First Lady Rachel Ruto Adopts Part of Kakamega Forest

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First Lady of the Republic of Rachel Ruto has adopted 200 hectares of Kakamega Forest for restoration under the Adopt A Forest Initiative.

In a tree planting and growing initiative held on Thursday at the Bonita site of Kakamega Forest block, Western Kenya, 1,000 trees were grown to initiate the journey to grow 15 billion trees by 2032, as directed by President William Ruto.

"The world isn't an inheritance from our forebearers 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.

The First Lady emphasized the importance of educating young children about the importance of tree planting and environmental conservation for future generations.

She stated that as part of her environmental conservation and climate change initiative, she will work with KEFRI and the Ministry of Education to develop an essay and arts competition for schools to instill conservation consciousness in young children at a young age.

The First Lady pledged to collaborate with first ladies from across the country on environmental conservation and tree planting to address the challenges posed by climate change, particularly the current drought, which she described as the worst in 40 years.

She rallied Kenyans to heed President William Ruto's call to every Kenyan to grow 300 trees in the next ten years, equivalent to 15 billion trees by 2032. Adding that "The best time to plant trees was 20 years ago; the next best time to plant trees is now".

The First Lady urged Kenyans of goodwill, corporations, state and non-state actors, and communities to unite to support the noble cause of environmental conservation.

She called on women to embrace clean cooking methods to reduce overreliance on biomass and put up nurseries for economic empowerment.

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