Thousands of people turned out for the 1977 World Environment Day celebrations in Nairobi. Children's?
Thousands of people turned out for the 1977 World Environment Day celebrations in Nairobi. Children's groups, such as boy scouts and girl guides, were prominent in the long lines of marchers. Afterwards crowds gathered at Kamukunji to watch tree planting ceremonies.
SYNOPSIS: The marchers had begun assembling in the early morning hours. Once they got under way, their columns threaded through the main streets, passing along the way such notable buildings as Parliament House. Environment Day had been built into an important and deeply significant day with long feature stories and powerful editorials in newspapers on the eve of the celebrations.
Children were encouraged to take part to impress on them the importance of looking after the environment they are inheriting. Pamphlets are an important means of spreading the message that their land and its wild life must be preserved.
The tree planting site at Kamukunji. Margaret Kenyatta, the President's daughter, was the key figure here. A former mayor of Nairobi, she is Kenya's permanent representative on the United Nations Environment programme. The President had directed the Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources to make sure it had enough seedlings, especially for fruit trees, to make tree planting successful throughout the country.