Jomo Kenyatta University Students Association (JKUSA), in partnership with Back to Society and the Water Services Regulatory Board (WASREB), organized a special ecology camp at JKUAT on October 27, 2023, to educate students about the importance of environmental conservation and fostering an appreciation for the biodiversity within the university.
One notable activity during the event was a tree planting session, where both students and guests planted 200 indigenous trees at the Sino Africa Joint Research Centre (SAJOREC)’s botanical garden.
The trees were donated by the Water Services Regulatory Board (WASREB) as part of their commitment to His Excellency, President William Ruto’s directive to plant 15 billion trees by 2032.
Students drawn from other universities who are primarily leaders of environmental clubs in Mount Kenya University, African Nazarene University, Kenyatta University, and Cooperative University, all operating under the Kenya Inter University Environmental Students Association (KIUESA), attended the event. KIUESA is the overarching association for environmental clubs in Kenyan universities.
During the tree planting session, Prof. Robert Gituru, Director of SAJOREC, expressed his gratitude and encouraged students to maintain their enthusiasm for environmental initiatives. He extended an open invitation for similar events and ideas to make JKUAT a greener institution.
“Earth is our home. Let us nurture it by planting trees, as it will significantly contribute to mitigating climate change. Let’s make JKUAT green,” Prof. Gituru urged.
Executive Director of Back to Society, Mr. Abubakar Omanyo, commended students for their proactive stance on environmental conservation and their involvement in cleaning up the Ngong River in Kibra. He encouraged them to continue being part of the solutions for environmental challenges.
Ambrose Albert Michura, a fifth-year JKUAT student and Chairman of the JKUAT Association of Green Energy (JAGE), thanked the event organizers and expressed his hope for a greener JKUAT by the time he completes his studies.
Other JKUAT clubs in attendance included the JKUAT Environmental Management Association (JEMA), JKUAT Rover Scouts crew, JKUAT School of Business and Entrepreneurship (JKUSOBE), and the EACCGN JKUAT chapter. All these clubs showcased JKUAT’s commitment to environmental stewardship.