PLEASE SIGN THIS PETITION TO HELP STOP THIS EXCERSICE !!!
NO! TO CUTTING JACARANDA TREES ON NAKURU-ELDORET HIGHWAY
When you drive or walk down Nakuru-Eldoret highway, the first thing that you notice is a line-up of beautiful Jacaranda trees standing alongside the highway between Eveready roundabout and Total Roundabout.
These trees are at risk of being cut down by private developers who have their selfish thoughts of Creating a driveway to access the upcoming mall dabbed the Golden life Mall “The alleged Egerton University Retirement Benefits pension scheme in their right mind and for their own interest and nobody else are so determined to clear these indigenous trees to expand the road so that their property can be easily accessed’. Said James Wakibia.
The Nakuru people are now against this act and therefore are reaching out to the government to stop this act without any consideration or favor whatsoever. “We believe the tree stands on public land and therefore they cannot just cut them down” He continued
It is quite unfortunate that an institution associated with a University does not recognize or even respect the meaning of sustainable development and the benefit of trees in our environment. Well, the residents of Nakuru wants to remind them that apart from the obvious beauty of the Jacaranda trees alongside the highway, trees also produce oxygen, clean soil, control noise pollution and drastically reduces erosion, trees also in a big way reduce carbon in the atmosphere which is a big threat to climate change. With the population at an all-time high, we must maintain or increase the number of trees around the cities.
We believe that before the developer purchased the property for development they had done their own survey to establish how they could access the said property. If they overlooked that we are here to help them figure out how; There is already an access road from Eveready that can be extended to provide 2-way traffic to access the upcoming mall.
It is important to note that public participation is very important when making such kind of decision. Unfortunately, we have noted that many developers in Kenya are inviting only the people who have no idea of the impact of the decision being made and often such public participations are hidden to the general public. A Nakuru resident noted that strangers were invited to endorse the project. He continued to say that the informal sectors artisans from that area were not invited for the public participation to air their views.
If the Nakuru County Government, NEMA, KENHA and other agencies involved feels without any reasonable doubts that the tree cutting exercise is important, then let them invite all the concerned residents of Nakuru on a fresh start to ensure proper public information and consultation. They are mandated to inform and justify the approvals as well as answer burning questions from the people of Nakuru.
Deforestation has been a tragic disaster for the earth and everyone living on it, every tree counts. PLEASE SIGN THIS PETITION TO HELP STOP DEFORESTATION!!!
PETITION BY: JAMES WAKIBIA
SUPPORTING ORGANIZATION: CESRA KENYA