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Fight pollution, bishops urge.

ACCRA, GHANA * Ghana's Catholic bishops called on Ghanaians to fight the indiscriminate destruction of the environment and supported a hands-on project to fight pollution.

"We regret to note once again the persistent pollution of our water bodies, the littering of plastic waste everywhere, the careless felling of trees in our forests and savannah area and the rampant illegal mining (galamsey) operations in our towns and villages," the bishops said in a statement Nov. 13, at the end of their general meeting in Bolgatanga.

They praised the idea of a National Sanitation Day on the first Saturday of every month and urged all Ghanaians to actively participate in it, calling it a "Christian duty and a civic responsibility. We urge all Ghanaians to acquire the habit, not only to clean up our surroundings but most importantly, let us all learn how not to make our environment dirty in the first place."

They said all laity are charged with the protection of the environment and should know that the environment is God's handiwork.

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Title Annotation:WORLD BRIEFS; Ghana
Publication:National Catholic Reporter
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:6GHAN
Date:Dec 4, 2015
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