Residing in Nairobi and working in a range of diverse fields, Hiking Friends are a group of young Kenyans whose favourite hobby is hiking the mountains and hills of Kenya and East Africa – and they have big plans to hike further into Africa in the future.
On 29 September, the group embarked on a two-day hike of Nyambene hills forest in Meru County. Led by team leader Lawi Mutuma Njeru, Hiking Friends planted 9 tree seedlings within the forest as the culmination of their hiking and camping event.
Before the hike began, ACRP Climate Reporter, Titus Murithi (who also doubles as a tour guide) led a discussion with Hiking Friends about climate change, global warming and the negative impacts of the two phenomenon on planet earth.
Murithi explained that the increase of greenhouse gases in our atmosphere – such as carbon dioxide – is the leading cause of anthropogenic climate change. These emissions happen as a result of human activities such as burning fossil fuels like petroleum, cooking gas, and coal to generate our electricity; cutting down trees and degrading forests, as well as fumes from factories and industries.
The group discussed simple actions which can be taken by all global citizens, right from the local villages to the big cities to fight back the negative impacts of climate change and global warming. This can be anything from planting trees, to walking or cycling instead of driving, or even lobbying for 100% renewable energy.
The hikers jumped at the idea of tree planting as a way to take climate action – no surprise considering their hobby!