Vodafone marks Valentine Day with tree-planting exercise

Vodafone Ghana, in partnership with the Forestry Commission and Ghana International School (GIS), has embarked on a tree-planting exercise across the country as part of efforts to protect wildlife and preserve oxygen.

The planting of over 3,000 trees on a 15-acre land at the Achimota Forest on Valentine’s Day was the telecommunication company’s way of showing love to humanity.

Speaking at the event, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Vodafone Ghana, Patricia Obo-Nai, said the exercise is in line with Vodafone’s commitment to give back to society as part of its Purpose-Led agenda.

“Our remit as a company goes beyond just making profits. Forest-loss is one of the major causes of Climate Change and the biggest environmental challenge facing everyone as a result of its adverse impact on food production, water availability, wildlife and human health.

“Trees are a crucial factor to human existence, not only because they produce food but also because they play an important role in the carbon cycle. Trees filter water-bodies, provide habitat for terrestrial biodiversity, absorb harmful carbon from the atmosphere, and are serve for medicinal purposes.

“We believe that if every Ghanaian decides to plant and grow one tree, the country would have 20 million trees to ameliorate the forest depletion. This is why we are giving employees seedlings to grow at home and in their backyard as part of the project. And it is our belief that this tree-planting project will inspire Ghanaians and other organisations to start thinking about the planet and how they can also contribute,” she said.

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Executive Director of the Forestry Commission, Kwadwo Owusu Afriyie, commended Vodafone Ghana and GIS for the initiative. He gave assurance that the Commission will support Vodafone to ensure that the trees planted are well-maintained to grow well.

He appealed for other organisations, religious bodies, communities and social groups to visit the Commission for trees to plant in order to promote a green and healthy nation.

Mrs. Angela van der Puije, a Special Education Needs Coordinator of GIS, said her school is passionate about helping to protect the environment through best practices and eradication of land-degrading activities.

Mrs. Obo-Nai further added that Vodafone has other planet-saving initiatives for the year: such as the ‘Handset Recycling Initiative’, whereby it will encourage customers to submit old and obsolete phones at any Vodafone retail shop for the company to properly dispose of or recycle them.

“We are also gradually fading out single-use plastics from Vodafone’s offices and retail shops. The campaign, which started barely a week ago, has already changed the culture across Vodafone’s operations. Today, you will realise that instead of giving bottled water which would be disposed of after usage, we decided to come with water dispensers,” she said.

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