Environmental Protection Agency Chief to Plant Trees in Karura Forest

Posted on February 17, 2011. Filed under: Uncategorized |

Nairobi, 17 February 2011 – On Saturday, 19 February, 2011,
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) chief, Administrator Lisa P.
Jackson, will visit Karura Forest in Nairobi to tour the forest and to
commemorate the reopening of the forest by planting a tree.
Administrator Jackson will be accompanied by U.S. Ambassador to Kenya
Michael E. Ranneberger and Nobel Laureate Wangari Maathai, who will also
plant trees.

Administrator Jackson will visit Nairobi 18-22 February to attend
meetings at the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP), whose
Nairobi-based world headquarters is hosting the Global Major Groups and
Stakeholders Forum this weekend and its Governing Council meeting next
week.  Administrator Jackson leads U.S. participation in those meetings,
which will consider the international response to many of today’s most
prominent environmental issues.

Administrator Lisa P. Jackson leads EPA’s efforts to protect the health
and environment for all Americans. She and a staff of more than 17,000
professionals work to usher in a green economy and  address health
threats from toxins and pollution.  As Administrator, Jackson has
pledged to focus on core issues of protecting air and water quality,
preventing exposure to toxic contamination, and reducing greenhouse
gases.  Jackson is the first African-American to serve as EPA
Administrator.

Professor Wangari Maathai <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wangari_Maathai>
established the Green Belt Movement (GBM) in 1977, under the auspices of
the National Council of Women of Kenya.  GBM is a non-profit grassroots
organization based in Kenya whose mission is to mobilize community
consciousness for self-determination, equity, improved livelihoods and
security, and environmental conservation. Since Maathai started the
movement in 1977, over 40 million trees have been planted. Over 30,000
women trained in forestry, food processing, bee-keeping, and other
trades that help them earn income while preserving their lands and
resources.

Also planting trees Saturday morning will be three American Peace Corps
Volunteers currently working in Kenya.  2011 marks the 50th anniversary
of the establishment of the Peace Corps in 1961.  As part of the
commemoration, each of the 115 Peace Corps Volunteer currently serving
in Kenya will be asked to plant fifty trees this year.

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