The Green Republic Project – a project that aims to plant 20 million trees across the country in the next ten years – has started with the first 3,500 trees planted in Yong Dakpam Yili, Tamale, Northern Region.
The aim of the project is to restore, to some extent, the country’s lost forests and also combat climate change.
Speaking at its maiden exercise, which took place on July 1, 2018, Convener of the Green Republic Project Nana Yaw Osei-Darkwa reiterated his commitment to ensuring the ambitious target set for the project is achieved.
“Exactly a month ago, we launched the Green Republic Project here in Tamale and made a pledge that, commencing 1st July 2018, we will begin our journey to plant 20 million trees by end of 2028 – and here we are today in Yong Dakpam Yili to honour our promise,” he said.
He thanked the project’s sponsors, Humano Energy and the Forestry Commission, for their unflinching support.
He further challenged the youth to join the cause of fighting climate change, as it has a direct bearing on the future of generations unborn.
“We can never downplay the critical importance of trees to human existence, because life cannot be guaranteed without oxygen. If we do not act swiftly and with fierce urgency, we could in the very near future become climate refugees who have to relocate to other countries or regions because of extreme weather conditions like excessive heat, drought, and famine,” he said.
Nana Darkwa again called on government to consider the alarming deforestation rate as a national security issue that demands urgent attention, as the effects of polluted air, through carbon emissions for instance, remain a major public health challenge.
He further urged corporates to take interest in the environment and pay much attention to issues bordering on climate change and reach out – through their corporate social responsibility activities – by making investments in projects that fight against climate change, such as the one being championed by the Green Republic.
The next planting exercise will come off in some few weeks’ time, with 7,000 trees to be planted in the Mion district.