“Forests and Education – Learn to Love Forests” – 2019 theme
In NAKURU COUNTY, Mellisa Thuo, a seven year old and in Standard two, has in the past drawn global attention on the need to properly dispose of electronic waste in the wake of the growing industry,
Today in line with the United Nations key message on Forest and Education theme, that states – “You’re never too young to start learning about trees. Helping children connect with nature creates future generations conscious of the benefits of trees and forests and the need to manage them sustainably” Mellisa was at the center of the tree planting exercise, an event that was sponsored by The Nakuru County government, Green Kids Award, Menengai Oil Refineries, and Tree Growers Association of Kenya. The young princess donated 7 indigenous trees. Mellisa is also a Green Kids Awards Winner and a WEEE Centre E-Waste Ambassador.
Every 21 March the United Nations raises awareness of the importance of all types of forests. This year the International Day of Forests promotes education to Learn to Love Forests. It underscores the importance of education at all levels in achieving sustainable forest management and biodiversity conservation. Healthy forests mean healthy, resilient communities and prosperous economies.
The United Nation Key Message on the world forest day is
- Understanding our forests and keeping them healthy is crucial for our future. Forests will be more important than ever as the world population climbs to 8.5 billion by 2030.
- You’re never too young to start learning about trees. Helping children connect with nature creates future generations conscious of the benefits of trees and forests and the need to manage them sustainably.
- Both modern and traditional knowledge are key to keeping forests healthy. While foresters should know and understand nature well, they should also learn to use cutting-edge technology to ensure that our forests are monitored and managed sustainably.
- Investing in forestry education can change the world for the better. Countries can help ensure there are scientists, policymakers, foresters and local communities working to halt deforestation and restore degraded landscapes.
- Women and men should have equal access to forest education. Gender parity in forest education empowers rural women to sustainably manage forests.
In KENYA, The Day celebrates and raises awareness of the importance of all types of forests. On each International Day of Forests, Kenya, among all other countries undertakes efforts to organize activities involving forests and trees, such as tree planting campaigns and actual tree planting exercises.
The theme for each International Day of Forests is chosen by the Collaborative Partnership on Forests (CPF), whose members agreed in 2017 that the Day’s theme would provide an opportunity to highlight specific forest contributions to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development by considering topics of the annual sessions of the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF).