The Green Republic Project is on a green mission to make Ghana green again by having Ghanaian youth plant 20 million trees in the country by 2028.
The grassroots organisation was set up by Nana Yaw-Osei Darkwa in 2018 to mitigate climate change in the West African country.
Ghana has has lost half of its forests since 2000 due to deforestation, cocoa production, logging, clearing of trees for agriculture, fuel wood extraction and gold mining, known locally as galamsey.
Nana Yaw-Osei Darkwa says: “Climate crisis is standing in the way of a healthy tomorrow. As leaders of the future it is important that critical proactive steps are taken today to secure a healthy future environment and climate. As young people we have the responsibility and power to help find solutions to challenges of the future through creative thinking and actions.
“It [climate crisis] is setting in motion a dramatic domino effect with catastrophic environmental, social and economic consequences, such as drought, hunger, poverty, flooding, and war and refugee crisis which we need to fight with fierce urgency through tree planting.”
To date, the project has seen the planting of around 10,750 trees across some selected communities in Ghana, with plans to plant 100,000 trees in the Eastern and Northern regions in 2019.
In addition to the planting of millions of trees across Ghana, The Green Republic Project also aims to ensure local communities and young people continue to be consciously aware of the issues around climate change and what action is required on their part to help mitigate its effects. Every single tree planted is left in the hands of the community leaders, community members, school leaders and children who are also made aware of the repercussions of deforestation.
Nana Yaw Osei-Darkwa said: “We can never downplay the critical importance of trees to human existence because life can not be guaranteed without oxygen.
“There is therefore the urgent need to purchase the future with the present. The Green Republic Project has a vision of making Ghana green again in tandem with global efforts.”
Rosa Medea is Life & Soul Magazine’s Chief. She writes about lifestyles including sustainable and green living. She also offers content services to businesses and individuals at Rosamedea.com