shovels and let them loose on the street to panhandle for money?
Note: Images in this post are strictly for documentary and editorial purposes. Do not use in any context without license or permission. The Youth of Accra The Korle Lagoon flows into the Gulf of Guinea, the northeasternmost part of the tropical Atlantic Ocean. It is not only a reservoir of pollution and waste, but also […]
Note: The photos in this post are strictly for editorial/education purposes. Do not copy or share without my permission. All taken at Agbogbloshie in Accra, Ghana, the exploratory photos below offer insights into hazardous child labour and e-waste. Hazardous Child Labour Informal disposal and recycling of end-of-life electronics (e-waste ) may be poisoning a generation […]