As Prof.Wangari Maathai sagely put it, "The generation that destroys the environment is not the generation that pays the price.”
While somebody has finally come out to confirm the tree was cut down because of something to do with the safety of small children living around, this sounds like a petty excuse to many Kenya. Indeed, it is! Given that the tree was an emblem planted near the heroin of environmental conservation.
On 25th of September 2020, the single tree that was planted in memory of Professor Wangari Maathai somewhere in Waiyaki was cut down. In exactly 28 days from the date we published this article, it would have turned 9 Yrs Old. This particular action angered many Kenyans who cursed the damn action and some took it on social media to express their anger.
“One day These tree poachers will mean a devastating epidemic if the government doesn’t legislate early enough.”
“Nature will cry one day, we cut trees to build but one day we will destroy buildings to plant”
“This is a notorious regime that's full of itself. It believes all the other regimes and the one to come are not important than itself. Someone at the top believes it’s his way and no other way”
Thanks to our education system, many Kenyans know very well parts of the tree such as leaves, branches roots stem but not the value of a tree. Enough justification why rampant cutting down trees is a norm in Kenya.
g down trees is a norm.