The Presbyterian Church of Ghana kick-starts one million tree planting campaign
The Presbyterian Church of Ghana on Thursday 3rd June 2021 kicked-starts the planting and nurture of one million trees across the country as part of the church’s Ecological Integrity Campaign.
The Moderator of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana, Rt. Rev Prof. Joseph Obiri Yeboah Mante at a brief ceremony planted some trees at the Abokobi and Oyarifa Presbyterian Basic Schools in Accra to officially mark the beginning of the exercise.
The tree planting exercise by the Presbyterian Church of Ghana is in line with the Green Ghana Project of the Government of Ghana, which was launched recently by the Minister of Lands Natural Resources, Hon. Samuel Abu Jinapor aimed at planting five million trees in June this year.
Speaking at the ceremony the Moderator said at far back as 1922 the first Synod of the Church instituted what is known as “Arbor Day” which is a day set aside for all Presbyterian Schools to plant trees to protect the environment from degradation.
The Moderator indicated that tree is life and, therefore, there is the need to safeguard the forest cover of the country.
He expressed concerned about the indiscriminate felling down of trees and the activities of illegal mining known as galamsey, which has affected all river bodies and forest zones posing serious threat to both human and aquatic lives.
“By planting trees, we are giving more life to the nation because the tree is life,” Moderator said.
He disclosed that every adult Presbyterian from 11th June 2021 will plant a tree and this would continue throughout the year in all the Presbyteries of the Church.
The Moderator said in 2019, the Church launched a 5-year National Sanitation and Environment Cleanliness (Ecological Integrity) Campaign with the objective of ensuring a clean environment in order to promote a healthy life for Ghanaians.
“Having realised the need to reverse the trends of environmental degradations, the PCG, in collaboration with the Forestry Commission, is spearheading the National Sanitation and Environmental Cleanliness (Ecological Integrity) Campaign. Our faith enjoins Christians to be good stewards of the resources that God has entrusted into our care” he emphasized.
Rt. Rev. Prof Mante said the one Million Trees Project would contribute to the reversal of ecological degradation and therefore reduce the overall effects of climate change which will also provide a good stewardship of God’s creation and beautify the environment in which the community lives.
The Moderator mentioned that the tree planting exercise would be done in two (2) phases, with all Presbyterian schools and academic institutions planting 100,000 tree seedlings today and on Friday 11th June, all Presbyteries, Districts, Congregations will also plant 900,000 trees within their respective geographical areas.
The Clerk of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana Rev Dr. Godwin Nii Noi Odonkor and other Presbytery Chairpersons joined the Moderator for the for the exercise.