President Akufo-Addo has reiterated his government’s strong commitment to protecting the environment amidst the challenges posed by climate change.
In light of the pressing global need for sustainable measures to mitigate the negative impacts of global warming, the President emphasized the importance of collaborative efforts.
On the occasion of the 2023 Green Ghana Day to plant 10 million tree seedlings this year, President Akufo-Addo highlighted the significance of ongoing initiatives such as the Green Ghana Project.
In his address at the University of Ghana, Legon, President Akufo-Addo called upon all Ghanaians to actively contribute to the preservation of the environment.
Recognizing the unprecedented global environmental challenges that threaten our existence and the fate of our planet, the president stated that the climate crisis affects our health, livelihoods, security, and our future.
“We are living in a time of unprecedented global environmental challenges that threaten our existence and the faith of our planet. The climate crisis is affecting our health, livelihood, security, and our future and it is the major obstacle to sustainable development.
“The inter-governmental panel on climate change reports that human activities have emitted some 2.4 trillion of carbon dioxide since the pre-industrial era and half of that amount remains in the atmosphere till this very day.”
The Green Ghana Project aims to restore Ghana’s forest cover through extensive tree-planting campaigns and other conservation endeavors.
To bolster Ghana’s reforestation efforts, Samuel Abdulai Jinapor, the Minister of Lands and Natural Resources, urged citizens to embrace a sense of ownership and accountability toward the trees they plant. By fostering a collective responsibility, Ghana can enhance its endeavors to restore forest cover and combat deforestation.
Additionally, the Speaker of Parliament, Alban Bagbin, emphasized the urgent need for action, highlighting the substantial decline in Ghana’s forest cover over the years.
He called upon all individuals, without exception, to actively contribute to the restoration of Ghana’s forest cover.