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Plant more trees, make Kenya a green country, Rachel Ruto tells Kenyans

By Winnie Onyando November 17th, 2022 2 min read

The First Lady Rachel Ruto has urged Kenyans to plant more trees and make Kenya a green country. Speaking on Thursday in Kakamega during the celebration of Kakamega Forest, Mama Rachel said the best time to plant trees is now.

“The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now,” the First Lady quoted a Chinese proverb.

“The world isn’t an inheritance from our forbearers but a gift we pass to our children. Let us wrap it in the green of trees and the serenity of nature as we aim to plant 10 billion trees by 2032,” she said.

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She also noted that the adoption and tree-planting exercise aims at restoring the crucial water catchment systems in the country and the only tropical rain-forest.

“I have taken up the call on the week of my birthday to join in after His Excellency President William pronounced himself on the issue of tree planting and set a target of 5 billion trees in the next 5 years, and 10 billion trees by 2032,” the First Lady said.

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This comes just a day after the First Lady said that reading books like Musala and the Forest by Ruth Orlale will help parents pass the importance of conserving the forest to their children.

“The book highlights the importance of environmental conservation, paying particular interest on trees, their value to the environment and the need for afforestation. In such books, products of trees, we teach the importance of trees to the youngsters. And, a child who appreciates trees grows into an adult who cherishes the environment,” she wrote on her Instagram account.

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