Mr. Samuel Kwabla Alorvor, Head of Health, Safety, Security, and Environmental Sustainability at the Tema Fuel Company (TFC) Limited, says the Company has identified strategic locations in Tema to plant about 1,200 tree species.
He said the Company would
plant ornamental and forestry trees as part of the Green Ghana Tree Planting Campaign being pursued by the Government under President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.
Mr. Alorvor said the management and staff of the Company had started the project with the planting of 510 tree species at the Tema Senior High School.
They would also plant 100 trees in their various houses, 50 trees at the Chemu Senior High Technical School, 100 trees at the Tema General Hospital (TGH), 120 trees at Kpone Senior High School, 30 trees at Tema Sports Stadium, and 290 trees at the Tema Technical Institute.
The Company encouraged the students to act in an environmentally responsible manner both at home and outside.
Mr. Alorvor noted that human activities had caused the depletion of the ozone layer, and as a result the rainfall patterns had changed, making the earth hot.
He said the depletion of the ozone layer was also leading to reduced water supply and quality, the loss of iconic species and landscapes, distorted rhythms of nature, and the potential for extreme events to overwhelm the regulating services of ecosystems.
“The global community is now experiencing more frequent and intense drought, storms, heat waves, rising sea levels, and melting glaciers,” stated, adding that warming oceans could directly harm animals, destroy their habitation and wreak havoc on people’s livelihoods and communities.
He, therefore, called for action through the Green Ghana campaign to “save the world and mankind.”
Mr. Alorvor said the planting of trees must be backed with conscious efforts to stop the uncontrolled felling of trees and the destruction of the vegetation.
He said the Company had set up a monitoring team to ensure that the trees they planted survived.
“We are not just planting but would deploy a team to regularly monitor the growth of the trees.”
Mr Naven Naicker, Depot Manager, TFC, stated the readiness of the Company to give back to society through programmes such as “Green Ghana.”
Madam Patricia Annan-Quaye, Senior House Mistress, Tema Senior High School, appealed to government to reduce the price of gas to discourage people from felling trees for charcoal and as firewood.
The Company, as part of its corporate social responsibility activity, supported the Schools and the Tema General Hospital with fuel worth GHC2,000.