Last Friday, the Biotech staff joined the rest of the ILRI family in planting trees across the campus in honor of the late Kenyan Nobel Prize Laureate and environmentalist Wangari Maathai. The Biotech tree was planted behind the main Biotech office, Lab 8.
In an interview with John Vidal, Guardian news, Wangari is quoted to have said “The tree is just a symbol for what happens to the environment. The act of planting one is a symbol of revitalising the community. Tree-planting is only the entry point into the wider debate about the environment. Everyone should plant a tree,”. The environment is not only important to humans but also for livestock, and as Jimmy Smith, Director General of ILRI mentioned during the tree planting day, we need to start addressing the issue of livestock and environment more boldly. As the tree grows, we hope that it will be a constant reminder of the important role we all have to play in conserving our environment, more so through our research.
Biotech staff planting the tree
Henry Kiara, scientists with the Biotech theme at ILRI, planting the tree