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Green Ghana Day: Parliament plants 1,200 tree seedlings

  Fri, 07 Jun 2024
Science Green Ghana Day: Parliament plants 1,200 tree seedlings
FRI, 07 JUN 2024 LISTEN

Parliament has since 2022 planted a total of 1,200 tree seedlings with a 90 per cent survival rate in support of the Green Ghana project.

“In 2022, Parliament planted 400 trees, in 2023, we planted 300 trees and this year, we will be planting a set of 500 trees, bringing the total to 1,200,” Speaker Alban Sumana Kingsford Bagbin stated on Friday in his remarks, when he led the House to undertake tree seedlings planting at the premises of Parliament House in Accra, as part of activities marking this year’s Green Ghana Day on the “Greening Today for Greener Tomorrow”.

The Speaker noted that he had been reliably informed that about 90 per cent of the trees planted so far had survived and were growing up healthily.

The Green Ghana Day initiative was introduced by the Government in 2021 focusing on aggressive afforestation and reforestation programmes to restore the country’s degraded forest cover.

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This year’s event targets the planting of 10 million tree seedlings nationwide.

Mr Bagbin said the theme for this year’s event “Greening for a Greener Tomorrow”, resonates deeply, as Ghanaians strive to create a sustainable future for generations to come.

He noted that the world stands at a critical juncture, where human actions have significantly impacted the planet’s ecological balance.

“Deforestation and land degradation have contributed to the devastation of nature, such as climate change, loss of biodiversity, and soil erosion,” he said.

“I however stand before you today with optimism, renewed hope and determination for the future of the blue planet earth.”

He said the recognition of the existential threat of the earth was the beginning of the solution; adding that by the resolution to nurse and grow trees annually and to promote afforestation and biodiversity, the world had reversed the annihilation of nature by 50 per cent.

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“As we annually plant and tender these trees we effectively counter and reverse the downward trends and begin to cultivate a greener and more sustainable tomorrow. Trees are the lungs of the earth, providing oxygen, absorbing carbon dioxide, and supporting countless species.”

He said trees shield nature from harsh weather conditions, prevent soil erosion, and supply humankind with life-giving water.

“As we plant these saplings, we invest in a future where our children can thrive in harmony with nature. We envision a world where forests flourish, wildlife prospers, and our planet heals,” he said.

“The forest is not just a resource; it is a relation. This is the proverb that highlights the interconnectedness of all living things and encourages us to view the natural world as a web of

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relationships rather than just a collection of resources to be exploited. It is also stated that the earth is not a gift from our parents, but a loan from our children.”

He called on Ghanaians to continue to join hands in this noble endeavor, having recognized the power of collective action; saying “Together, we can restore and rejuvenate degraded lands, we can revive and support biodiversity, we can mitigate climate change, and we can ensure a sustainable future”.

He said it was therefore not for nothing that Parliament devotes the day for the tree seedlings planting exercise without plenary sitting.

“Our very existence depends on the health and well-being of the earth, the earth is our mother and we must take care of her,” Mr Bagbin said.

“We owe a heavy responsibility to the earth and to future generations. Let us nurture these seeds of hope, and together, let us grow a better world for all.”

The Speaker said under his leadership, the House would procure a pickup vehicle and two motorbikes to support the Forestry Commission to facilitate their activities at the premises of Parliament House; saying “to make sure that at the end of the day we have here the Garden of Eden”.

Mr Cyril K. O. Nsiah, the Clerk to Parliament, lauded Mr Samuel Abu Jinapor, the Minister of Lands and Natural Resources, for conceptualising this great initiative, which from all indications was backed by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.

Mr George Agbenowoshi, Deputy Greater Accra Regional Manager of the Forestry Commission encouraged Ghanaians to green and protect their environment.

In attendance at the event were Mr Joseph Osei-Owusu, the First Deputy Speaker of Parliament; Mrs Patricia Appiagyei, Deputy Majority Leader and Madam Comfort Cudjoe Doyoe Cudjoe, Second Deputy Minority Whip.

As part of the celebration MPs, Parliamentary Staff and the Staff of the Forestry Commission wore green T-shirts with the hashtag #Let’sGoPlanting: 10 million Tree Seedlings.

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