Agenda 20 million trees kick starts in Tamale.

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A mission to curb the hazardous effects of climate change in Ghana and African as whole has commenced in Yung Dakpam Yilli in the Tamale metropolis of the Northern region.

The green republic project initiated by the Youth Icons Ghana with support from the forestry commission of Ghana, planted over 3,500 trees (seedlings) on Sunday, July 1, 2018 as part of the 10,000 trees to be planted in two northern communities in July.

Students from some selected Senior High schools in the region joined workers from the forestry commission, youth groups, and opinion leaders to engage in the tree planting exercise.

Some students in a photo with officials from the Green Republic and the Forestry Commission

The Convener of the project whole doubles as the President for Youth Icons Ghana Mr. Nana Yaw Osei Darkwa explained that, issues of climate change is one that must be taken serious by all persons regardless of his or her location, tribe, social status or age.

He said, it is sad to note that climate change has caused an unpredictable change to the rainfall pattern of the country especially in the northern parts of the country. This he said, will result in famine since there will not be enough rain to grow crops for the consumption by all Ghanaians.

Convener of the Green Republic Project Mr. Nana Yaw Osei Darkwa planting some of the seedlings.

Mr. Osei Darkwa notwithstanding, called on the local authorities and the government to pass stiff laws that will prohibit people from felling trees in the community without replacing them.

He counseled that, as leaders of tomorrow the youth of Ghana have a sacred responsibility to play active roles in finding lasting solutions to challenges of the present that has the prospect of harmfully crashing the future of youth and the unborn generation.

Mr. Osei further mentioned that, Youth Icons Ghana are very much worried about happenings around the world where the devastating effects of climate change is setting in motion a contagion effect with catastrophic environmental, social and economic consequences such as drought, hunger, flooding, poverty, war and refugee crisis. Therefore, if care is not taken Ghanaians may become climate induced refugees in the near future.

Students from the Ghana Senior High School in Tamale displaying the placard on the Green Republic Project.

This is in relation to the sustainable development goal 13 which calls for urgent action not only to combat climate change and its impacts, but also to build resilience in responding to climate-related hazards and natural disasters.

By: Prince Kwame Tamakloe – Kesmi News

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