Last Friday, Mr. Felix Koskei, the Head Chief of the Public Service, led his office staff in a tree planting exercise in Nairobi. This initiative is part of the government’s commitment to addressing climate change in the country.

The team planted at least 15,000 trees in various locations within Nairobi County. This action follows a recent presidential directive that requires public servants in state agencies, corporations, and ministries to participate in tree planting on a rotational basis every day.

The President’s goal is to accelerate the government’s target of planting at least 15 billion trees by 2032. This effort aims to increase forest cover and help mitigate the impact of global warming, especially given the extreme weather patterns being experienced.

During the tree planting event, Mr. Koskei, accompanied by his Principal Administrative Secretary, Arthur Osiya, and Secretary Administration, Thomas Nyamorata, began the day with an hour-long aerobic exercise session at Embakasi Garrison. This was intended to promote team building and physical fitness before they started planting trees at Bomas Beat, Kenya Wildlife Services (KWS) National Park, APTC Utawala, and Embakasi Garrison.

“This tree planting exercise is a long-term solution to mitigate the adverse effects of changing weather patterns. It symbolizes our collective commitment to the President’s ambitious goal of planting 15 billion trees over the next ten years,” said Mr. Koskei.

Mr. Koskei expressed concerns that the negative effects of climate change pose a significant threat to Kenya’s economic development and the realization of Vision 2030 and the Big 4 Agenda. He stressed the urgency of addressing this global issue.

This exercise follows President Dr. William Ruto’s directive to Cabinet Secretaries (CSs) to ensure their staff are scheduled to participate in daily tree planting exercises for at least six months. The President has emphasized that each ministry will have designated days for planting trees to ensure continuous participation.