US Embassy Celebrates #EarthDay At Karura Forest (PHOTOS)

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The Forest Rangers who protect our forests.

Today is Earth day and the US Embassy in Kenya celebrated by planting trees in Karura Forest with The Green Belt Movement and The Friends of Karura Forest.  It was also a day to celebrate Wangari Maathai’s legacy of taking care of the environment by fighting for the forest not to be turned into a stone forest of houses and infrastructure but to remain a green, beautiful place that supports the delicate ecosystem we live in.

Godec cutting ribbon - karura
US AmbassadorRobert Godec with Acting Director Kenya Forest Service, Emilio Mugo cut the ribbon to re-dedicate the site where trees were planted in honour of Wangari Maathai.

 

US Ambassador Godec with Professor Njoroge Karanja, Chairman Friends of Karura Forest and Acting Director Kenya Forest Service, Emilio Mugo
US Ambassador Godec with Professor Njoroge Karanja, Chairman Friends of Karura Forest and Acting Director Kenya Forest Service, Emilio Mugo
Members of the Green Belt Movement, Friends of Karura Forest, and other Tree lovers gather to celebrate earth day.
Members of the Green Belt Movement, Friends of Karura Forest, and other tree lovers gather to celebrate earth day.
Ambassador Robert Godec massages the tree to get it out of its plastic temporary home. The plastic bags are reused so they should not be torn. A great way to protect the environment, reuse plastics
Ambassador Robert Godec massages the tree to get it out of its plastic temporary home. The plastic bags are reused so they should not be torn. A great way to recycle by reusing plastic bags.
The tree is ready for its new home. Ambassador Robert Godec and Acting Director Kenya Forest Service, Emilio Mugo plant a tree together.
Ambassador Robert Godec waters one of the trees he has planted at Karura
Ambassador Robert Godec waters one of the trees he has planted at Karura
Karura MCA Kamau Thuo does a Vote of Thanks after trees were planted
Karura MCA Kamau Thuo gives the Vote of Thanks after the trees were planted
The Forest Rangers who protect our forests.
The Forest Rangers who protect our forests.
tree hug 3 - karura
Earlier in the day members of the Green Belt Movement and I were hugging trees.

 

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