Trees behave as natural air conditioners and are an important pillar of our ever-changing ecosystems. The international day of forests is here and we are keen to evaluate the need to plant trees and also protect our forests, alongside many organizations and leaders to preach the same but futurists say that the time has lapsed to plant trees.
The sustainable development goals, our guide for the next few years, has moved for us to undertake projects to actualize sustainable cities and communities in conjunction with climate action.
In our nation, Kenya, the number of trees on privately owned land surpasses that of the number of trees in our forests. Kenya is the most hard hit by climate change as it has the least forest cover of its East African counterparts.
The campaign on tree planting seems not to be addressing the multiple needs citizens are having. It is time for us to approach tree planting with diversity and the every-day Kenyan in mind. It’s time to plant trees. Growing fruit trees in our institutions, schools, gardens, parking lots and even our parks. As opposed to the planting of timber fetching trees such as the cypress, mahogany and the camphor trees, we should move to avocado, mango, coconut, pawpaw, fig and banana trees. Certain nations such as Israel and the UAE plant genetically modified forest fruit trees with a goal of maturation which then zeros in to fruit production scaling to about 6 feet before its first flower shoots.
Growing fruit trees will persuade more farmers to plant trees. It will provide even more Kenyans with a source of food and livelihood while addressing the nutritional needs faced by children.
Moreover, residents and even NGOs can take on permaculture solution problems in the fight against desertification. It involves a situation in which ecosystems can be revived to their former glory such as those of Turkana, Marsabit, Chalbi and many more areas that are seasonally affected by drought and other effects of climate change. Stepping into the bold future in vermiculture and permaculture in these areas alongside mass planting of fruit trees will be a good investment waiting to bear fruit for generations to come. We must do away with even the eucalyptus seedling due to its expedient water necessities which do not meet our supply capabilities as a nation which is already struggling with water security and distribution. Appropriate steps should be made in trying to plant more fruit trees this international day of forests and make a step into making our ecosystem more hospitable for animals and man alike.
Let’s all grow trees for a more sustainable future.