Vodafone Ghana, working in partnership with the Forestry Commission of Ghana and Ghana International School (GIS), held a tree-planting campaign across the Ghana to protect wildlife and preserve oxygen. The environmental stewardship initiative planted 3,000 trees on a 15-acre lot at Achimota Forest. Held on Valentine’s Day 2020, the outreach was billed as Vodafone Ghana’s way to show its love for humanity. As part of the tree planting initiative, Vodafone Ghana employees were given tree seedlings to grow in their backyards. The company believes that if every Ghanaian planted and grew one tree, Ghana would have 20 million trees to ameliorate forest depletion.

Vodafone Ghana believes that its tree-planting project will inspire Ghanaians and other organizations to start thinking about the planet and how they could contribute their quota of good environmental stewardship. CEO of Vodafone Ghana Mrs. Patricia Obo-Nai remarked that Vodfone’s remit as a company went beyond profit-making. CEO Obo-Nai explained that forest-loss was a major cause of Climate Change and the biggest environmental challenge facing everyone because of its adverse impacts on food production, water availability, wildlife and human health. The statement from Vodafone noted trees are crucial to the human existence, not only because they produce food but also because they play an important role in the carbon cycle. The statement said trees filter water-bodies, provide habitat for terrestrial biodiversity, absorb harmful carbon from the atmosphere, and has medicinal uses.

Executive Director of the Forestry Commission Mr. Kwadwo Owusu Afriyie commended Vodafone Ghana and Ghana International School for the initiative. He gave assurance that the Commission would support Vodafone Ghana to ensure that the trees planted are well-maintained so they could grow well. Mr. Afriyie appealed to other organizations, religious bodies, communities and social groups to work with the Forestry Commission to plant more trees to promote a green and healthy nation. Mrs. Angela van der Puije, Special Education Needs Coordinator at Ghana International School, said her school was passionate about helping to protect the environment through best practices and the eradication of land-degrading activities.

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