- The announcement comes after President Ruto's leadership in a national tree-planting initiative, where 100 million trees were planted nationwide.
President William Ruto has been honoured by Time magazine, earning a place among the world's 100 most influential leaders in shaping global climate change.
The announcement comes after President Ruto's leadership in a national tree-planting initiative, where 100 million trees were planted nationwide.
Alongside President Ruto, Yvonne Aki-Sawyerr, the mayor of Freetown, Sierra Leone, was also recognized on the prestigious list.
Time magazine's "Time 100 Climate" ranking aims to acknowledge individuals who have significantly contributed to combating climate change on a global scale.
The release of the list on November 16, 2023 underscores the efforts and achievements of the selected leaders in addressing climate change challenges worldwide.
President Ruto's inclusion reflects his vocal stance and commitment to fighting climate change in Kenya and across Africa. The recent tree-planting holiday held on November 13th aligns with his vision of planting 15 billion trees within a decade, a crucial step in mitigating the impact of climate change.
President Ruto's dedication to addressing climate change extends beyond national initiatives. In September, he hosted the inaugural Africa Climate Summit in Nairobi, which resulted in a joint declaration urging major polluters to allocate more resources to support developing nations.
This regional effort highlights President Ruto's commitment to fostering international collaboration and amplifying Africa's voice in the global fight against climate change.
Despite President Ruto's ambitious tree-planting goals, he has faced criticism, with some branding him a hypocrite due to his failure to curb illegal logging in public forests.
Just last month, the environmental court halted a directive issued by President Ruto in June that lifted a logging ban imposed in 2018.
Climate change poses significant risks to Kenya's economy, with the World Bank warning that the country's economic output could decline by 7.25% by 2050 if decisive action is not taken to tackle climate change.