The Odorkor Area of The Church of Pentecost on Sunday, March 12, 2023, launched the 2023 Environmental Care Campaign with a clarion call on all Ghanaians, particularly Christians, to end enviromental pollution.
The event, which was held at the Odorkor Central Assembly church auditorium and chaired by the Area Head, Apostle Isaac Tetteh Judah, had in attendance ministers and wives, officers, members and officials from the Universal Plastic Products Recycling (UPPR) Limited, a subsidiary of the Jospong Group of Companies.
In his opening address, Apostle Tetteh Judah said the Environmental Care Campaign is one of many initiatives birthed under the five-year strategic vision of the Chuch, dubbed “Vision 2023” (Possessing the Nations).
He explained that The Church of Pentecost, through Vision 2023, is seeking to make her impact felt beyond the walls of the Church building.
“The Church is not an end to itself but a means to an end. God’s plan is to use the Church as a means to reach the nations. Christians are discipled and sent back to win souls. The Church is, therefore, supposed to be light and salt to the world, and one way we can impact the community is the Environmental Care Campaign,” he said.
Reading from Acts 17:26, he said that God in His wisdom marked out the boundaries of every land for all people of the world.
“From the whole earth, God chose us to inhabit this nation Ghana, so we must be proud of our nation,” he said.
He said that the Environmental Care Campaign, which was initiated five years ago, is aimed at creating awareness and educating the citizenry on environmental pollution in order to protect and preserve the land which the Lord has entrusted to them as Ghanaians.
He explained that this year’s campaign would mainly focus on plastic waste management and environmental cleanliness.
“God has given us the environment and we have a task to protect it. So if we don’t do something about plastics engulfing us today, generations who will come after us will blame us,” he cautioned.
The Odorkor Area Head also charged Ghanaians, particularly members of The Church of Pentecost, to contribute their quota to national development, especially in protecting and preserving environment.
“We have a duty as citizens and Christians to protect the nation. We need to rise up against environmental pollution. Environmental Care Campaign should not just be a nine-day wonder; we should live it,” he urged.
Hon. Doreen Edem Mensah, the Head of Human Capital at UPPR and a Deaconess of the Church, said that her outfit has chosen to partner the Church because this year’s Campaign is in line with their operations.
“The previous year the focus of the campaign was on forestry, that was why we planted more trees. However, this year, the Universal Plastic Products Recycling (UPPR) has chosen to come on board because the Campaign is focusing on Plastic waste management,” she said.
The Head of Business Development at UPPR, Mr. Ismael Nii Sowah, also educated the gathering on the various plastic waste management processes.
He said that, as part of their work, the UPPR buys back plastic waste from individuals for recycling purposes thereby providing indirect employment for many people across the nation.
He said that the UPPR directly employs over 100 people who see to the recycling of the plastic waste into reusable products.
Despite the many benefits of plastics recycling, Mr. Sowah said that the most sustainable way of dealing with plastics and keeping the environment clean is to reduce its use.
Mr. Edwin Napie, the Head of Procurement at UPPR, also explained to the participants UPPR’s terms and conditions for the sale and collection of plastics.
Among those present at the launch ceremony were Pastor John Tetteh Wayoe (Area Secretary) and Pastor Ebenezer Doku (Odorkor Area Environmental Care Campaign Coordinator).