10 Aug 2019
The Tema Community 7 cluster of school park was the center of attraction on Saturday August 10th 2019 as the Green Republic Project, the Church of Pentecost Community 7 Assembly and the Tema Metropolitan Assembly teamed up to plant 500 trees as part of efforts to help green Tema under the Tema Restoration agenda which seeks among other things to plant 1million trees in the metropolis to help combat climate change and global warming.
Speaking at the event the Convener of the Green Republic Project Nana Yaw Osei-Darkwa commended the Church of Pentecost for their environmental initiative and charged them to protect and restore the earth which is God's creation to its lost glory. He said as Christians it behooves on all to be the conscience of the state and be the ones leading the restorative agenda of the earth because God demands that of all Christians.
He also commended children who joined their parents to the planting event saying the future of young people was at stake and so was refreshing seeing the participation of young people. He charged the Church and community members to help nurture and care for the trees to grow because it's one thing planting the trees and another thing caring for them to grow.
"We can not leave these trees orphans, let us adopt them and nurture them to grow."
On his part the Mayor of Tema Hon. Felix Mensah Nii Anang-La commended the Church of Pentecost for their vision and called on all people of faith and Ghanaians in general to emulate the example of the Church. He indicated that his office was ready to partner organizations in the fight against climate change and global warming , an example of such a partnership leading to the planting of the 500 trees.
He said Tema as an industrial city needs to take the climate fight very seriously and has that as a cardinal part of the Tema Restorative Agenda. He commended the Green Republic Project for their partnership with the Assembly to drive the planting of 1million trees which has started in earnest. On behalf of the Leadership of the Church of Pentecost, the Area Head, Apostle Matthew Larbi- Wettey commended members of the Community 7 assembly for their impressive turnout in support of the tree planting event which forms part of the churches environmental campaign nationwide.
He admonished Christians to be active contributors to the National development effort especially in promoting sustainable environmental practices. He indicated that a clean environment was central to the Christian faith because cleanliness is next to Godliness. "We serve a pure God and as such we as followers must amplify and examplify that for our own good and the collective good of our nation.
He said the Church of Pentecost would continue to play active roles in helping find solutions to challenges confronting the nation and humanity at large. He commended the Green Republic Project for their vision to help plant 20million trees by the year 2028.