Some Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs) and entrepreneurs have received tailored training on how to remodel their businesses in view of minimizing negative impacts on the environment as they grow.
That was through a one day workshop organized by the civil society organization, Game Changers in Yaounde.
The objective of the workshop was to galvanize small and medium sized enterprises to transition to low carbon operating models from the early stages, so as to promote the emergence of future big businesses that are environmentally conscious with established and functional environmental sustainability plans.
“We have as objective to raise awareness sufficiently on the climate crisis and trigger these young people to think in the direction of environmental protection in different cities.” Says Beverly Ndifoin, Project officer at Game Changers.
According to her, all the thing that endanger out environment have a lot of profit. Reasons why Game Changers want everyone to explore the advantages that are in the green economy, plus the so many job opportunities lying in the environmental space.
Renowned and prominent environmental experts from the government of Cameroon and the civil society, drilled the participants on the impact of businesses on the environment/climate, circular economy as a pathway to redressing the climate crisis, green financing by implementing and scaling climate solutions just to name but these.
Jean Felix Ebo, founder of the organization, ‘Ami de la Planete’ schooled the SMEs and entrepreneurs on the effects of human activities on the environment.
After the training which was in its first edition, organized in collaboration with the British High Commission in Cameroon, Game Changers expect to witness change on the field.
“We expect the SMEs and entrepreneurs to go back, have a rethink of their businesses and how they can integrate sustainability practices in their day to day operations.” Patu Ndango Fen, founder of CLSV, Project Coordinator of Game Chamgers told News Upfront after the opening ceremony.
The participants of the workshop did not hide their feelings as they praised Game Changers and it’s partner, British High Commission for the opportunity given them to explore green opportunities. One of them is Solace Agha Forminyen, Director of Youth Multipurpose Agro-enterprise Center.
Worth noting is the fact that SMEs account for about 90% of businesses worldwide, implying that there can be no transition to net zero without their involvement.
The Game Changer’s Green Growth Capacity Building (GGCB) workshop targets some 50 SMEs, entrepreneurs, startups, and project owners.
The workshop took place at the Head Office of the Young Volunteers for the Environment (JVE) Cameroon.
Also present at the workshop was the VIIMMA 2021 Blogger of the Year, Louvier Kindo Tombe who seized the occassion to encouraged his peers to blog for green economy.
“Before being a blogger, am a journalist and most bloggers in Cameroon are first of all journalists. But I encourage them all to commit sincerely in blogging with special attention on environment/climate issues.” Louvier Kindo told News Upfront.
Game Changers is practically a well known coalition of actors that are conscious about the negative impacts their activities are having on the environment and climate in particular and have the zeal to make things different by taking actions that would mitigate the effects.