The list is endless when it comes to the causes of climate change. Fossil Fuels, Deforestation, Desertification, Environmental Pollution, Illegal Logging, Illegal Mining, CO2 Emissions, Habitat Destruction, Poaching, Plans Pollution water, overfishing, oil spills, greenhouse gases, are some of the causes.
All of this affects the health of the earth, which is the planet bequeathed to humans to live on out of the eight that we have in the solar system. And if the earth is made sick because of human actions and inactions, it definitely affects the health of humans living on the planet.
Yesterday was marked globally as World Earth Day, to highlight the need to deliberately keep the earth, which sustains human beings, healthy by investing in its upkeep.
Themed “Investing in Our Planet” and hosted by Earthday.org, the lead organization behind Earth Day around the world, the commemoration called on businesses to move towards sustainable practices.
The United Nations celebrates the day which was first marked on April 22, 1970, as International Mother Earth Day, and this year observed the day with the theme: “Harmony with Nature”.
Since 1970, every year on April 22, billions of people around the world come together to raise awareness about environmental protection and today, around one billion people in 193 countries take part in Earth Day and decide to protect the environment and biodiversity.
However, the problems of destruction of the earth and its biodiversity continue to arise and worsen, due to human greed and inclination to amass wealth at all costs, even at the expense of other humans living on it. Earth.
While efforts are being made to address the challenges, they seem insufficient, as the rate of destruction has soared over the years, while collaborations to address environmental issues have been piecemeal.
EarthDay.org President and CEO Kathleen Rogers put it succinctly when she said, “For years, we’ve been carefully sorting our recyclables and carrying reusable bags to the grocery store, while atmospheric carbon levels continue to soar.
“Individual action is necessary to stop climate change, but it is not enough. Industry and governments must follow suit. But at last year’s climate change conference in Glasgow, one thing became clear.
“Governments weren’t going to do it; Governments have been telling people for a long time, “Cut back, cut back, cut back” as if we were profligates and it was all our fault. Let’s all turn our heat down to 55 because the government can’t pull itself together to invest the serious money we need in renewable energy.
Here in Ghana, we commend the government for its commitment to reversing the impacts of climate change, with interventions such as the Green Ghana initiative which last year successfully championed the planting of over five million trees. Across the country.
This particular milestone was taken up a notch with the plan to plant 20 million trees in June this year and we urge all citizens to get fully involved when the time comes.
The government’s Operation Vanguard to stop the pollution of our water bodies from illegal mining has made some progress, although there is still a long way to go as the fight is far from over. We urge the security task force not to shy away from its mandate to save mother earth and the future of the country.
The Daily Graphic also calls for more collaboration between individuals, organizations and government, as well as deliberate investment, to control our environment, ensure sustainable use of nature’s wealth and manage waste effectively. generated.
Additionally, we need to protect our wildlife and prevent the killing of game on our reserves, as happened recently in Mole National Park when poachers killed and dismembered a buffalo, and ultimately , to ensure that we continue to live in a healthy and well-protected world.
As Pope John Paul II said in one of his profound quotes: “The Earth will not continue to yield its harvest except with faithful stewardship. We cannot say we love the earth and then take action to destroy it so that it can be used by future generations.