In the statement signed by GCBC President, Archbishop Philip Naameh, the Catholic Bishops in Ghana welcome Pope Francis’ seven-year Laudato Si’ Action Platform and say the program will galvanize actions by the people of God to address environmental challenges by planting trees.
“We entreat the structures within our National Catholic Secretariat (NCS) to work towards development of a long term GCBC Laudato Si’ Program of Action along the lines of the LSAP. The full implementation of the program will start from 2022,” GCBC members say in their June 7 statement.
They entrust the coordination, resource mobilization, networking and partnership agreement to the Secretary General of their Conference, they say, adding, “We are also working with relevant stakeholders in the Dioceses and the National Catholic Secretariat (NCS) who will jointly issue a progress report on the program.”
GCBC Secretary General, being part of the coordination, will provide a progress report on the tree planting exercise, the Bishops says, adding that the progress report will serve as a source of motivation and encouragement to everyone involved in tree planting exercises across the country.
The Catholic Bishops invite other religious groups in the country to join them in planting trees in order to secure the country’s forest cover and maintain environmental conservation.
Pope Francis has used the end of fifth year Laudato Si’ celebration to call upon people across the world to mind about future generations by conserving the environment.
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