Health they say is wealth. But air quality is very important in the health of humans. Did you know that out of about 10,000 cities in the world, Accra is the 492nd most air polluted city according to the 2021 IQAir report? As an educated inhabitant of Accra, have you ever asked about the composition of the air you fill your lungs with on a daily basis?

The rudimentary idea we had about air exchange is that plants inhale carbon dioxide and exhale oxygen. Interestingly, animals exhale carbon dioxide and inhale oxygen. In the grand scheme of things, animals and plants are dependent on each other’s waste materials for survival. The quality of the air humans breathe is determined by the number of trees available to absorb atmospheric pollutants.

If now the rainfall pattern has drastically changed in June-July as we knew it to be, and if nothing is done, what will happen in 20 years’ time? If the sun is blazingly scorching today due to the absence of trees to utilise most of the atmospheric carbon dioxide, then, what temperature should we expect in 20 years time if we don’t plant enough trees today? The tree-planting actions taken against climate change today should not be treated with disdain.

The Green Africa Youth Organisation (GAYO) is a youth-led, gender-balanced, advocacy group that is focused on environmental sustainability and community development. The principle of uniformitarianism states that the present is the key to the past. However, if the actions of today are not changed, the future becomes predictable. GAYO with an insight into what might happen in the future is augmenting the Green Ghana Project with the Trees4Biodiversity Project.

The GAYO Trees4Biodiversity Project aims to revive indigenous plant species and promote urban forestry while achieving the Ghana climate mitigation agenda. The project is strategically structured to plant 5000 indigenous tree seedlings within and around Madina on the 24th of July 2021. The available seedlings are; Blighia sapida (ackee), mahogany, visual palm, coconut, albizia, lebbeck, leucena, orange, Cassia ruxburghii/Cassie grandish, Sesbania grandiflora (African senna), cashew, empire, Tetrapleura tetraptera(prekese), and jumbo guava.

The Trees4Biodiversity Project is being implemented by GAYO in partnership with the La Nkwatanang Madina Municipal Assembly, and with support from the One Tree Planted and the Forestry Commission of Ghana. Join in this effort, as the saying goes, the best time to plant was 20 years ago, the second-best time to plant is now.

Trees4Biodiversity Inauguration

Date: Saturday, 24th July 2021.

Time: 8:00 AM

Venue: La Nkwatanang Madina Municipal Assembly Social Welfare

Targeted Trees: 5000 seedlings

Epistles regards,

Kwasi Boadu Ntiamoah (Trees4Biodiversity Coordinator)

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