Bomet Governor Prof Hillary Barchok has urged Kenyans to embrace President William Ruto’s call to plant 15 billion as part of the government’s efforts to combat the effects of climate change.
Speaking during Kenya Red Cross Bomet Humanity power walk at St Mary’s Mixed Day Primary and Boarding, Barchok noted the move will not only increase the country’s forest cover but also the alleviating human sufferings such as drought.
“We should not leave the tree planting process entirely to the government alone but we need to supplement the government by planting trees in our farms,” said Barchok.
“In order to achieve the forest cover, there is need to exercise tree planting exercise all the time so as to avoid experiencing issues that comes with not planting trees like drought and it would change the lives of the people,” he added
He revealed that his administration will soon start planting trees in public schools and forests in a bid to conserve the environment.
“We will start trees nurseries and supply seedlings to schools and engage students on conservation matters,” said Barchok, who is also the Kenya Red Cross Bomet patron.
The Governor pledged to support Kenya Red Cross to build regional offices for South Rift region.
“The offices will enable them to respond rapidly to challenges that might occur in these regions and we need to accord them support to achieve their dreams, ” he said.
He called on the teachers and parents to encourage students to join clubs activities and societies so that build them resilient on individual in terms of having compassionate hearts towards other people.
“Teachers should ensure that the students are impacted with the necessary skills on how tackle climatic change and taught them on the repercussions that will befall them if they are not taking the practices seriously when they have grown up and completed their studies, ” said Barchok
Story by Stanley Mbugua