African Women: Restoring the Land, Building Resilience on World Environment Day

In a bid to celebrate this year’s World Environment Day themed Land Restoration, Desertification and Drought Resilience in a unique way, we partnered with the Women Peace Climate Resilience Justice Association (WoPCAA) in Machakos County, to empower women at the grassroots level to combat climate change through tree planting and environmental education.


Normally, the effects of climate change are felt most acutely by those who have contributed the least. In Africa, women are disproportionately impacted by droughts, floods, and other environmental disasters. This partnership was fostered by recognizing the crucial role women play in environmental stewardship and was bent on equipping  them with the knowledge and tools to build resilience in their communities.


In her remarks during the tree-planting activity, Dr. Skitter, Director of the Women Peace Climate Resilience Justice Association (WoPCAA), commended the women of the local community for their leadership in the fight to combat climate change.


Amina, a mother of three, shared her perspective: “The changing weather has made life so much harder for us. The land is drier, and food is scarcer. But by planting trees together, we are creating a future where our children can have a better life.”


Njeri, a young farmer, echoed Amina’s sentiment: “Learning about sustainable practices and soil conservation helps us care for the land that sustains us. We are the backbone of our communities, and protecting the environment is crucial for all of us.”


By engaging in tree planting initiatives, we are not only restoring landscapes but also fostering a sense of ownership and environmental responsibility. Moreover, such educational workshops empower these women with the knowledge they need to understand climate change, advocate for sustainable practices, and protect their natural resources.


This World Environment Day, we celebrate the strength and leadership of African women on the frontlines of climate action. Their dedication to protecting the environment paves the way for a healthier, more sustainable future for generations to come.

Engage in making the world a better place; plant a tree! Every tree counts in the fight against climate change. Educate yourself about the environmental challenges facing Africa and support sustainable practices.
Together, we can create a world where women are key players in shaping a climate-resilient future for all.



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