Forests play a crucial role in sustaining life on earth- Prez Akufo-Addo 

Forests play a crucial role in sustaining life on earth- Prez Akufo-Addo 

President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo on Friday, June 7, joined activities to commemorative tree planting ceremony of the 2024 edition of Green Ghana Day.

The theme for this 4th edition of Green Ghana Day was, “Growing for a Greener Tomorrow.” 

According to him, “we stand together to make a significant impact on our environment. Over the past three years, with your unwavering support, we have successfully planted 42 million trees, most of which are thriving.”

He said, this year, “we have the opportunity to add at least 10 million more trees, bringing our total to an incredible 52 million trees in just four years. This is a remarkable achievement, demonstrating our collective commitment to combating climate change, conserving biodiversity, and securing a sustainable future for our nation.”

President Akufo-Addo said forests play a crucial role in sustaining life on earth and addressing the triple planetary crises of climate change, pollution, and biodiversity loss. 

Adding that Here in Ghana, activities related to Agriculture, Forest, and Land Use (AFOLU) contribute fifty percent of our national greenhouse gas emissions.

He said by preserving the forests and adopting sustainable land use practices, “we can significantly combat climate change through carbon sequestration. Each tree we plant today is a step towards a greener, healthier, and more prosperous future for all Ghanaians.”

He said the theme should inspire everyone to participate in this national tree planting exercise. 

“Whether you are in Axim, Zebilla, Aflao, or Tumu, and no matter your profession, grab a seedling, plant it, and nurture it to maturity. Let us work together to surpass our target of 10 million trees this year. Every seedling we plant today is a step towards a sustainable future,” he said.

According to him, “Together, let us go out not only to plant trees, but also to grow them for a “Green Tomorrow.” May God bless us all and our homeland Ghana, and make her great and strong.”

“So, wherever you are today, from Axim to Zebilla, and from Aflao to Tumu, whether you are a farmer, teacher, doctor, nurse, lawyer, politician, artisan, or student, grab a seedling, plant it, and nurture it to maturity. Every seedling we plant today is a step towards a sustainable future. Together, let us go out not only to plant trees, but also to grow them for a “Green Tomorrow,” he noted.

By Edem Mensah-Tsotorme

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