The fifth of June every year marks World Environment Day. The World Environment Day yesterday saw the Minister of Science, Environment, Technology and Innovation, Professor Kwabena Frimpong-Boateng delivering the keynote address at a durbar in the East Akim Municipality in the Eastern Region.
He stated emphatically that for us to see an end to the negative environmental practices facing Ghana now, there must be a collaboration of all Ghanaians. He added that the fight against environmental degradation and land pollution was long overdue and the nation as a whole must fight it if we do not want to be blamed by posterity for being negligent.
He again added that our survival as humans depended largely on the environment and protecting the environment should be the responsibility of all. The global theme of this year’s World Environment Day is, ‘Connecting People to Nature in the City and on the Land, From the Poles to the Equator.’ Ghana, however adopted as its National theme, ‘Connecting People to Nature from Cape Three Point to Bawku,’ with the slogan ‘Connect to Nature.’
Professor Frimpong-Boateng charged the people of Kyebi not to allow migrants destroy their Atewa Forest Reserve and their rivers; Birim, Densu and Ayensu. ‘I want to see Birim, Densu and Ayensu like how they used to be clean and pure in the 1970’s when you could see the bottom of the river with rocks while mud fish swam in them’, he said.
He has therefore called for the restoration of the degraded lands and forest through massive afforestation programme.