GHANA: Archbishop Kwofie Decries Environmental Negligence

ACCRA, AUGUST 27 2019 (CISA)-Archbishop John Bonaventure Kwofie of Accra, has called for better care of the environment saying that the effects of negligence have come back to affect everyone.

“Be responsible for what God has given us, we have abused creation and the consequences are clear to all of us. The efforts we are doing today is to become responsible caretakers of what God has given us,” he said.

The prelate was addressing women leaders in the archdiocese of Accra who participated in a training on sustainable cook stove using rocks on August 21 in Accra organized by Caritas Ghana and Sun 24 Incorporated.

The training was on the theme, “Taking care of our common home” inspired by Pope Francis’ Laudato Si document which calls for care for the environment.

According to Joyce Oduro of Sun 24 Incorporated, using the rock cook stove reduces the use of charcoal and firewood which helps preserve the trees.

“This is basically to just ensure that we are using less of charcoal or firewood so that we can save the environment.  So, what we are saying is if the women are using less of it then the people who are cutting the trees for firewood and charcoal will also reduce the rate at which they are cutting because there will be less of demand for it,” she said.

The rock cook stove reduces heat loss and also produces less smoke which reduces chances of health problems caused by smoke.