Two years ago we had the pleasure to talk with Kenfrey Katui, the founder of Scope Intervention (Saving and Conservation of Our Planet Earth Intervention), a Kenyan non-profit organization focused on planting trees. They are working with local communities in an effort to preserve and regenerate the natural environment and improve the communities’ resilience to poverty and climate change. Their founder has some exciting news to share with us, so let’s get into it.
I read that your organization is going to attempt to break a Guinness Record on planting trees ! Tell us more about this new challenge.
Yes, we are going to attempt to break the Guinness World Record on most trees planted in one hour by a team of unlimited size in a single location. The current record stands at 232,647 trees, which were planted on 28th November 2016 in Indonesia. We will try to plant at least 250,000 trees during the long rains of 2019.
How on Earth are you going to plant 250.000 trees in just one hour?! What’s your plan ?
Our plan is to mobilize 18,000 to 25,000 volunteers each planting an average of 13 trees in one hour. Our preparations have started already and we are hoping to get support from different stakeholders and local communities in Kenya.
Last time we talked about the “Fruit and Tree project” aimed at mending several environmental, social and economic issues by harnessing the power of trees. What’s new?
We are glad the project is still ongoing and we have been able to help more schools establish fruit tree orchards in their school yards. Our other projects are also progressing well but the organization is now restructuring its projects so that we can do more advocacy long with tree planting.
We are happy to announce that we will soon be launching Scope Climate Leadership Programme, an initiative designed to equip those interested in leading the fight against climate change with necessary leadership and advocacy skills; information and capacity to enable them improve their work and achieve better desired results. These environment enthusiasts will get an opportunity to hone their skills through leadership training, coursework, networking and involvement in different climate action projects of their choice.
Could we help your projects in some way?
Sure, we need a lot of material, technical and even financial support. Anyone wishing to partner with us can reach us via our Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. One can also visit our official website (www.scope-intervention.org), Facebook (facebook.com/ScopeIntervention) or Twitter (twitter.com/scopei_org) for more information.
Is there something else you want to say to the followers of MTLA ?
We need climate action now than ever before. No country, no individual, no single organization nor institution is immune to adverse effects of climate change. We encourage you to continue spreading the message and doing more in communities around you.
We also welcome you to Kenya during our attempt next year. Come have fun and see the beautiful country we have.
Thank you Kenfrey, we all wish you good luck with the attempt to break the World Guinness Record !