In a bid to address climate change and promote environmental sustainability, Pastor Dorcas Rigathi, the spouse of Deputy President, led a tree planting exercise at Bomet University College on Friday.
The initiative is part of the ambitious national goal set by President Ruto to plant 15 billion trees by 2032.
Addressing the students during the planting of 10,000 trees, Pastor Dorcas emphasized the importance of such activities in combating climate change for future generations.
She said, “I know with such activities, we are changing the environment. To green your environment and the country is the future. You are our future, and when you take care of the future, I am very glad as a mother because I know your children will live in a good environment.”
The Deputy President’s spouse has been actively touring various institutions of higher learning to engage with students and promote tree planting. Previous stops on her tour included Chuka University and Masai Mara University, where similar exercises were conducted.
Pastor Dorcas highlighted the environmental challenges faced today, attributing them to negligence in the past. She urged the students to take responsibility for the future, saying, “Some of the challenges affecting the world on matters of climate change are as a result of negligence of the environment in the past.”
In addition to the environmental message, Pastor Dorcas took the opportunity to address another pressing issue. She challenged the students to reject drugs and substance abuse, which she identified as a national crisis. Instead, she encouraged them to focus on their studies for a better and brighter future.
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Bomet Governor Dr. Hillary Barchok also weighed in on the importance of student involvement in climate change mitigation.
He called on the students to explore innovative ways to address the challenges posed by climate change, emphasizing the role of the younger generation in shaping a sustainable future.