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Celebrating 50 years of Earth Day

April 23, 2020 - 08:45AM
Published by Communications

Climate change still represents the biggest challenge to the future of humanity and the life-support systems that make our world habitable.

The theme for #EarthDay2020 is climate action. The enormous challenge — but also the vast opportunities — of action on climate change have distinguished the issue as the most pressing topic for the 50th anniversary.

While COVID-19 may force us to keep our distance, it will not force us to keep our voices and actions to heal Mother Earth down. In line with this, we held a joint tree planting session with Kenya Forest Service at the Wangari Maathai Corner in Karura Forest to mark this auspicious day.

The brief event, led by GBM Chair Marion Kamau and the Chief Conservator of Forests (CCF) Julius Kamau, saw the planting of 50 indigenous trees, symbolic to the 50th anniversary of Earth Day.

Speaking at the event, the GBM Chair urged the participants to further the message of tree planting to replenish the earth and heal her wounds, and in Professor Maathai's words, our own.

The CCF took note of the fact that the tree planting exercise is a welcome relief at a time when the world needs to heal from the ongoing corona pandemic.

The planting activity was planned to strictly adhere to guidelines against the spread of COVID 19 as outlined by the National Emergency Response Committee on Corona pandemic.

Across the country, our community tree planting groups also took part in various activities to mark #EarthDay2020 as a bold action against climate change.

No matter where you are, you can make a difference. And you’re not alone, because together, we can save the Earth.