GROOTS Kenya champions from Kiambu, Kakamega, Laikipia and Mathare celebrated this year’s World Environment Day with a series of activities designed to promote a cleaner, safer environment for their communities.

A champion from Liakipia County plants a tree with an officer from the British Army Training Unit based in Nanyuki

Starting them off on Wednesday, 31st May 2017, Laikipia County champions in partnership with the County Government of Laikipia, NEMA, NAWASCO and Likii Primary school carried out a clean-up exercise in Likii informal settlements.

This was followed by a tree planting exercise in Idaho central ward, Ikolomani Sub County in Kakamega County on Saturday, 3rd June 2017  where the champions planted 1100 trees to rehabilitate gold mining sites that have been closed down.  This was also done in partnership with the county government and NEMA. Some miners were also given 100 trees to plant in their homes. Those farmers with open mines committed themselves to covering and rehabilitating them.

On the actual World Environment Day which took place on Monday, 5th June 2017, champions from Mathare, Kiambu, and Nyahururu were engaged in clean up exercises in Mathare Thayu, Kikuyu town and Nyahururu town respectively. Kakamega County celebrated the day by having a procession from Malinya to the Ikolomani Sub County headquarters. The procession was to sensitize the communities on ways to interact and preserve the environment in line with this year’s theme “Connect with Nature”.

In Nanyuki, the champions joined the British Army Training Unit based in the town for a tree planting exercise at Nanyuki High School with NEMA, Kenya Airforce, and the Kenya Red Cross among other partners. They planted 550 trees and 1000 saplings.

GROOTS Kenya under its Community Resilience to Disaster and Climate Change program has trained communities on resilient practices in all the 14 counties where we work and in addition to that, GROOTS Kenya has worked with the Laikipia, Marsabit and Isiolo County Governments in a project that sought to influence policies and have the county mainstream climate change in their county implementation development plans.

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