The Ghana Catholic Bishops’ Conference committed to planting one million trees during this year’s rainy season.
Their planting agenda is twofold: It comes as a response to Pope Francis’s Laudato sì encyclical, and as a way to support the Ghanaian Government’s environmental flagship program, the Green Ghana Project.
“We wish to reiterate the Ghana Catholic Bishops’ Conference’s commitment to plant one million trees during this year’s rainy season as announced during our Plenary Assembly in early May,” read a statement by Archbishop Philip Naameh, the Metropolitan Archbishop of Tamale and President of Ghana Catholic Bishops’ Conference.
Laudato sì Action Platform
In April this year, the Government of Ghana announced an ambitious plan to plant five million trees in 2021.
While the Green Ghana Project will be carried out under the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources, Archbishop Naameh said dioceses, parishes, and ecclesial communities will also plant a variety of trees across Ghana to honor both the government project and the Pope’s encyclical.
“We welcome wholeheartedly the Seven-Year Laudato sì Action Platform launched by Pope Francis to galvanize action by the Church and all people of goodwill to address looming environmental, social calamities,” said Archbishop Naameh.
The Archbishop said the Ghana National Catholic Secretariat will coordinate, network, and mobilize resources towards the successful implementation of the tree-planting project.
Other activities under the Laudato sì Action Platform would be operationalized in 2022.