If you don’t plant trees to­day, you plant fu­ture famine

The Star (Kenya) - - Voices -

KenGen’s is turn­ing the coun­try into a more hu­mane re­source­ful state, thanks to its pop­u­lar cor­po­rate rso­cial re­spon­si­bil­ity work through its foun­da­tion, which in­cludes ed­u­ca­tion schol­ar­ships, tree plant­ing, build­ing state-of-the-art class­rooms in schools near its in­stal­la­tions, dis­pen­saries, piped wa­ter and roads, among oth­ers. All these ini­tia­tives are ben­e­fi­cial to Kenyans and to the econ­omy, which for a long time ex­pe­ri­enced slug­gish growth amid miriad chal­lenges. As a young boy I thought elec­tric­ity was sim­ply pro­duced by plac­ing wires inside a dam full of wa­ter. But af­ter a small class­room physics and chem­istry lessons, I now know bet­ter. That is the power of ed­u­ca­tion, it’s the same ed­u­ca­tion that in­formed KenGen that if you don’t plant trees to­day, then be ready to plant famine, a les­son all cor­po­rate firms must em­u­late. Turn­ing a brown en­vi­ron­ment to green will give the fu­ture gen­er­a­tions a place to live. ERICK OKEYO Via email

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