A campaign, dubbed, REDD EYE’ has been launched by the Forestry Commission aimed at sensitising the public, especially the youth on the need to protect the environment and plant trees.
The campaign was designed by the REDD+ Secretariat of the FC, to whip up the enthusiasm of the youth about issues of the environment, harnessing their energies and creativity to deal with issues affecting the environment and its sustainability.
Mr. Samuel Afari Dartey, Chief Executive of the Forestry Commission (FC), said the survival of human beings depended on the environment, stating that “greed and desire to consume more than needed has rather tended to ravage the earth on which to live comfortably”.
He said the REDD+ Secretariat was working in partnership with key Institutions and stakeholders to check the rapid loss of the forest cover, which constituted an important part of the natural heritage, adding that there was the need for the youth to play key roles in ensuring the sustainability of the forest.
He therefore, urged the youth to take proactive steps to safeguard the forest without any further destructions, to ensure a better future with an environment devoid of pollution.
Mr. Yaw Kwakye, Head of the National REDD+ Secretariat launching the campaign, said it was the FC’s effort to create awareness in Ghana, adding that globally, it has been identified that the forest emitted 20 per cent of green gas, contributing to global warming.
He said the REDD EYE campaign was also to plant more trees to secure the forest from emitting green gas into the atmosphere, calling on the youth to be interested in issues about the environment and be active participants in measures that reduced the impact of degradation of the forest and to ensure the integrity of the environment.
Mr. Kwakye said the campaign would be taken to the regions to raise awareness on galamsey activities in the forests that had destroyed water bodies and courses, thereby having a serious implications on tourism and health and for that matter, called for everybody’s involvement including the youth.
By Seth Adu Agyei