“Let’s protect the environment to improve our wellbeing” – Lions Club

Tema West, June 8, GNA - The Lions Club, an international humanitarian service organisation, has called for the protection and restoration of the environment on a sustained basis to improve the wellbeing of communities in the country.

Ms Helen Maku Obeng, District Governor of District 418 (D418) of the Lions Club International (LCI) said: “as citizens, we all have a responsibility to prevent, halt and reverse the damage being caused to our forests and wetlands which affects the weather, climate, and atmosphere”.

She was speaking during a tree-planting exercise at the Sakumo Ramsar Site in the Tema West Municipality to commemorate World Environment Day on the theme: “Ecosystem Restoration”.

The day is used to rally support for the government, businesses, and the general public to put in efforts at addressing environmental issues with a further push for healthy ecosystems to enhance people’s livelihoods, counteract climate change, and ultimately stop the collapse of biodiversity.

Ms Obeng said it was imperative to draw attention to the importance of nature and the environment, adding that Lions had taken up the obligation to protect community environments and required others in the wider world to do the same for future generations.

“Lions have been motivated to undertake hands-on environmental service projects such as community cleanup, tree planting, and recycling throughout the year,” she said, adding that environmental cleanliness was key to healthy living and the sustainability of humans.

According to Ms Obeng, addressing the menace would require shared responsibility and concerted interventions, including education on a sustained basis to reduce the phenomenon to keep the country’s environments safe and protected.

“In environment and community activities little things do mean a lot because by working together we can have a positive effect on our environment and communities,” she added.

She said; “The earth sustains human life; we have seen how our stewardship as Lions of natural resources can improve quality of life and increase engagement in our local community,” emphasizing that, “Our environment is our home and we are committed to caring for it”.

Ms Obeng, who is the Representative of Ghana, Lions Club International, noted that the environment had been part of the Lions International policy since October 1972, and the organisation had since then joined the United Nation to celebrate World Environment Day.