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Kenya Declares Surprise Public Holiday for National Campaign to Plant 15 Billion Trees 

The Kenyan government announced Monday a surprise public holiday on Nov. 13 for a nationwide tree planting day, part of its ambitious plan to plant 15 billion trees by 2032. Interior Minister Kithure Kindiki made the announcement via a gazette notice posted on the social network X, formerly known as Twitter, following a Cabinet meeting held last week and chaired by President William Ruto. “The Government has declared a special holiday on Monday, November 13, 2023, during which the public across the Country shall be expected to plant trees as a patriotic contribution to the national efforts to save our Country from the devastating effects of Climate Change,” said Kindiki. Kenya’s current forest cover currently stands at about 7% but the government has set aside more than $80 million this financial year, as it bids to increase tree cover to more than 10%. Trees store carbon, one of the main drivers of global warming. In contrast, deforestation accelerates climate change: it halts plant photosynthesis, so the trees are no longer taking up carbon. It’s also often accompanied by burning, which releases lots of carbon dioxide. https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.voanews.com/amp/kenya-declares-surprise-public-holiday-for-national-campaign-to-plant-15-billion-trees-/7344961.html

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  • George Kariuki

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    I encourage everyone in Kenya to participate in the nationwide tree planting day on November 13, 2023.

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    • Grace Njeri

      31 w

      A practice that should always be a mandatory to everyone.

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      • Kevin

        31 w

        This is a first for Kenyans and very welcome

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        • Elizabeth Gathigia

          31 w

          It's amazing initiative, we can do it 💪

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          • Rashid Kamau

            31 w

            The kenyan government relayed a positive message to its citizens in matter climate.

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            • walter lungayi

              31 w

              This is a great initiative. Together we can do it.

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              • Videlis Eddie

                31 w

                wow this is amazing .. its a good initiative by the government of Kenya

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                • rosebellendiritu

                  31 w

                  May it yield fruits and experience mass planting which will help to increase forest cover.

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                  • Videlis Eddie

                    31 w

                    @rosebellendiritu i hope it will not only be planting trees but educating people on the importance of growing them

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                  • Gorffly mokua

                    31 w

                    The first tree plating holiday ever in Africa!💚💚

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                    • Videlis Eddie

                      31 w

                      @gorffly_mokua this is a huge achievement for Kenya

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