This is what deforestation looks like

But before I bore you, for those who recall Ladysighs and I promise the next post will be something she said I share with all of you.

This is not deforestation 🙂 what’s a trip to Kisumu without the lake though?

Rain does not come from trees they said and cut down the whole forest

one day i hope we will wake up and plant trees

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As Onyango Makagutu I am Kenyan, as far as I am a man, I am a citizen of the world

19 thoughts on “This is what deforestation looks like

  1. Tish Farrell says:

    Clear felling – a dismal sight, Mak. It’s not as if Kenyans don’t know the importance of trees or at least had traditional embargos on felling particular species. Still, we in Britain, have more than done our bit to decimate forests, our own and other peoples’. More surprising though was yesterday’s pronouncement by Michael Gove, our unlikely Environment Minister, that he is intending to plant thousands of trees. Sometimes in these days of dark and dastardly doings, some good news happens. Happy week to you.


  2. renudepride says:

    It always amazes me that so many want to destroy all the forests. Exactly what do they intend to tell their children and grandchildren when they ask: “What happened to all the trees?” Good post, my Kenyan brother! Thank you! 🙂 Naked hugs!


  3. basenjibrian says:

    In California we face another long term issue. People demanding to live in and among the forests along narrow, steep mountain roads, pretending to be “country people” while commuting long distances to suburban or urban jobs. Of course, in a our seasonally hot and dry Mediterranean climate, these forests are flammable. Even if our utility companies were perfect, and what human institution is? this low density sprawl means miles and miles of power distribution lines in flammable forests. Tragedy results. The town of Paradise, California, should not be rebuilt, I believe. đŸ˜Ļ

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    • Nan says:

      I’m not sure Paradise CAN be rebuilt. From my understanding, there are water problems. Plus, many people were under-insured or not insured at all so rebuilding would be next to impossible.

      In any case, if humans continue their disregard for nature, there’s little doubt they will eventually destroy this planet.


      • basenjibrian says:

        Yes. We are talking Flint squared is what I understand.

        I understand the desire to “live among the trees”. And Paradise was a relatively affordable opportunity to do that.

        On a related California note, there is a lot of deserved approbation against PG&E. I am more…cynical. As I noted above, this situation requires perfection. And, I am not sure all other rate payers should be paying for bad land use planning decisions and poor choices. But then, one could argue that the entire State is too risky. 🙂


        • Nan says:

          I was raised in California and left to live in Oregon about 15 years ago (no regrets). I’m very familiar with the state and its ‘problems.” There’s no denying it offers a wide variety of living conditions, but the BIG drawback is the COST to take advantage of them. And then, as has been vividly demonstrated over the past several years, the state itself is full of “goodies” like earthquake faults and forest fires. Nevertheless, it’s difficult to pass up its beauty … and the population count confirms this.


          • basenjibrian says:

            I am willing to pay the cost. 🙂 For the moment. Retirement looms, though…

            And if you can accept the lesser parts of the State…it is more affordable than you think.

            One example: Redding is REALLY HOT but damn is it beautiful. I don’t really want real winters anymore (Can’t really ride when it is 17 degrees F out). So, I was looking at Ashland/Medford. Slightly cooler. Still a Mediterranean climate. But DAMN…the property tax rate is almost five times the Prop 13 limit in California…and the home prices in Jackson County are not very much cheaper than Redding or Solano County! There went that idea!

            (Doesn’t Oregon also have earthquakes and fires, though?)


            • Nan says:

              Ashland is a beautiful area — quite upscale (translated expensive). Winter sports and Shakespeare theater are some of its appeal. Personally, I would never choose Medford. It most likely has some affordable areas but I just don’t care for the the area. My suggestion would be Grants Pass (Josephine County). So. Oregon tends to be less expensive overall.

              Yes, Oregon & Washington both have the Cascadia Fault running along the coast … and it will most likely be a biggie when it finally hits. Inland there aren’t that many. Forest fires, of course, because there are lots of trees — but not to the extent or damage as those in So. CA.

              I DO NOT envy anyone living in Redding! I was raised in Bakersfield and the two run neck-in-neck for hot weather!


    • makagutu says:

      humans are sometimes a contradiction. so they are threatening a fragile ecosystem while doing their utmost to make it more fragile


  4. basenjibrian says:

    The interesting thing is that New England and upstate New York was during the early period of the United States much more deforested than they are right now. As it became more obvious that there is better and easier farmland in the Midwestern United States, the farming shifted west and the northeast began reverting.


    • makagutu says:

      the situation here is different. The photos I have shown are of the tea growing areas. they have rich soils and good weather for tea farming but by cutting down the forest, they are also risking their livelihoods


  5. Eva Nyambu says:

    Can you wake up already!


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