Youth from Garissa County gets honored as Tree Ambassador

Oct 1st, 2013 | By | Category: Environmental News, Youth Blog
Abdikadir Aden Planting a tree at World Environmental Day

Abdikadir Aden Planting a tree at World Environmental Day

Meet Abdikadir Aden, also known as Mr.Environment from Garissa. The 25 year old youth is a great inspiration, especially to youth in this country and beyond.

Coming from a minority community in Northern Kenya, Abdikadir is a young leader who exhibits big change for his society. He is committed and dedicated in every step he makes, giving back to his people as a volunteer and an environmental activist. He is an emerging icon of peace through environmental conservation.

Being honored as a Tree Ambassador, marks his fifth achievement, the first one being during Garissa Youth Summit for bringing a solution to community challenge in the year 2010. In the same year, he was recognized in the East Africa Community Service and received Youth Volunteer of the Year Award in 2010 for having sacrificed his time and resources for community service through Volunteer Services Overseas (VSO) and Ufadhili Trust, Nairobi.

In 2012, Abdikadir became Children and Youth Tunza Eco-Generation Regional Ambassador to North Eastern Kenya for Samsung Engineering Company and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP); A networking platform for Children and Youth. Through this, he exhibited good performance and leadership in supporting environmental activities in his community as a young leader.

This year, he received an African Young Achiever Award by the African Achievers Awards for his contribution as an empowered youth to the development of Africa at a colourful celebration held on 23rd February at Hilton Hotel Nairobi.

On Wednesday 26th June, 2013, Abdikadir was honoured as “Tree Ambassadors” in The Total Eco Challenge “Tree Ambassador” awards by Total Kenya. Total Eco Challenge has recognized him for personally recording exceptional achievement in tree planting, and being an inspirational and driving force to others. Abdikadir expresses his dedication that day by stating, “I am very happy tonight for this achievement. The best achievement that I got is giving back to my society. I will always dedicate myself and serve my community with passion and continue to inspire other young people”.

Abdikadir promotes climate change and environmental conservation and environmental protection. This involves advocating for the environment, supporting community environmental projects, ensuring environmental sustainability, and addressing different local and global environmental issues such as Global warming and Climate Change.

He hopes to deliver and support Garissa County Government in ensuring a clean and healthy environment.

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