BARINGO, Kenya, October 5 – The Office of the Data Protection Commissioner joined AIC Churo Girls High School in Baringo County to conduct a tree growing exercise as part of the Presidential Directive on the National Tree Growing and Restoration Campaign.
The goal of the campaign is to grow 15 billion trees for restoration by 2032, with the aim of combating the devastating effects of climate change in Kenya.
President William Ruto launched this national tree planting campaign in December 2022, emphasizing the importance of planting trees in urban and rural areas, and promoting reforestation, agroforestry, and afforestation.
Data Commissioner Immaculate Kassait, MBS, led the ODPC team in planting 800 trees as part of their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) commitment to environmental sustainability and community development.
In her remarks, Commissioner Kassait highlighted the significance of the initiative in promoting a healthier and more sustainable future for all Kenyans. She expressed optimism that the tree planting exercise would raise awareness about environmental sustainability and inspire others to take action towards a more sustainable future.
“We believe that by working together, we can make a positive impact on our environment and create a better future for ourselves and future generations,” the Data Commissioner stated, reiterating ODPC’s commitment to promoting a healthier and more sustainable future.
She encouraged everyone to reflect on their own environmental practices, reduce their carbon footprint, and promote sustainability in their daily lives.
“The tree planting exercise represents an important step forward in promoting environmental sustainability and community development in Kenya. At ODPC, we remain dedicated to creating a greener and more sustainable future for the country,” she added.
The event was attended by officials from the Ministry of Information, Communication and the Digital Economy, Kenya Forest Service, County Commissioner, Ministry of Education, County Forest Conservator, and local leaders, among others.