ACCRA, Ghana’s Minister of Environment, Science and Technology Innovation, Professor Kwabena Frimpong-Boateng, stressing that everyone is guilty of abuse of the environment, has urged Ghanaians to be safety conscious and change their attitudes for a safe environment for the well-being of all.

The survival of human kind is at much risk against a background of careless people’s attitudes toward the environment over the years, he said during a meeting with staff of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) at its headquarters here Monay.

“If you look at what is happening to the environment, it is something like a self-inflicted injury,” he added. “We have to change our attitudes; there must be a change like President Akufo-Addo said, we should not be spectators but be active participants.

“We know that some of the rivers are dead; Offin, Ankobra, Pra Oda, there is no fish in them, in most part of the rivers. And when you find animals and fish dying from our empty forests and dead rivers, it is only a question of time that it will reach the human beings.”

All the surface and ground water were also drying up, thus affecting the survival of the citizens in the surrounding communities, the Minister pointed out.

Prof Frimpong-Boateng said the negative attitudes of people, for instance, through mining, illegal logging, deforestation, erection of unauthorised masts, had led to many of the challenges facing the country today.

He said the issue of gas and gas stations and how gas cylinders were used and kept at home were bigger issues of concern, but more education would need to be carried out among the citizenry on the proper use and handling of such products to avoid disaster at homes and within the communities.