Celebrating the 30th anniversary of the International Reggae Day, Environmentalist group, Eco-Conscious Citizens embarked on a tree-planting exercise with the Black Music Congress. The laudable event was held on Monday 1st July, 2024 at the KB Memorial Park located at Nmai Dzorm in the Adenta Municipality of the Greater Accra region. International Reggae Day, celebrated annually on July 1, was institute by Jamaica Arts Holdings to celebrate the unique sound, culture, and global influence of reggae music. The 30th anniversary of the unique day was marked under the theme ‘Celebrating 30 years of riddims and resistance’. Here in Ghana, the tree-planting exercise to mark the day was graced by Jamaican Consul, the chief executive of the Adentan Municipality, and representatives of the South African High Commission and the Nmai Dzorn traditional family. Speaking at the event, Founder and Coordinator of Eco-Conscious Citizens, Awula Serwah emphasized the need to pay keen attention to protecting the environment, highlighting the immense contribution of reggae music to social change.
She urged all citizens to contribute their quota towards tackling the growing threats to the environment and safety of all Ghanaians. Also at the event, Eco-Conscious Citizens replicated the launch of a plastic bottle recycle bank aimed at raising awareness of Plastic Free July, which is a global movement that encourages individuals to reduce their single-use plastic consumption for the month of July. Awula Serwah in her remarks at the event also reiterated calls for the ban of single-use plastics which poses a threat to the environment.
Eco-Conscious Citizens is therefore making a clarion call on businesses to give their customers the choice of buying non-plastic reusable bags, instead of the free, throw-away single-use plastic bags.