Sunday, November 20, 2022

The University fraternity and its partners gathered and planted 11,000 tree seedlings on Wednesday, November 16, 2022. This is in line with the president’s directive for all citizens and organizations to help the government achieve its aim of planting 5 billion trees as part of its climate mitigation agenda.

Qwetu student residences, Platinum Credit Limited, Heard of Green, Kenya Forest Service (KFS), Kenya forest research institute(KEFRI) and the National Environmental Management Authority of Kenya (NEMA) are among the partners that were donated the seedlings and were present on the day. 

The Dean Faculty of Agriculture, Prof Moses Nyangito was delighted to welcome the guests at the Faculty and at Upper Kabete campus and noted that the university was determined to make our country greener, stating that in the university’s agenda planting trees also in the communities neighboring the institution is part of the university’s communal mandate. He thanked all the partners and donors who had donated the trees.

The Dean of Students, Mr. Johnson Kinyua, in his sentiments stated that the contemporary issues of climate change facing planet Earth would be looked at from both a positive and negative side, he further went on to state that the University decided to look into the issue positively by looking into what it would do for the greater good of the environment and save humanity from adverse climate changes

 “As individuals, we must take care of the environment. As an institution we have taken up the challenge to take care of the environment by partnering with different organizations to plant more trees, “planting trees gives us hope for a better tomorrow” remarked Prof. Kerubo who was the Vice-chancellor’s representative during the activity’s opening ceremony.

On his part, the chairman, of Hearts of green, Mr. Moses Muya expressed his gratitude for all those who took their time to grace the event and take part in planting the trees. “We believe all the trees planted today will grow and as hearts of green we have laid out the necessary measures to ensure the trees grow, some of these measures include the provision of two casual laborers to take care of the trees”

The Chief Conservator of Forests, Kenya Forest Service, Mr. Julius Kamau informed the activity’s participants of the continued measures the Kenya forest service was undertaking to increase tree cover and forest cover in the country by vision 2030, noting that most of these measures had already started to bear fruits. The chief conservator urged more corporations and organizations to join the Kenya forest service in planting more trees and commended those who had already heeded to this call.

Primary Schools neighboring the Upper Kabete campus also took part in the activity.