Thika Red Cross spearheads tree planting exercise.

Thika Red Cross branch members  planting a tree during the planting exercise at the Queen of Rosary Primary School Thika where they planted close to 100 trees.
Thika Red Cross branch members on Wednesday launched their tree planting exercise at the Queen of Rosary Primary School Thika where they planted close to 100 trees.
The exercise, which was led by branch coordinator, Martin Githua Kagunda is part of a bigger campaign launched by the state through the Ministry of Environmemt to increase forest cover to 10% by the year 2022.
According to the 2015 National Forest Policy, the current forest cover in Kenya is 6.99 per cent which is below the constitutional requirement of 10 per cent.
“As youth we are encouraged to go out and plant as many trees as possible this year as we seek to reverse environmental degradation by doubling forest cover,we have joined hands with local schools, community based organisations and individuals among others to ensure a sustained adoption of a tree planting and nurturing culture.” Martin said.
Speaking at the event, the Deputy Head Teacher Ms Leah Waceke said the school will take care of the trees planted by watering them even after the rains have stopped and encourage the pupils to be environment ambassadors and take up the initiative beyond the four walls of institution as they play their role in the national tree planting campaign.

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