NAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 5 – The Capital Group in partnership with the Kenya Forestry Service will on Saturday kick off the Green Generation Campaign with the first exercise at Karura Forest.
Kenya Forestry and Wildlife Minister Noah Wekesa will lead in the tree planting exercise for the campaign, whose aim is to plant 10 million trees by 2010.
Capital FM’s Senior Presenter Eve De Souza said, “Planting of trees will be at Karura Forest along Kiambu Road opposite Shark Palace and the exercise will take about one hour.”
She told Capital News that after planting trees, Mr Wekesa would lead those participating in a nature hike through the Mau Mau caves and waterfalls in Karura.
“It will be like a scene from the classic movie ‘Queen of Sheba’ which was actually shot there many years ago.”
Kenya’s food, water and power shortages have all been blamed on the destruction of the country’s water catchment areas such as forests, rivers and wetlands.
Karura forest is one of the areas that renowned Environmentalist Prof Wangari Maathai has called severally for its conservation.
The Mau complex is drawing a lot of controversy due to political interferences, with some politicians taking hard stands on the eviction of people living there.
Capital FM’s campaign comes at a time when the country is in dire need of environmental education, awareness and conservation efforts.
Ms De Souza said that for its second activity, the Green Generation Campaign would embark on a bolder, more provocative initiative on September 12 – the clean up of Mount Longonot.
She said the Capital FM crew would lead the climb at Mt Longonot to create awareness on the importance of preserving the environment.
In its third phase, the campaign will head down to the Coast to clean up the beaches on September 19, and the exercise will be lead by Environment Minister John Michuki.
“Join us at the Jomo Kenyatta public beach at the North Coast and Tiwi Beach in Diani, plus Silversand or the Malindi Marine Park. The clean up starts at 8am!” said Ms De Souza.
According to a report released by Marine researchers last year, Kenya was ranked as the second most polluted coastal waters in Africa.
The report showed that the debris found included over 2000 condoms, over 1000 gun shells, numerous plastic and glass bottles, plastic items, clothes, shoes, toys etc.
Due to such pollution thousands of marine mammals, sea turtles, sea birds and other animals are sickened, injured or killed by trash in the ocean.
Ms De Souza said the event would mark the significance of keeping Kenya’s waters clean.