Green Ghana Day: Akufo-Addo urges Ghanaians to ensure the trees being planted survive

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In an eloquent speech to commemorate the 2024 Green Ghana Day, President Akufo-Addo fought for a greener future at Burma Camp in Accra.

Additionally, President Akufo-Addo stressed the pressing need to address pollution, climate change, and the loss of biodiversity, emphasizing the vital role that forests play in this fight.

President Akufo-Addo brought up the grave situation in South Sudan and the Horn of Africa, where intense heatwaves are endangering human habitation, in order to highlight the catastrophic effects of climate change. He pointed out that loss of biodiversity continues to jeopardize ecosystems across the globe, and that air pollution causes over 6.7 million deaths per year.

According to President Nana Akufo-Addo, the Green Ghana Project is “crucial” to fulfilling Ghana’s international and national obligations “to leave a greener and more sustainable world for our children.”

The president gave the following statement on Friday, June 7, 2024, during the Green Ghana Day celebration at Burma Camp: “A lot has been done in the past three years, so let us come together and sustain the gains that we have made.”

“This is a duty not only to the current generation but also to generations yet to come,” stated the president.

Ten million trees are intended to be planted this year.

The Minister of Lands and Natural Resources, Samuel Abu Jinapor, disclosed a few days prior to this year’s Green Ghana Day that 30 million of the 41 million trees planted since 2032 have survived.

Ghanaians were asked by the president to make sure the newly planted trees live.

“We must do it with a spirit of nationalism, solidarity, and, most importantly, love for ourselves, our country, and our planet. Let us go out not only to plant trees but also to grow them for a green tomorrow.”

“This tree-planting exercise must not end. It must continue until the trees can stand on their own and contribute to the sustainable future to which we aspire.”

“In addition to tree-planting, we must integrate sustainable practices into our daily lives. It is the little things that we do daily that can guarantee the future that we want.”

The Minister of Lands and Natural Resources stated that GH¢1.5 million had been set aside by the government for the 2024 edition.


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