Br. Hermann Borg receives award for Tree Growing and Forest Conservation


Her Excellency Margaret Kenyatta, the First Lady of the Republic of Kenya recognized 54 awardees who promoted conservation of the environment.  Among the recipients of the “2017 Tree Growing and Forest Conservation Awards is Br. Hermann Borg, OFM (St. Francis Province, Kenya and Madagascar) who was given the “Unsung Hero” award for planting 1 million trees in the Subukia Valley over 20 years ago.

Speaking at the ceremony, the First Lady held that the survival of human beings is highly dependent on the sustainability efforts of the entire ecosystem. She however pointed out that human actions, short term and sometimes selfish motivations have negatively impacted, threatened or endangered our fragile forest cover. “This ceremony will remind us that we are all dependant on the environment and that the role our ancestors have played in the past, the role we play today, and the role our children will play in the future is extremely vital to our human survival”, she said. The First Lady congratulated the awardees for their efforts in protecting forests and their optimism for appreciating the true potential of forests and reconciling their economic efforts with sustainability values.

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