In our modern times, terms as ‘climate change’ and global warming’ have dominated our news for several years and if we may believe scientists, it’s far from over. Predictions make our future look miserable but some game changers want to turn the tide. They want to prove that it isn’t too late!

“Our trees… our future”. With this tag line, the Kiviwama Conservation Center raises the attention back to deforestation, which becomes a serious threat for our planet. Trees are of crucial importance for food and economical activities. They deliver oxygen and create biodiversity. Furthermore, forests are the home of diverse animal and plant species. Like you can see: we can’t live without a piece of green, wherever we are. This community sets their goal straight: one million trees need to be planted in the next four years to make a difference.

We visited Kiviwama on their location near the Old Moshi Road at the Njoro Juu Water Spring to take a look ourselves. We are welcomed by Kipule who explained us the purpose of their organization. They plant over thirty different species with each their own functions. That’s necessary because due to human’s economic activities that destroy springs, rivers and valleys. At the Conservation Center we got a tour and could see for ourselves that Kiviwama have more goals than planting trees. The old ones get a second life as recycled paper, pieces of art or notebooks.

When you walked further down the path, you will find the water spring. The water level was very low due to the dry season so Kipule hopes that the rain will fill it up. The water is important for the trees to grow and together you create a chain reaction between nature and the spring. If you were curious, the house next to it has no purpose anymore.

For the future, Kiviwama wants to raise public awareness by visiting schools and local farms and inviting volunteers to work together with locals to plant the trees. I talked with a volunteer of Los Angeles who got in touch with the community thanks to a volunteering organisation. Together he worked with two others by planting trees. But they need more workforce to produce more green in entire Moshi.

Want to know more? Read more at http://www.kiviwama.itgo.com/index.htm

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