HAPPY EARTH DAY 2013, BUT NOT IN GHANA OH!

Posted on April 22, 2013

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The subtitle for this post is “SUNDAY’S SACRIFICES” Why? Well, Four Villages Inn is located on the road that leads to Sokoban Wood Village where Ashanti’s mammoth logs at sawed for local use and for export. Mostly, the big timber lorries pass by on Sundays when there would be less monitoring on the roads…

Now back to the post…

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This is the Adinkra symbol for Mother Earth. ASASE YE DURU
“the Earth has weight” is the symbol of providence and the divinity of Mother Earth. I took this picture a couple of day’s ago at Ntonso, the Adinkra village knowing Earth Day was coming up. That was going to be the post…until….

From Ntonso, Four Villages Inn tours went off to Bobiri Forest Reserve and Butterfly Sanctuary, a magical spot celebrated previously on this blog. The site’s brochure reads, “The Reserve is the largest preserved parcel of land administered by the Forestry Research Institute of Ghana. It harbours giant ancient tree species such as milicia and entandrophragma species”

“Harbours”….”Preserved”…..ha!

Now on this particular Sunday, the silence was broken by the sound of a grating engine and low and behold look what came out of the forest! ….Must get a picture of this, thought I…

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But at least it was empty….then, oh no, another truck appeared out of the forest. Again, I quickly darted behind a tree and got a couple of pictures with my trusty iPad…one a close up and a second to locate the scene at Bobiri Forest Reserve and Butterfly Sanctuary for those who know the place.

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The Four Villages Inn guests saw the truck and logs and asked their guide what was happening and he explained that each company was allocated a number of trees marked with numbers and they were permitted to cut those down. Back at the reception area/guesthouse, I was explained that on the other side of the reserve was a cutting area and they just use the road that passes through the reserve to get the logs out.

Well, I wonder, because in all the years going there, I have never seen this before! And it should be stopped-legal or illegal-because it destroys the majesty of this magical place “with its lush greenery and mystifying atmosphere.”

I started this post with an adinkra symbol. Just copied this…”Adinkra can be literally translated to “good-bye”, or “farewell” in Asante Twi, a language spoken in Ghana by approximately 15 million people. At one time, Adinkra cloth and symbols were only worn and displayed during funerals. The symbols signified their sorrow and acted as a way to bid farewell to the deceased.”

WHAT WE ARE REALLY SAYING GOOD BYE TO IS OUR FORESTS. IT IS REPORTED THAT GHANA TO DATE HAS LOST OVER 70% OF ITS FOREST COVER, SO NOW THEY HAVE TO GO TO PROTECTED AREAS.

AND IT WILL NOT BE STOPPED.

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