Joshua Amponsem is a climate advocate and the founder of Green Africa Youth Organization (GAYO). He is leading the establishment of the first community-led zero waste project in Ghana through an initiative dubbed Sustainable Communities Project – which provide community-based enterprise models, green jobs and applies circular economy principles to agriculture and food systems, as well as the waste management sector.
Joshua focuses on Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction. His work aims to enhance the meaningful inclusion of youth and children in local and global sustainable development processes. He is the lead author of ‘Adapt for Our Future’ – the first background paper on Youth and Climate Adaptation and is currently supporting the Global Center on Adaptation to establish a global youth adaptation network to provide youth with the knowledge and opportunities needed to accelerate global adaptation to current and future climate risks. He served as an advisor to the UN Youth Envoy’s Office in the planning and delivery of the first UN Youth Climate Summit and supported the design and delivery of the first-ever IRENA Youth Forum.
Prior to this, he served as Business Development Manager and Lead Environmental Consultant for Challenges Group Ghana, where he supported the delivery of business growth services to an enterprise portfolio of over 100 green enterprises in Ghana. For 2 years, he was a UNEP Tunza Ambassador for Africa and mentored over 50 young people to implement green initiatives globally. In 2016, Joshua was named World Climate Ambassador by Climate Interactive.