Catholic Bishops in Ghana Launch One Million Tree Planting Exercise to Foster Laudato Si’

A poster announcing the Green Ghana project. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Catholic Bishops in Ghana have launched a one million tree planting exercise to mark the fifth anniversary of Pope Francis’ Encyclical Letter, Laudato Si’ and in support of the government's GREEN GHANA project.

The initiative of the members of the Ghana Catholic Bishops Conference (GCBC) is a response to the Holy Father’s call to use this year’s Laudato Si’ week to advance the seven-year Laudato Si Action Platform (LSAP) to address environmental challenges.

The government of Ghana, on its part, announced a plan to plant five million trees this year through the GREEN GHANA project.

“We wish to reiterate the Ghana Catholic Bishops’ Conference commitment to plant One Million trees during this year’s rainy season as announced during our Plenary Assembly in early May,” GCBC members say in their Monday, June 7 collective statement.

They encourage all Catholic Church institutions in the West African nation, including Parishes to take part in the tree planting exercise so that the one million trees target is achieved.


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.

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