72 thoughts on “In Kenya, we still live under trees😀

    • makagutu says:

      but it is fast disappearing giving way to tall buildings and roads

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    • Unfortunately cities seem to think chopping everything out is the answer. I live within forestry, lakes, & rivers, so this is what I’m used to…..not concrete everywhere.

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      • makagutu says:

        It’s very unfortunate

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        • basenjibrian says:

          Is it really? The biggest threat to the environment and especially wildlife habitat is the demand to live in very low density pseudo-rural settings. Such settings require active use of private automobiles, one of the largest contributors to climate change. In addition, such low density cities are much more expensive to service. One study I saw calculated that the per capita miles of water and sewer pipe QUADRUPLED in one Southern American city in Louisiana. All of those cul-de-sacs and roads and pipes are expensive to maintain and ultimately may be unaffordable. In addition, living amid the trees in low density sprawl exposes populations to wildfire risk. Which, you might say, is their choice, but such wildland-urban interface fires expose other people (fire fighters, police, social service agencies) to demands on their services that can often be deadly. Low density exurbs also tend to be rigorously conservative and fixated on property values. This often has a racial as well as class bias. Donald Trump’s strongest support came not from the mythical “white working class voter” but from affluent gated suburbs amidst the trees.

          That does not mean cities cannot integrate trees and nature into the cityscape. But the mythical suburban homestead on the two acre lot of lawn and ornamental vegetation, while still considered the most desirable framework, especially in the Anglo-influenced world, has some serious impacts that we need to be cognizant of!

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          • makagutu says:

            A friend of mine some time ago made the argument that it would be better for the environment if we parked people in cities ensuring shorter distances for sewers, roads and such like and use the countryside for agriculture, forestry and all. What I forgot to ask was where the farm labour was to stay.

            I have seen conversion of fertile agricultural land to housing as the returns on real estate over time outstrip agricultural returns and at the same time, with people buying cars, they can afford to live outside the city where they say the air is fresh and all.

            Nairobi National park that is a natural boundary to the city is under threat from private developers and greedy people within the state machinery who are trying to excise it for different reasons.


  1. Arkenaten says:

    The shot borer beetle is causing havoc to trees down here and I can’t begin to imagine how many trees will be lost because of this disease – for which there is currently no known cure.
    Another marvelous import from the far east.

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  2. john zande says:

    Keep them. Re-zone green areas so that they can never be developed. Once gone, they’re gone for ever.


  3. Tish Farrell says:

    I’m missing your Kenyan trees, Mak. Especially the fever trees and their spicy scent.

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  4. renudepride says:

    Better under the trees than under the ground. 🙂 Great photos, my Kenyan brother! 😉 Naked hugs!

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