In a bold and environmentally conscious move, the Nakuru County government has set its sights on planting a staggering 10 million trees by the year 2025. This ambitious initiative spans various locations within the county, including schools, highways, and city streets. Working in close collaboration with the esteemed Global Climate Change Group and with the active participation of the Boda Boda riders, the county is committed to taking substantial action in conserving the environment for future generations.
The driving force behind this noble endeavor is none other than the City Planner himself, Macharia Thang’wa. During one of his notable tree-planting events in 2023, Thang’wa expressed his unwavering commitment to steering the movement across the entire county, transforming Nakuru into a green and eco-friendly paradise. The event witnessed the active involvement of esteemed institutions like Mama Ngina, Koinange Primary Schools, and Kenyatta Secondary School, where an impressive 650 assorted seedlings were planted.
Nakuru City is fortunate to possess schools with vast compounds, offering an ideal opportunity to accelerate tree-planting efforts. Thang’wa highlighted that if each school were to take on the responsibility of planting a minimum of 100 trees along their perimeters, the ambitious 10 million trees
He also emphasized the significance of expanding the tree planting initiative beyond the streets of Nakuru city. While the jacaranda trees planted by settlers along Nakuru’s city streets have served their purpose admirably, the outskirts, such as Mwariki and Pipeline, still remain relatively bare. To counteract this, the City planner encourages property owners and homeowners to embrace the cause by planting at least ten to twenty trees around their premises, enhancing the overall green cover and fostering a more sustainable environment.
Trees planted along roads play a vital role in safeguarding residents, as they act as a natural barrier against harmful carbon emissions from vehicles, filtering out pollutants before they reach populated areas.
A Vision in Progress
With the firm commitment of the Nakuru County government, the dedicated efforts of its citizens, and the invaluable support of esteemed organizations like the Global Climate Change Group, the ambitious goal of planting 10 million trees by 2025 is well within reach. By uniting communities, schools, and individuals under the banner of environmental conservation, Nakuru County stands as a shining example of how collective action and a shared vision can transform a region into a greener, more sustainable haven for generations to come.
The Nakuru County government firmly believes that tree planting is not merely a task but a collective responsibility. As the county grapples with the challenges posed by climate change and the increasing need for environmental sustainability, every citizen must play an active role in this movement. By fostering a culture of environmental consciousness and action, Nakuru County aims to set an exemplary standard for other regions to follow in the fight against deforestation and ecological degradation. Together, we can sow the seeds of change and watch as Nakuru flourishes into an environmentally vibrant landscape, serving as a testament to the power of unity and the spirit of safeguarding Mother Earth.
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