The Ajumako cluster of Compassion International Ghana, an international non-governmental organisation (NGO) catering for needy children, has planted over 300 trees at various locations within the Ajumako-Enyan-Essiam District to contribute to the Green Ghana Project.
The organisation in collaboration with its frontline church partners, including the Methodist and the Anglican Churches, on Friday planted five symbolic trees at the Bisease Methodist Basic School at a brief ceremony.
The exercise was supported by the chiefs and people of Ajumako Bisease and students of the Bisease Methodist and Anglican Basic Schools.
The Green Ghana Project is to restore Ghana’s dwindling forest cover by planting at least 100 million trees by 2024.
The maiden edition of the project last year saw the country planting some seven million trees.
This year’s exercise is on the theme: “Mobilising for a greener future.”
Mr Eric Kwesi Koomson, partnership facilitator of the NGO, noted that environmental stewardship was an important part of enabling children and the youth to realise their God-given potentials.
He said the biblical mandate to care for God’s creation gave them the responsibility to participate in the Green Ghana Project.
“It is therefore gratifying hearing the President’s call on Ghanaians to plant trees on Green Ghana Day.
“In response to the President’s call and in fulfilment of our organisation’s environmental stewardship drive, Compassion International Ghana in partnership with our church partners are planting over 19,000 tree seedlings across the regions of Ghana,” he revealed.
Mr Koomson pledged the NGO’s commitment to nurture and monitor the seedlings planted to meaningfully contribute to the preservation of the environment.
The Very Rev. David Addo Yeboah, Superintendent Minister of the Methodist Church, advocated the suppression of environmental degradation through afforestation to guard against storms and erosion.
Alluding to the Bible, he urged Ghanaians to be generational thinkers and adopt the habit of protecting the environment because “tree is life.”
“Let us collaborate to protect the environment for our own health. It behoves on us to take this exercise seriously and take care of the plants in our areas for better outcomes,” he added.