Green spaces in cities increase property values and reduce crime and, according to the World Health Oganisation, enhance overall well-being.
With this bold initiative, the communities are optimistic that Saba Saba River will continue serving this region as it has for eons and therefore safeguard their livelihoods.
As the daughter of Nobel Peace Laureate Wangari Maathai and Board member of the Green Belt Movement, she is carrying forward her mother’s work and is striving to preserve and honor her legacy.
Maathai was steadfast in her determination to fight for the twin issues of conservation and human rights — and planting trees was a symbol of defiance.
She was beaten and impoverished, mocked and harassed, but also lived to see millions of trees planted, revitalizing villages and through those villages, a nation.
Kenyan ecologist Wangari Maathai was the founder of the Green Belt Movement, and the first African woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize.
This year, Professor Maathai’s relentless environmental conservation work was immortalized with the naming of a landmark international conference hall in her honor at the August 7th Memorial Park.
Last year, we planted 130,000 indigenous tree seedlings in this location and achieved over 80% survival rate.
Seeking to curb the wanton destruction, the Green Belt Movement has been advocating for its protection as well as mitigating its obliteration by conducting tree planting exercises and community empowerment seminars on the need to protect this ecosystem.
With a sense of near-reverence, Muñoz invokes Maathai to inspire action in a world that badly needs our care.