Let Us Embrace Culture For Growing Trees

Let Us Embrace Culture For Growing Trees

Let Us Embrace Culture For Growing Trees. Just planting trees, will not offer any help in our fight against climate change. We need to help the tree grow and make it to a point where it can survive on its own.

Planting versus Growing of trees

Planting trees are easy but growing them, needs more work and commitment. Hence yielding the desired results.

It doesn’t help if we manage to plant huge numbers of trees, only for them to die after a few days. We would rather just plant a few and ensure they grow to maturity.

To effectively improve our forest cover, we need to do more of growing trees than planting.

What does growing trees entails?

Growing trees ensures that the tree reaches maturity.

For a tree to survive until maturity, we have to take care of the following factors:

Plant the right trees in the places we choose we have trees

Choosing the right tree species is vital for a successful tree growing.

You should make an effort to understand the native trees to that area. And also invest in indigenous tree species. As they have higher chances of surviving the weather and other environmental conditions of that place.


Information is available all over the forest organizations’ website or any other place online. Do a little digging of the right information to avoid growing wrong tree species in the wrong places.

Going for the fast growing trees

Due to the current harsh environmental conditions, it will be best if considered planting fast-growing trees.


Not only will they grow faster, but also survive to maturity.


The aim is to have as many trees as possible grow. Hence improve on our forest cover.

Ensuring that the planted trees are watered regularly if the area has inadequate rains

Water is life.

Water is very important for a growing tree. And it may be scarce in some areas. So in such areas, you will need to supply this vital commodity to it.

Fencing around them

New tiny seedlings may easily be consumed by animals or stepped on by humans.


To offer them protection from such incidences, you will need to have some kind of protective wall. It may be a net or few planks of wood. Strong enough to keep the intruders away.

Frequent visits

For you to confirm that your tree is growing, it will need you to pay it several visits. Which will allow you to do the needed checks.


The trees successful growth will need a good fraction of your time.

Encourage more people to join and do the same

It’s always good to include others after teaching them the importance of the action. Help them understand the importance of trees and why they should grow more. You will, therefore, manage to have more trees growing under the collected care.

The many, the merrier.

Growing trees during ceremonies

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Understanding the National Climate Change Action Plan

Did you know that Kenya has a National Climate Change Action Plan?

Did you know that Kenya has a National Climate Change Action Plan? Yes we have one, that runs for five years. Full of solutions on how to curb climate change in our country.

Roles played by this National Climate Action Plan

  • It provides our country with a guideline to accomplish our commitment to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. Which is an international body responsible for helping our planet get solutions for climate change effects.
  • Give us guidelines on how to live with climate change.
  • Offer support while dealing with how we carry out our development activities. Putting in check negative human impacts during such developments.
  • Helps us work on ways to reduce amounts of green house gases we are producing.

Who are involved in this Action Plan?

It’s made up of scientist, analysts, climate change researchers, international organisation representatives, people from ministries that deal with environmental issues, among others.

These people were able to first evaluate climate change impact in our country. Noting the damage already done. So as to come up with adaptation and mitigation measures. That will help reduce the climate change effects.

Almost all parts in the country had some research done in them. And the most affected noted. These are areas that the mitigation measures got applied to first. And the result has been amazing.

People’s response towards National Change Action Plan

  • Through the climate change awareness platforms, people were able to help coming up with ideas to curb climate change.
  • They were able to change waste into useful products.
  • Embraced practices that aided in reduction of greenhouse gases emission.

So far they have been positive progress made and a lot is yet to be done.

So far we have two National Climate Change Action Plan (NCCAP)

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Thinking Out Loud

Thinking Out Loud

Thinking Out Loud. I would like to share with some of my thoughts that came as a result of seeing something really depressing. With the dry seasons everywhere, fires have become part of our days. Whereby fires have been burning stuff everywhere.

The wildfires at Mount Kenya and Arabuko Sokoke, are some of the fires that gave me stress. Yet I could not manage to offer any physical help but try to spread word through my writing. Those two fires consumed our indigenous forest cover and a good number of species lost their lives. As well as home and food.

Am yet to know the exact causes of these fires. Will share the findings once I get these findings.

So with that in mind. I see a piece of land that has been burnt. Am not sure if it was done intentional or unintentional. But the good part of it was burnt. A few days earlier I had seen some cattles grazing in this particular land. It doesn’t have much of vegetation, and the available one is very dry.

Can you see the burnt area?
Can you see the burnt area?

My problem, was the location of this piece o land. It is situated between a filling station, garage and a warehouse. Plus there’s a electricity transformer nearby. So I thought to myself, what if things went sideways and this fire spread. Whatever direction it may have been forced to follow. They would have been dire consequences.

Filling Station

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How do we sell the environmental concept without having it diluted?

How do we sell the environmental concept without having it diluted?

How do we sell the environmental concept without having it diluted? Environmental concepts have been facing opposition or get diluted when we push hard for them.

Public and other related parties are supposed to be able to embrace such concepts. By first understanding them, accepting and appreciating them. When they get to understand why doing something in a certain way is safe and important. They will be able to accept that particular way.

The next step would be to appreciate that proposed way wholly without looking for shortcuts or cheaper ways. After all cheap is expensive.

Appreciation will help the involved parties to stick to the given concept without thoughts that may lead them to it’s dissembling it to fit their greed desires. They will strive to meet the standard for a given concept and thus accomplishing the desired results

Some of the concepts that been diluted and conformed negatively

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Critically Endangered Helmeted Hornbill is being tagged for its Ivory

Critically Endangered Helmeted Hornbill is being tagged for its Ivory

Critically Endangered Helmeted Hornbill is being tagged for its Ivory. Whereby its ivory is found on its huge beautiful beak that makes 10% of its body weight.

It’s a very large bird with a wrinkled throat patch.

Where do we find Helmeted Hornbill ?

They mostly feed on the fruits especially those from fig trees. Also, feed on insects, barks, among other creatures.

This birds used to be found in various places, whereby they are currently extinct.

They can currently be found in Indonesia, Brunei, Thailand, Malaysia as well as Myanmar. But now extinct in Singapore.

Where do we find the most sort for ivory in the Helmeted Hornbill

It is found on their beaks, a piece of their body known as casques. Which happens to be a solid keratin in this bird.

It runs from the beak’s base halfway to the tip.

When did they start to be a target for this ivory

These birds have a target for some time now. AAnd this explains why they are now considered critically endangered and extinct in some places.

Unlike other ivory from the huge animals like elephants and the like. Ivory from these birds, can easily be sneaked in by the poachers.

Being soft compared to other ivories , they have to be subjected to heat before being used in making ornaments.

So how do you support fight such ivory and these birds?

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When Climate Change Stakeholders and Bloggers Come Together, Great Things Happen

When Climate Change Stakeholders and Bloggers Come Together, Great Things Happen

When Climate Change Stakeholders and Bloggers Come Together, Great Things Happen. The just concluded Bloggers sensitization workshop just gave me hope in our ministry of Enviroment and Forestry once again.

A few years ago, immediately after graduating and getting my bachelors degree in Wildlife Management. Just like any graduate, I started looking for a job and my first stop was at the Ministry of Environment and Forestry in one of the county government.

Very prepared and confident that I will get a chance to apply what I had learned in class. I was ready for either a job or an internship, but not what I encountered that day.

As you all know how hard it is to have a sitting with the big guys in the government office. So getting an appointment with him was after a few weeks of constant calls and visits to his office. So he had no choice but allow me a few minutes of his time.

I requested him to let me know some of the projects he was currently having for the benefit of our environment and forest. And the answer almost made me lose my cool. He shamelessly told me that, he was currently helping in digging dams for the community. So as to allow them access to water.

That was not a bad idea, but isn’t that supposed to be done by guys from the ministry of water? So innocently made my question clearer, and inquired if he had any projects that directly profited environment or forest management/cover. And there was none.

I had just got my final paper at the university published and it was promoting the planting of indigenous species. As well as highlighting the negative effects of exotic species. It was one of the ideas that I was to share with him but he was not in a position to welcome the idea. So sadly, I went back home and lost faith in this ministry.

Then Blogging Happened

I tried other environmental fields to get a job, but none came through. Since I had to take care of myself and lessen my parent’s burden, I decided to take any job that crossed my path.

My passion for the environment still stayed with me and that’s how I ended up blogging. I realized I could still educate others through this channel.

And blogging through BAKE (Blogger Association of Kenya) helped me get this amazing opportunity to interact with incredible climate change stakeholders.

When Climate Change Stakeholders and Bloggers Come Together, Great Things Happen

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It All Starts With You

It All Starts With You

It All Starts With You. Whether small or big, or whether we believe or not. Everything boils back to you.

Do you want to be alive tomorrow? Living in a condusive environment? With no corrupt leaders? Coming up with crappy policies that infringes your rights? Forcing you to life threatening diseases and discomfort?

Then, you have to act. Act as if your life depends on it. Because it literally does depend on it. It seems that we get used to injustices and mishandling to a point of no longer caring what is being done to us and other human beings.

But am only one person, what impact do I have?

There is where you are dead wrong.

Most life changing decisions were suggested by individuals who believed in themselves. Eventually got backed up by more supporters. So if that one person would have remained silent then no change would have happen.

No change is too small, or anyone too young/old to make these changes. It just need you and me, deciding to make that bold step.

You know littering environment is wrong, go ahead and tell that one person who keeps throwing stuff everywhere. It may be an uncomfortable conversation, but its productive for both living organisms and nature.

It all start with you in those little steps

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We Kill Wildlife while protecting Livestock, But feed captive Wildlife with Livestock

We Kill Wildlife while protecting Livestock, But feed captive Wildlife with Livestock

We Kill Wildlife while protecting Livestock, But feed captive Wildlife with Livestock. It’s sadly funny, right? And somehow doesn’t make sense.

Livestock

It refers to domesticated animals that have raised in an agricultural setting to produce labor and commodities such as meat, eggs, milk, fur, leather, and wool.

They are animals that early humans managed to change their way of living and extracted them from their natural habitat.

Unfortunately, just like slavery. It was an aggressive invitation into the humans’ settlement. This is because they had and could do something of help to human species. How do you treat domestic animals around you?

Livestock had to undergo various changes and developments so as to meet humans needs. Whereby their bodies have been injected with drugs, fed food to boost whatever seemed to be missing, and even forced to grow faster through science.

They completely have no leisure to live their own lives as they please. But what seems more profitable to humans. For example, a chicken that would take a year to mature and hatch their own chicks. They now take months, if not weeks, to mature and make way to our plates. The eggs no longer need their mama’s warming them up for 21 days. Incubators took over.

Poor livestock, living by our terms and seem not to have way to defend themselves.

Livestock activists

Am happy to see a part of humans fighting for livestock that is being placed under uncondusive environment.

They are able to ensure that no livestock is killed ruthlessly. They are transported in such a way that doesn’t cause pain to the transportedlivestock. The ones being used for labor provision are not overworked.

Just to name a few. They are there to ensure that we respect and treat livestock in a good way.

Why do we kill wildlife while protecting livestock, but feed captive wildlife with livestock?

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Celebrating Queen of Elephants (Kenya)

Celebrating Queen of Elephants (Kenya)

Celebrating Queen of Elephants (Kenya). An elephant that touched the lives of many through her incredible tusks. That were long enough to touch the ground while she walked.

Queen of Elephants

She passed away sometime back as a result of natural causes. Which is believed to have been contributed by her old age and drought currently being experienced where she lived. This dry season has really caused suffering to both the very young and old wildlife.

Her death found her in Tsavo, where she had managed to live for over sixty years.

She managed to escape premature death like some of her type. Which is resulted by poisoned arrows, snare and bullets. She survived all that and able to live her life to the old age. This is very rare, especially for elephants like her. That have that size of tusks.

We can say, it has been due to the combined efforts of various organizations and Kenya Wildlife Services. In protecting this species. As poachers continue to poach them for their ivory.

According to the lucky photographer, who managed to take her last photos. She was a calm elephant that even allow him to be too close to her.

What do we learn from Queen of elephants?

Her fame was attached to her incredible beautiful tusks. Most of us only managed to have a glimpse of her though her photos going round in the social media. Photos that have melted our hearts and allowed a chance to enjoy them on her.

It is evident that those tusks only looked well on her and not on how the ”bad” do with such. We were also happy that she managed to life her life to the fullest without having to suffer a premature death.

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We Need To Talk

We Need To Talk

We Need To Talk. The most fear sentence of line by human kind.

I looked at him and wondered, “Why are so sad?”and what’s the need of the talk?”
He just shook his head and looked the other side.

Had I done something wrong?


I needed to know, so I went ahead and planted my face to his.
He took a deep breath and requested me to sit with him.

“Have you ever though how things would be running here, if human species was never part of it?”

That was not what I was hoping for, so I just stared at him.

“More species are getting extinct each passing day. The climate and weather patterns are no longer predictable. Infact they are becoming unbearable.

The temperatures in the oceans are rising and poles are rapidly melting away. Oxygen is becoming a critical need in the ocean’s floor. How are those species supposed to survive without oxygen.

It’s funny how you joke of how in near future, ice cone will be melting in your hands before you even get a chance to lick it few times. The heat is already here, and as always. It has not yet shock you enough. Can you know enjoy your ice cream in the open around midday?

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