5 Jun 2019
As a way to mark the 150th Birth Anniversary of globally celebrated non-violent activist Mahatma Gandhi, the Indian Community in Ghana led by H.E Mr. Birender Singh Yadav, the Indian High Commissioner to Ghana n partnership with the Green Republic Project (TGRP) on 05 June, 2019 undertook a tree planting drive in the Greater Accra Region.
The initiative saw the planting of over 150 trees at tree separate locations namely: Baatsona Basic School, the Kotobaabi No.2 Primary School all at Spintex Accra, as well as along the Ceremonial Road in the Tema Metropolis.
Born Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi in 1869, Ghandi was an Indian lawyer, politician, social activist, and writer who became the leader of the nationalist movement against the British rule of India. His life and teachings inspired activists including Martin Luther King Jr. and Nelson Mandela.
Extolling the ideals of Mahatma Gandhi, the Indian High Commissioner to Ghana, Birender Singh Yadav encourage the pupils of the schools visited not to be violent towards the environment but rather care for it by planting more trees.
The tree planting exercise also coincided with the 2019 World Environment Day which had the theme “Beat Air Pollution”.
World Environment Day is the United Nations day for encouraging worldwide awareness and action to protect the environment. Since it began in 1974, the event has grown to become a global platform for public outreach that is widely celebrated across the world.
Touching on the theme for this year, Mr Birender Singh Yadav praised the Green Republic Project convened by Nana Yaw Osei-Darkwa for his visionary movement that seeks to plant about 20 million trees across Ghana.
At Tema, the exercise attracted the Metro Politan Chief Executive, Mr Felix Nii Anang La who commended both the Indian High Commission and the Indian Community in general for including Tema in such a historic initiative. He pledged to ensure the trees are well catered for.