Forests in the arid: What if we could transform Northern Kenya into a forest?

In 1997 El Niño struck Kenya. 10 months of heavy rainfall caused nationwide devastation. Farms were completely destroyed and many were left homeless. It hit our country very hard, but worst of all was the famine that followed.
Climate change causes a cycle of drought and floods that haunts the country yearly. It poses a huge threat to our agricultural sector, which in turn places food security and the livelihoods of millions of Kenyans at risk.

If we do nothing to slow down the rate of climate change or mitigate the effects of climate change, our children are all at risk of hunger, water shortages and mass poverty.

But what if we could reverse climate change? Perhaps we can engineer our climate now so that we may have adequate, predictable and reliable rainfall in the future.

Can afforestation as a geo engineering method to mitigate the effects of climate change in the arid regions of Kenya? Trees have an immensely positive impact on the climate of a region. They help us to adapt to a changing climate and combat drought by influencing rainfall patterns

We know that growing trees take water from the soil and release it into the atmosphere — a process known as evapo-transpiration. The moisture in the air would then precipitate causing rain, and the cycle would repeat.

So what if we could plant a lot of trees? Could we turn a previously dry area into rainforest? Could turn a barren place into a lush forest teeming with life? Could we do this in a safe and sustainable way?


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