GREEN GHANA DAY: MOE launches One Student, One Tree initiative

Green Ghana Day; The Fight for A Sustainable Environment.

Introduction:

The Green Ghana project is a government initiative through the Ministry of Lands and Natural Recourses that seeks to restore the forest cover of our beloved country within the short medium time. To this end, His Excellency the President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has dubbed the 11th of June, 2021 as the Ghana Green Day. The Green Ghana Day will see the planting of 5 million trees across the country.

Why Green Ghana Day?

1. To awaken Ghanaians of the need for planting trees.

2. To repair and restore lands that have been depleted by illegal activities.

3. To respond to climate change.

4. Promote afforestation.

5. To promote economic activity.

The Ministry of Lands and Natural Recourses through the Forestry Commission has worked on a program that has made 6 million seedlings available for planting across the country. These seedings include economic trees e.g., Timber, wawa etc. which will be made available at vantage point such as; Malls, National theater, Ministries and all public pleases.

Trees can be planted in areas designated by the Forestry Commission including schools, community centers 100 meters away from the road side and residential homes.

The Ministry of Lands and Natural Recourses through the Ghana Education Service launched the One Student, One Tree initiative, one that will engage an estimated 1.2 million students on all educational levels in the tree planting exercise. A number of dignitaries and faith-based organization has also pledged to join in the tree planting exercise;

– The Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu Il

Yaa-Naa Abukari Mahama II, the overlord of Dagbon

The Catholic Church, Presbyterian Church, Church of Pentecost, National Chief Imam, etc.

At 1pm on 11th June 202, the President of the Republic will plant the commiserative tree on the lawn of the Jubilee house, followed by the Vice President, the Speaker of Parliament will lead Members of Parliament. Members of Parliament in all the 278 constituencies are expected to lead their constituents in the tree planting exercise. The Chief Justice will also lead the Judiciary to plant a tree at the Supreme Court.

The Ministry of Lands and Natural Recourses has received donations amounting to 1.1 million Ghana Cedis from well-meaning Ghanaians and some foreign agencies to support the tree planting exercise.

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