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World Environment Day Celebrations with Hon. Martha Karura

June 5, 2012 - 10:10PM
Published by Samantha Wilde


In celebration of World Environment Day, the Green Belt Movement (GBM) and friends headed to the Wangari Maathai Institute for Peace and Environmental Studies (WMI) for a tree planting event. Honoring this year’s theme of ‘green economy’, GBM’s Deputy Executive Director, Edward Wageni, highlighted the contributions GBM is making to the green economy through our tree planting efforts, environmental conservation and livelihood improvements

GBM's Duncan Okoth plants a with a student from Nairobi Academy.

The guest of honor at the event was the Hon. Martha Karua who spoke on behalf of her fellow Kenyan Women Parliamentarians (KEWOPA) in memory of Professor Wangari Maathai. In a call for action, she urged all 40 million Kenyans to plant 10 trees every year. This collective action will help Kenya reach its Vision 2030 goal of 10% tree cover. In Professor Maathai’s words, “It's the little things citizens do. That's what will make the difference. My little thing is planting trees.” Play your part in conserving our environment and make sure to map your planted trees on our interactive map.

The event closed with the planting of over 200 trees along the riverbanks of WMI by Loreto Limuru Girls High School, Nairobi Academy, Mutamaiyu Women Group, GBM, WMI and Hon. Martha Karura.

Happy World Environment Day! Plant a tree today and be a hummingbird.

For more photos of the event, visit our facebook page.