Time is the most precious commodity not even gold and diamond can compare to time .Its thus flattering when a group of young people decide to put every other business they have behind them and be part of a 10Km walk in Karura Forest to create awareness on the need for conservation of forests.
The world is celebrating the global goals week and goal 13 on climate action is one of the seventeen sustainable development goals and one of the most important ones .This is because if we don’t conserve our planet right now we will have everything else but no future. A poorly conserved planet means we will slowly succumb to illnesses and disease.
The Green walk team has taken the initiative to stand with Karura forest a forest found near Nairobi the capital city of Kenya .Due its proximity to the city centre it’s been prone to grabbing by rich business moguls whose aim is to turn the forest area into an industry area where they build malls and hotels to make them more money to the detriment of our health. Such development will leave the rest of us prone to problems that arise due to climate change. deforestation and encroachment of riparian reserves have nothing but negative effects such as destruction of the ozone layer and increase in carbon emissions that we cannot allow .The general public does not understand the dangers of deforestation and they be interested in reaping from the short term benefits of job creation that will arise from commercializing Karura forest but we cannot let this happen. That is why efforts of young people such as The Green Walk Team cannot go unnoticed and bodies in government including the Ministry of environment should support and encourage more young people to join this initiatives bent on conservation of currently forested land and afforestation.
The plan of The Green Walk team is to compliment the environmental activities done by other stakeholders within the forest and to also better the lives of the people living around Karura Forest. Their goal of providing clean water and sanitation to communities in Nairobi is a noble one and is in line with Sustainable goal 6 on provision of clean water and Sanitation to all. Youth is fleeting but we must say that this young people are putting theirs to a good use. Care to be a green walker? Visit their website http://www.thegreenwalk.org/