“May the appreciation and experience of Nature be their early joy.”
This was the feeling communicated and expressed at the launch of the book entitled ‘Thick, Tall Trees’— a collaborative effort between A Rocha Ghana and Gracie Grace Reads.
The launch which came off on World Environment Day at Carbon AV in Dzorwulu, saw the author of the book, Grace Dorcas Annan give her speech on the importance of inculcating the reading culture amongst children and also how she hoped the book will instil an appreciation of our environment in children at an early age.
A representative from A Rocha Ghana Stephanie Nkansah also gave a speech to those in attendance on the importance of securing the environmental rights of future generations.
‘Thick, Tall Trees’ is the second in the Gracie Grace Reads series and it is dedicated to the magnificent Atewa Forest Reserve.
With colourful illustrations by Emmanuella Odor, the book takes children through an experience of the wonderful and priceless services of forests to a younger audience.
Book Reading Sessions
Prior to the launch, A Rocha Ghana together with the author, embarked on reading sessions to some selected schools. Anhwenease Presbyterian Primary in Kyebi and in Accra with Prince of Peace Presbyterian and Floribelle International School.
Around 30 young students from each school were engaged taking them through page by page on the importance of forests and the issues they face through the dialogues from the characters. Each session ended with students being advised on how to appreciate and take care nature.
The first batch of 1750 copies will be donated to selected schools across the country.
We take the opportunity to acknowledge the support of Leventis Foundation and Noe as well as the Green Livelihood Alliance for making this publication possible. A special thanks to Blue Skies Beverage Company for sponsoring the refreshments during the reading sessions in the schools.
World Environment Day
There was no better way and day to launch this special book than on World Environment Day (WED). WED is marked annually on June 5 to celebrate and appreciate the richness of the earth’s environment alongside raising public awareness and action towards the threats these valuable resources face. It also gives the platform for promoting progressive green solutions towards the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
This year’s theme for World Environment Day 2021 saw the launch of the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration with the hashtag #GenerationRestoration’’ that seeks to restore landscapes all over the world from now till 2030. It also notes that we are the generation that can help restore and make peace with nature.