Saturday, 23 April 2016

#EarthDay 2016: How Do Ghanaian Politicians Intend To Preserve The Remainder Of Our Nation's Natural Heritage?

It is appropriate that on Earth Day, 2016, world leaders should gather in New York, the city that is home to the  United Nations Organisation, to sign the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, agreement on which they reached in Paris, in December 2015, to tackle global climate change.

The one biosphere, which is the collective home, of members of the one human race, can only be saved from the dark forces destroying what is left of humankind's natural heritage,  if all the nation's of the world unite, and take action, individually, at national level, to do so.

The tragedy for future generations of Ghanaians, is the astonishing lack of interest in environmental issues, shown thus far, by most of the members of our nation's political class.

One hardly ever hears politicians discussing the wanton destruction of our forests, and the poisoning of soils, streams, rivers and other water bodies, by illegal loggers and illegal gold miners.

Yet, preserving what is left of our nation's natural heritage, is vital - if present and future generations of our people are to enjoy a reasonably good quality of life.

What do the politicians vying for the presidency in this year's presidential election, have to say, for example, about the state of our forests? Do they care at all about biodiversity conservation in Ghana?

Ditto the egregious harm being done to the health of millions of our people, across vast swathes of the Ghanaian countryside, by the toxic chemicals and heavy metals used by illegal gold miners, which are poisoning soils, streams, rivers, sundry water bodies - including the underground water table?

On Earth Day 2016, for the sake of all Ghanaians, let President Mahama, Nana Addo Danquah Akufo-Addo, Ivor Kobina Greenstreet, as well as all the leaders of the other political parties in our country, tell Ghanaians, precisely what they intend to do to preserve what is left of Ghana's natural heritage.

Given the total lack of interest in environmental issues, which they have displayed thus far - as they criss-cross the country campaigning for votes - it is the least they can do.

(Be that is it may, this blog wishes all the good people of Ghana, who love and care about Mother Nature, Happy Earth Day!)

Let us pray that our nation's feckless politicians, will finally wake up to the threat to life as we know it, posed by the egregious destruction of what is left of our natural heritage - and that they will tell us what they intend to do to preserve it, and, above all, protect it, from the vicious criminal syndicates behind most of the  illegal logging, illegal sand-winning and illegal gold mining in Ghana, today.

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