The Anglican Ecosystem-Bishops (Eco-Bishops) of the West African Province, a movement of the Anglican Communion, has targeted to plant over one million trees to support government’s Green Ghana project.
Right Reverend Dennis Debukari Tong, Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of Tamale, said the initiative was in line with the Anglican Communion’s project, where Bishops were designated as Eco-Bishops to encourage members and clergy to protect natural resources.
He said the Eco-Bishops were tasked to help “maintain the earth,” engage government and other stakeholders to move beyond planting trees to sustaining their growth.
He mentioned that the Anglican Diocesan Development and Relief Organisation also provided seedlings to enable the Tamale Diocese to achieve its 1,000-tree planting target within its churches and schools.
The bishop was speaking to the Ghana News Agency during a tree planting exercise to mark the Green Ghana Day, with pupils of the Tishegu Anglican Primary School in Tamale.
The Green Ghana Day is a government initiative instituted to harness the essence of protecting the environment and the country’s forest cover.
This year’s Green Ghana Day is on the theme: “Mobilising for a Greener Future,” and targeted planting 20 million trees across the country on June 10.
“Eco-Bishops have the responsibility to persuade people to begin to work towards the maintenance of the earth to reduce global warming,” Right Reverend Tong noted.
He said Eco-Bishops ensured the sustainability of trees speaking on behalf of other creations, adding that “The earth is in crisis, and we must redeem it and humanity.