From Sebastian R. Freiku .
Members of the Ashanti Regional branch of the Ghana Journalists Association (GJA), last Saturday morning, planted coconut seedlings at Danyame, a suburb of the Kumasi Metropolis.
The exercise was part of programmes lined up by the executives to herald a planned awards night scheduled for May 31 under the theme: ‘The Media’s Mandate in Fostering Sustainable Environmental Sanitation.’
The journalists were joined by officials from the Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly (KMA), and planted about 40 coconut seedlings at the Danyame area and the compound of the uncompleted Ashanti Regional Press Center at the end of the four-hour exercise.
The Ashanti GJA Regional Chairman, Kingsley E. Hope, commended members for taking part in the exercise, which was aimed at creating awareness on the need to plant trees to protect the environment, and thus provide oxygen to improve the air quality and climate amelioration.
Mr. Kofi Adu Domfeh, Regional Manager for TV3 network and a renowned advocate of Climate Change, expressed delight at the enthusiasm the members of the Association had exhibited in the exercise, which, he noted, would go a long way to conserve water, preserve the soil, and support wild life.
Mr. Domfeh said: “Apart from trees reducing flooding, they also provide food, protection and homes for many birds and mammals.”