News 2008

 

Letís return to the good old days when the Mau played its role



FRANCIS GIKONYO, Nairobi.

Thursday, August 14 2008 at 19:31



Many have cried their hearts out for the Mau Forest.

Indeed, to be alone in the woods of the Mau in the days of yore in the middle of the night was a chilling experience. The trees and thicket, positioned themselves in a soldierly manner, ready for combat.

Their boughs interlaced in splendour. To a lone ranger all this beauty appeared like well adorned scarecrow.

The musical pitch created by the whistling thorns in the wind reminded us we were accompanied by a stranger. It made the walk in the woods spine chilling.

The quiet itself constituted the perceived attacker. In the mind of the lone ranger, quietness was a snare.

Yet the perceived hunter of mankind was mankind. The fear was magnified; quietness is such that the flight of a bat thunders like a combat aircraft.

Yet mankind needs the soothing quietness and calmness. Many stroll in quiet woods in search of a pleasant atmosphere.

Mankind has been generously endowed with perception. We have instincts that produce remarkable intuition.

We discern, rationalise and comprehend certain sensations, yet we have used this to destroy, not preserve nature.

We have shamelessly entered the Mau and made Sondu Miriu cry for water. Ironically, we are the ones weeping over the low water levels.

The precious quietness of yore is no more. The serene creation has regrettably disappeared and has rapidly been replaced by obnoxious pollution.

The original creation was set in such an orderly manner that a natural dependence of one on the other assured orderly consumption and disposal of waste.

It is technology and occupation that have systematically destroyed the natural order.

All these have had far reaching and hurting effects on the entire earth. The once beautiful and quiet forests, ranges and mountains have been destroyed beyond recognition.

Pollution of everything everywhere has become the order of the day, yet we are still resisting efforts by the few who still cherish renewal of the old unpolluted order.

The ozone layer is being destroyed and the effects of global warming are being felt. Annihilation is stealthily pursuing mankind.

The quiet has been taken away by selfishness, carelessness and ignorance. Yet destroying nature is easier than restoring it.

Unless we stop this onslaught upon the order of nature, we must be prepared for the worst.

During the recent celebrations to mark Worldís Environmental Day, Prof Wangari Maathai said the trees may not feel any pain, but we must be prepared for the scorching and devastating revenge of mother nature.

She said nature would avenge and hit our race in a manner we never expected. Our children will die of hunger, starvation and thirst and we will be helpless.

So letís bring back the quiet woods and enjoy its calmness and quietness.

These lamentations are, hopefully, falling on ears that hear. Mau Forest is a clear manifestation of the cruelty of man to nature.

Itís with relief that Prime Minister Raila Odinga has decided to swim against the tide.

Little did the people know that by saving our natural habitat we were saving ourselves.

In the prestigious list of merit, the Prime Minister has acquired space. Water catchments must be protected at all costs. Politics in this matter must take a back seat.

We must rally behind those few upright leaders who have the insight to understand the importance of keeping nature free of human destruction.

 

 

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