5th June 2017 #WED2017
This day being a World Environment day, HASPEG was able to organize for a tree planting event in schools.
The Kenya constitution 2010 gives a lot of emphasis on environmental conservation and sustainable development. Article 42 of the constitution emphasizes on the need for environmental conservation, stating;
• Preamble which states that “We, the people of Kenya –Respectful of the environment, which is our heritage, and determined to sustain it for the benefit of future generations.”
Agroforestry and commercial tree farming, combined with protecting government-controlled forests could help the country reach its target 10 percent tree cover as compared to 6.2 percent of Kenya’s total land is currently covered with forests which has grossly undervalued its forests’ contribution to the country's GDP, putting it at 1.1% rather than the more accurate 3.6%. Professor Wangari Maathai founded Green Belt Movement (GBM) in 1977 and had planted over 51 million trees in Kenya. The movement works at the grassroots, national and international levels to promote environmental conservation, to build climate resilience and empower communities.
HASPEG was able to donate and plant 100 trees at Kivandini Secondary School. Programme Coordinator, James Munyasya, noted that, ” Planting trees is one of the easiest and most sustainable ways to positively affect the environment… according to the environmental protection agencies, planting trees is a must if we want to save our planet”.
The expected outcomes of the Tree Planting event is;
1. Ensure the 10% forest cover is reached according to the Kenyan constitution
2. Combat the climate changes
3. Protect animals on land by providing shelter and food for them
4. Improving outdoor recreational activities for the school children and act as shade.
Let’s preserve our environment in a sustainable manner as we aim to promote SDG 13 and 15.