The Ghanaian Minister of Environment, Science, Technology and innovation (MESTI), Professor Kwabena Frimpong-Boateng, has called on religious organisations in the country to lead the fight against environmental degradation in support of the government’s efforts to improve livelihoods.
He said environmental degradation mostly depletes and deteriorates natural resources, which are sources of livelihood to the poor in society, thereby exacerbating their woes.
Addressing the 9th Biennial Supreme Subordinate Convention in Accra yesterday, Prof Frimpong-Boateng said that environmental protection and management is the collective responsibility of the whole populace and not only the government and public institutions.
Organised by the Knights of St. John International and Ladies’ Auxiliary (KSJI), a fraternal organisation of the Catholic Church, the convention was on the theme “Our Environment, Our Heritage- The Role of Civil Society in its Preservation.”
The minister called on both state and non-state actors to take concrete steps toward making the planet greener and cleaner and focusing on nature to eradicate poverty.
He said the government is implementing climate change programmes to promote renewable energy, lower deforestation, support the adoption of clean cooking and clean electricity supply.
Additionally, he stated that the government had invested about US$20 million in the dry savannah areas to provide water to vulnerable farmers in the long dry season.
Among other things, Prof Boateng added that through the Sustainable Water and Land Management and the Adaptation Fund projects, women were being supported in improved livelihood activities. These include shea nut processing and bee keeping and the protection and management of land.