This festival is anchored on the Sustainable Development Goal 14 “Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development.” It underscores the importance of the critical need to sustain the marine environment. Oceans, seas and other marine resources are essential to human well-being and social and economic development worldwide. Their conservation and sustainable use are central to achieving the 2030 Agenda, especially for oil producing countries. Marine resources are particularly important for people living in coastal communities, who according to United Nations represented 37 per cent of the world population in 2010. Oceans provide livelihoods, subsistence and benefits from fisheries, tourism and other sectors. They also help regulate the global ecosystem by absorbing heat and carbon dioxide (CO2) from the atmosphere. However, oceans and coastal areas are extremely vulnerable to environmental degradation, overfishing, climate change and pollution.
• To create a stimulating national platform to discuss issues around Ghana’s environment and share ideas that can inform policy and good practice in Ghana.
• To raise public awareness of the diversity of marine life and habitats in Ghana and through the dissemination of information, quality assured videos.
• To screen carefully selected international and Ghanaian films that have the power to change the way we think about our environment.
• To broaden and socialize children’s perceptions of their environment by using films, photography, and other participatory creative forms in order to improve their understanding and encourage them to preserve it.
• To organize screenings for schools at which young people watch films made by their peers and discuss solutions to various environmental challenges in their communities.
• To empower communities to address their environmental challenges positively and to choose sustainable solutions that enhance their social and economic development.