World Environment Day 5-6-2019

Thoughts on World Environment Day

5 June 2019
World Environment Day

Over fifty years ago, in 1964, Carl Jung wrote:
“As scientific understanding has grown, so our world has become dehumanized… No voices now speak to man from stones, plants, and animals, nor does he speak to them believing they can hear. His contact with nature has gone, and with it has gone the profound emotional energy that this symbolic connection supplied.”
Carl Jung, 1964

Today I recommit to protect with all means at my disposal what is not ours to destroy.


I wrote this poem:

I seek silence of leaves
Wisdom of trees
Gift of birds
Considering me
With tilted heads
– Alert eyes-
Before landing on my hand
-I have passed their test
I am honoured-
Here the dust,
Patient shrubs
Flutters of Sand Grouse
Trumpeting elephants
And grazing impala
-standing like fawns
In the shade of the Euclea.



This abridged version of a chapter:

“No sign of human life intruded, no smoke of fires.. This was Africa as it used to be, and soon will be no longer, lonely, magnificent, and alive with secrets“
The Sorcerer Apprentice
Elspeth Huxley

“Now, that Ol ari Nyiro has become an island of life surrounded by parched landscapes, to reward the dedication of my lifetime, that my hair has grown silver and the artist of time has drawn fine wrinkles on my face like in a faded sketch, I watch calmly the endless savannah I have nurtured, all covered in African olives, acacias and croton.

The rolling lelechwa, like in an extraordinary tapestry, stretches untouched as far as the eye can see.
I can spot sometimes a solitary giraffe ambling unhurried from the thickness of the trees, a small family of elephants feeding from the wide branches of the acacia, and I know, with a glory in my heart, that the tears have not been in vain, the days of tireless work and the sleepless nights of watching over the land, ears strained to detect the sound of gunshots, dreading to receive another emergency call, were all worth it, and this is my reward.

The wilderness may have shrunk the world over, but not here. I have been her guardian.“

This is how I had began this story, three years ago.
But much has happened since.


On 5th June 2019

Kuki Gallmann



The Gallmann Memorial Foundation

Ol Ari Nyiro Laikipia Nature Conservancy
Dedicated to the Coexistence of People and Nature in Africa
P.O. Box 63704 00619 Nairobi Kenya

Please help us with the ongoing rebuilding and the maintaining of vital conservation infrastructure on Laikipia Nature Conservancy, while supporting our philanthropic work of education and scholarships, community support, assistance to neighbours, public health, food drought relief, water, road building and maintenance.

And of course continuing to equip the outstanding team of rangers with uniforms, transport, binoculars, infrared cameras and everything they need to continue to protect and monitor the unique Biodiversity of Ol Ari Nyiro, and also support our ongoing re-forestation project to combat global warming by planting more and more indigenous trees.

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