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Wangari Maathai Day 2021

March 3, 2021 - 04:15PM
Published by Communications

About the Wangari Maathai Day

In January 2012, paying tribute to the late Nobel Laureate’s legacy, the African Union adopted a decision calling for the joint celebrations of the African Environment Day and Wangari Maathai Day on 3rd March.

The occasion symbolizes a challenge and hope for Africa aiming to raise awareness on sustainable environmental management among all stakeholders at national, regional, and continental levels. It also draws attention to the increasing environmental problems faced by the continent and encourages the development of appropriate policies at national and regional levels and enhances environmental sustainability.

The Event

This year’s theme was Reimagining the Future: Clean and Green Cities for All. Build Back Better!

We drew attention to the urgent need for green, safe, clean, resilient, accessible, culturally relevant, and sustainable cities that meet the needs of all urban residents as encapsulated in SDG 11. In our view, Michuki Park is an ideal venue for our celebrations, as it is a model park that demonstrates the viability of creating socially just, climate-smart recreational spaces open to all Nairobi residents.

In addition to the recognition of environmental champions from Kenya Defence Forces and Kenya Forestry Service, other key observances included a cleanup of the riparian area along Nairobi River, a guided tour of the park and exhibitions, and a ceremonial tree planting event.  

Photos of the event can be viewed here.

Speeches and remarks:

Cabinet Secretary Ministry of Environment Keriako Tobiko

Wangari Maathai family representative

GBM Board Chair Jane Gitau

GBM Executive Director Nyaguthii Chege