GLFx Nairobi:The International Day for Biological Diversity Day 2021
Tree planting events at Uhuru Gardens Primary School and Lang’ata West primary School, Nairobi
By Kiptoo Chemoiywo
The International Day for Biological Diversity is usually celebrated on the 22nd of May. This year’s theme was ‘We’re Part of the Solution’. To support the year’s theme and the commemoration of the day, GLFx Nairobi Chapter in collaboration with other youthful organizations: Stand Up Shout Out, Taifa Teule Leadership Network, The Millenial Environmentalists and The Miti Alliance organized a tree planting activity in two primary schools; Uhuru Gardens Primary School and Lang’ata West primary School.
More than a hundred vibrant youth and children turned up for the event ready to make their hands dirty just to ensure they become part of the solution to climate change and restoring the degraded environment. GLFx Nairobi Chapter organized a tree curriculum session which was aimed at showing the young children in attendance how to plant seedlings and telling them the importance of the same. The audience was taken through this session by Gerance Mutwol.
Figure 1: The Tree Curriculum Session
More than 250 indigenous seedlings were planted on that day. These included Markhamia lutea, Croton megalocarpus, Warburgia ugadensis, African tuliptree among others. The indigenous trees were preferred due to their resilience when planted as they do not require too much water uptake for them to survive. When fully grown, their carbon sequestration is also much higher compared to the exotic trees and most indigenous trees have a lot of medicinal values.
Figure 2: The tree planting session
From the tree planting activity, it was evident that most young people are ready to take actions in offering solutions especially when it comes to restoration activities. In an urban city like Nairobi, loads of environmental degradation have taken place hence exacerbating climate change and other catastrophes like floods when it rains, and it is only when we come together to do such restoration programs that we restore back strongly.
Figure 3: Happiness posture by the attendees