The Right Reverend Dennis Debukari Tong, Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of Tamale, has described the act of planting trees as mandatory, saying “It is in obedience to God”.
“God made humans stewards of His creation, gave us the earth to be a home for us but also instructed us to keep it. So, when we plant trees, we obey God in maintaining the earth given to us,” he said.
Rt. Rev Tong was speaking on the Green Ghana Day when he embarked on a tree planting exercise with pupils of the Tishegu Anglican Primary School in Tamale.
The Green Ghana project, which seeks to encourage planting of trees to protect the environment, is on the theme: “Mobilising for a Greener Future”.
He urged citizens to cultivate the habit of planting trees and nurturing them to grow, rather than just planting the trees and leaving them at the mercy of animals and bush fires.
He called for collective efforts by the citizenry to grow at least one tree every year in their communities, reminding them of the saying: “When the last tree dies, the last man dies.”
“Let’s plant and grow trees, not just for the earth, but for human sustainability.”