It is not possible to sum up the importance of trees/forests in just a few words. Trees impact on our daily lives in so many ways, even in the midst of a busy, noisy, concrete city centre. Despite our dependence on forests, we are still allowing them to disappear.
Just think of how trees have affected your life today: Have you had your breakfast? Read a newspaper? Switched on a light? Traveled to work in a bus or car? Signed a cheque? Made a shopping list? Got a parking ticket? Blown your nose into a tissue?
Forest products are used in our daily lives. All the activities listed above involve trees in one way or another. Some are easy to figure out – fruits, paper and wood from trees, and so on. Trees also have medicinal value and are also used to make detergents. But looking at it beyond our narrow, human, not to mention urban, perspective, forests provide habitats to diverse animal species, and they also form the source of livelihood for many different human settlements.
They offer watershed protection, timber and non-timber products, and various recreational options. They prevent soil erosion, help in maintaining the water cycle, and check global warming by using carbon dioxide in photosynthesis. If we all plant one tree at home and another in the office, we will be able to take care of them as they grow.
As we go round educating the communities on the need of preserving and the implications of removing trees, We teach schoolchildren to prepare seedbeds, collect seeds from indigenous trees, plant, water and protect the seedlings. We have found that they truly care for the plants more than if we were to give them seedlings and tell them to plant it, or if we plant them ourselves.
So why wait? Join us at Amara Conservation in this cause and inspire your customers, friends, staff and loved ones with creative ideas on special occasions. How about celebrating their birthday, anniversary, graduation, new birth or any special event by planting trees? By doing so, one would be honoring their loved ones while caring for the environment and replanting our nation’s forests. This is especially great here in Kenya now that the rainy season is on! Planting a tree is an act of direct benefit to all.