Wednesday, September 30, 2020
President of the Ruiru Rotary club Mr Mburu Machua speaks to the press at the Aberdare National Park headquarters in Mweiga town, Nyeri County during the launch of a tree planting campaign in the area

President of the Ruiru Rotary club Mr Mburu Machua speaks to the press at the Aberdare National Park headquarters in Mweiga town, Nyeri County during the launch of a tree planting campaign in the area

Ruiru Rotary club will partner with the government and other stakeholders to establish nurseries in schools to help raise seedlings much needed by the government to achieve the country’s 10% forest cover.

The Club President and District Environment Committee chair Mburu Machua has appealed to corporate organizations and Kenyans to plant more tree seedlings to help the country meet the ten per cent forest cover.

Machua was speaking at the Aberdare National Park in Mweiga town in Nyeri County Saturday, during the launch of a tree planting campaign in the region.

He added that the club is promoting the use of alternative cheap, safe, renewable and green energy as a measure to ensure a clean environment that does not pose health risks to the people, adding that this will also help to protect and conserve our forests.

“As a country we are currently at a meagre six per cent and we need to do two billion seedlings and this is not a walk in the park,” he said.

President of Ruiru Rotary club Mr. Mburu Machua waters a tree seedling at Aberdare National Park headquarters at Mweiga town, Nyeri County during the launch of a tree planting campaign in the region

President of Ruiru Rotary club Mr. Mburu Machua waters a tree seedling at Aberdare National Park headquarters at Mweiga town, Nyeri County during the launch of a tree planting campaign in the region

The chairman noted that the World Health Organization (WHO) has said that the number one killer in urban areas is respiratory related diseases and the only solution to the menace is by planting more trees.

Machua said the club is also promoting the cleanup of rivers noting that they are in a mess.

“We are relying on these rivers to get water for drinking and irrigation and for our animals,” he added.

He urged towns like Nyeri to promote recycling for the sake of human health and clean air.

“Environment is the cornerstone of President Uhuru Kenyatta’s Big Four agenda,” Machua said, adding that achieving food security and nutrition, good health, manufacturing and housing were not possible without a clean environment.

Machua revealed the rotary club had planted 20,000 tree seedlings since the inception of the programme in Nairobi, Nakuru, Embu, Kajiado and kiambu and would be launching the programme in the remaining counties by the end of the year.

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