Greenpeace Africa in partnership with Small Axe and other organizations joined hand together to celebrate World Environment Day by planting trees and conducting a river clean up in the Gatharaini River in Githurai extent.
The colourful event was ornamented in a cool, fresh green environment along River Gatharaini; thanks to Small Axe Environmental Youth Group tireless effort to see the environment dignity restored: a proof that was evidenced anything small can be done and felt by restoring our environment mother nature.
According to Small Axe Environmental Youth Group chairman Mr. Allan Kariuki, the foundation was formed in 2012 then officially registered in 2013. Its primary mandate being restoration of the Gatharaini River banks by planting trees along the river, cleaning the river as well as ensuring it is clean and safe for human and animals consumption either for drinking, bathing, cleaning and irrigation among others.
“When we were starting this project, many people did not understand what we were up to but with time, our hard work, commitment and result has attracted many others who today we are glad to say they are part of Small Axe family; making little difference day by day,” said kariuki.
The group is optimistic that one day they will be able to safeguard the full 20 kilometres river length by planting trees a long it as well ensuring its commitment to keep it hygienic all day out.
Despite the progress, the group still faces different challenges like inadequate finance, resources; skills and training support, henceforth appealing for any support from other well-wishers and established organizations like Greenpeace to partner with them towards making the world better again.
In attendance was Greenpeace Director Njeri Kabeberi who fell in love with the great work done by the youths, making allegiance to support them further in future through different ways.
“Am so happy to see at least in this generation where people love money so much than protecting our environment, energetic youths like you can still come together, form a group and start a wonderful project to protect and preserve our environment. If Professor Wangari Maathai was here today, am sure she would have been so impressed to see youths carrying her legacy that she fought for long time without people understanding what she was up to. Today we celebrate her because now we understand.”
Greenpeace is a non-governmental environmental organization with offices in over 40 countries, with an international coordinating body in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Founded by Canadian and US ex-pat environmental activists in 1971, its goal is to “ensure the ability of the Earth to nurture life in all its diversity” hence focuses its campaigning on worldwide issues such as climate change, deforestation, over-fishing, commercial whaling, genetic engineering, and anti-nuclear issues. It uses direct action, lobbying, research, and ecotage to achieve its goals.
The organization has a general consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council and also a founding member of the INGO Accountability Charter; an international non-governmental organization that intends to foster accountability and transparency of non-governmental organizations.
Greenpeace is known for its direct actions and has been described as the most visible environmental organization in the world by raising environmental issues to public knowledge, plus influencing both the private and the public sector.