CS Kuria Reveals Reason Why Kenyans Will Plant 15 Billion Trees

Public Service Cabinet Secretary Moses Kuria on Monday revealed plans by the government to sell carbon credits to Western countries.

Carbon credits, also known as carbon offsets, are like environmental points. When you cut carbon emissions, you earn points. Others can buy these points to balance their own emissions, promoting a cleaner planet

Speaking during the nationwide tree planting exercise in Nandi County, Kuria cautioned foreigners polluting the environment maintaining that the government is determined to capitalise on that to achieve its own environmental conservation goals.

“As we go forward, we will sell carbon credits to these foreigners who have more money than us. Continue destroying the environment as long as you pay us and the youth to get employment,” Kuria stated.

Public Service CS Moses Kuria (holding a watering can) planting a tree in Nandi County on Monday November 13, 2023


Moses Kuria

During the event, CS Kuria lauded President William Ruto for hosting the Africa Climate Summit 2023 which was used as a platform to highlight matters Climate Change in the continent. 

Instructively, in June, Nairobi also hosted the largest auction for carbon credits in the world.

“Africa will know that Kenya leads in dealing with the effects of climate change in the continent,” Kuria stated.

According to the Cabinet Secretary, since Ruto took over as President, the Head of State has been at the forefront of dealing with the effects of Climate Change.

The CS revealed that he had organized to have National Youth Service (NYS) officers plant more trees across the country. 

He further revealed that his Ministry had partnered with the Global Centre for Adaptation, and offered them land to set up a center of adaptation in the country.

This comes after the State Department of Environment in November signed a deal with a Dubai  company to aid in the production of carbon credits.

As part of the agreement, the government would provide the land to facilitate the exercise. However, the exact location of the project was not disclosed.

Meanwhile, President William Ruto has encouraged Kenyans to conserve the environment and plant trees often.

President William Ruto (center) during the tree planting exercise in Makueni County on November 13, 2023


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