The Ghana Journalists Association (GJA) has called for massive media support for the Green Ghana Project, a novel initiative to plant five million trees across the country.
It said media houses should play a pivotal role in the project by Saturating their airwaves and newspapers with relevant programmes, situational reports, exciting stories and well-researched features.
The aim is to get an overwhelming majority of Ghanaians to participate and assume ownership of the tree planting exercise. A statement signed by GJA President, Roland Affail Monney, in Accra, said the Association expects all media owners, Chief Executive Officers, editors and practitioners not only to promote the exercise but also take an active part in green their media houses and communities.
Sustainability, it said, is key to the success of the Green Ghana Project hence the need for media practitioners all over the country to help maintain the momentum through follow-up stories and programmes.
This will inculcate in the public especially the youth, the values of planting and nurturing trees.
The statement said the success of the Green Ghana Project would be measured by the extent to which the communities are green, waters sheds are protected and threats of climate change abated.
For its part, the GJA will consider instituting Special Green Ghana awards for journalists and media houses (traditional and online) who excel in championing this environmentally vital national exercise.