The Chief of the Defence Staff (CDS), Vice Admiral Seth Amoama has led the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) in the commemoration of the 2022 Edition of the Green Ghana Day on Friday, 10 June 2022 at Congo Junction, Burma Camp.

According to CDS, the President and Commander in Chief (C-N-C) of the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF), HE Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo planted the first seedling of the 20 million seedlings to be planted nationwide.

He, thereafter, directed that all units within GAF take active part in the noble exercise to reforest the country. He emphasized that GAF through the resilience of Operation Halt II was already enhancing the natural environment and air quality in the fight against illegal mining. He charged them to restore the lost forest cover of Ghana to contribute to the global effort under the theme “Mobilizing for a Greener Future”.

“The exercise is linked into the global efforts in mitigating the global climate change; our collective efforts will save the unborn generation and also be a testimony of resolve to hand over a better world to generations after ours”, he said. The CDS entreated all Commanders, Personnel and Civilian Employees to generously nurture the seedlings planted in order to improve its resilience to climate change impacts and contribute to healthier, more livable urban environment.

He added that, the exercise would not only take place in military barracks, but also in the communities in which military units are located. He recalled that 7 million seedlings were planted last year and 70 percent of the trees planted survived.

The CDS, in his remarks admonished troops to help address the negative impact of global climate change in line with the Sustainable Development Goal 13: which mandates every member state of the United Nations to take urgent action to combat climate change and its impact. He planted the GAF’s first seedling at Congo Junction, assisted by the Service Chiefs.

The exercise was undertaken in close collaboration with the Ministries of the Metropolitan Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDA) and the Forestry Commission.