The District Chief Executive of the Sekyere Afram Plains, Hon Joseph Gyamfi Owusu, alias Odenkyem, has encouraged the citizenry to cultivate the habit of tree plantation to obviate the ever growing desertification threatening the future of the environment.

“At least, each person should grow one or two trees each year to multiply the existing plantations”, he added.

Hon Joseph Owusu made this clarion call during this year’s world Forestry Day under the auspices of the Forestry Commission.

The DCE also underscored the need for all individuals in Ghana, to collaborate with other development partners to continue to sensitise people on climate change and other environmental issues in their areas.

This, Joseph Owusu said, would go a long way to mitigate the impacts of climate change, and also help in managing the environment and other natural resources the nation has been endowed with.

He commended the ADA HEART FOUNDATION for actively participating in the fight against environmental degradation, and thereby urged them to partner with the district assembly to preserve the environment.

Speaking in a sideline interview with Silver FM's Akwadaa Nyame, the President of ADA HEART FOUNDATION, Mrs. Ama Dankwah appealed to Ghanaians to cultivate the habit of fighting against behavioural changes that trigger climate.

She challenged the inhabitants of Sekyere Afram plains especially the district capital, Drobonso to take a cursory look at the devastating effects of climate change, which recently threatened food security in the area as a result of inconsistent rainfall patterns.

Mrs. Ama Dankwah regretted that about 40% of Ghana's total land mass had experienced some of the worst forms of environmental degradation, and attributed its root cause to the indiscriminate falling of trees.

She therefore reiterated the need for the citizenry to cultivate the habit of tree planting at the communities to lessen environmental temperatures which in her estimation would minimise the threats of climate change.

The queen mother of Drobonso, Nana Adu Akosua Fofie pledged her preparedness to collaborate with the traditional authorities, land owners and other civil society organisations to demarcate large tracks of land for natural conservation.

Story by: David Afum / silveronline24 / (dvdafum@yahoo.com)

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