If they are not to be regarded by some of us, as yet another bunch of hypocrites milking the green movement and getting undeserved acclamation, as protectors of the natural environment in Akim Abuakwa, then they had better put pressure on Barima Kofi Osei and his elders to halt the illegal tree felling that goes on there day and night, 24/7, immediately.
If it should continue to remain business as usual there, and those responsible for the serious degradation of what is one of only two uplands evergreen rain forest in our country still succeed in getting away with their crimes against humanity (which their illegal actions practically constitute), then I am afraid that some of us will have to come to the rather painful conclusion that the "traditional authorities" of the area are just another group of sophisticated dissimulators, out to promote their wealth creation agenda by stealth: under the guise of promoting conservation there - whiles in reality they are merely engaged in "greenwashing".
They must remember that all it will take to expose such fraud, will be just one click of a computer mouse. With respect, this is the 21st century, not the 18th century - today, traditional authorities only have "moral authority": but even that, only as long as they are genuine and remain true to the causes they promote publicly!
The patience of some of us is wearing pretty thin - and we are getting fed up with the continued destruction of the Atiwa Mountain range uplands evergreen rain forest: and if it continues, we shall mount an international campaign to expose the outrage that is going on there, whiles some trumpet what in effect will be bogus green credentials: green credentials they do not deserve, in that case. They must simply act now to halt the destruction of the Atiwa Mountain range uplands evergreen rain forest. Period.
At a time of global climate change, no one, not even apparently respectable figures, should be allowed to continue milking an undeserved public image as protectors of the natural environment in the area, when in reality they do zilch to protect the Akim Abuakwa Jauso rain forest. Hopefully, it will not come to that, Opanin? A word to the wise...
Hmmm, Ghana, eyeasem oo - asem ebaba debi ankasa! May God bless and protect our homeland Ghana, always. Long live freedom! Long live Ghana!
PS Nana Asante Bediatuo, if you guys actually want to promote sustainable development in Akim Abuakwa, contact the following: Ken Hargesheimer - MiniFarms organisation (http://www.minifarms.com/.), the South African sustainable development company, Sustainable Villages Africa [SVA] (http://www.sva.co.za/.), and the Biochar Fund organisation in Europe (http://biocharfund.com/index.php.).
You and your cousins can help all the rural communities there create sustainable livelihoods and real wealth if you help them leverage their environmentally-friendly and sustainable development models for rural development.
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