Are we misusing the word Sustainability?

Are we misusing the word Sustainability? Now that we have been attaching it to any project we want to prosper. Nowadays, if you want to get support. Then you have to convince us that it’s sustainable. But do they really mean it in action?

What is Sustainability?

In regards to economic growth, sustainability refers to the ability to be maintained at a certain rate or level.

While in pursuit of global environmental sustainability, it implies avoiding the depletion of natural resources. So as to maintain an ecological balance.

What about the Sustainable Developments?

Involves economic development that is conducted without depletion of natural resources.

Now you can easily understand the sustainable development goals. They are all geared towards ensuring that we don’t too much from our natural resources. We avoid overexploitation so as to allow nature space to regenerate what we take.

Then we adopted..

Sustainable living, sustainable customer service, sustainable work environment, sustainable consumption, and many other sustainable that we thought would help us sell our ideas to the target group.

Are we really living up to its real meaning? Do we really understand what it takes to have a sustainable something?

Can sustainability be measured in our developments?

How do we know that our developments are sustainable or click with sustainability?

Here is where measures come in. Which includes:

The three Rs approach. Where we reduce, reuse and recycle. With this approach, we get to reduce wastage, pollution, and exploitation. This helps to rule out the one-use plastic products, only using what we need and not wasting anything, as well as having something we can refuse for several times.

Capacity building among the public and involved parties. By creating awareness and educating them. Then we get to have informed people that will help advocate for decisions that are eco-friendly and good for our ecosystem.

Nature of the technology. The correct and sustainable technology should be people friendly, positive to the environment, respects our culture, doesn’t use a lot of resources. and produce a minimum of waste.

Offers quality life. The development should be able to have a positive effect on people’s lives in all aspects. That is, socially, economically as well as culturally. No group or class of people should be left out. Each of their needs should be taken into consideration.

Conclusion

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Happy Mother’s Day Mother Nature

Happy Mother’s Day Mother Nature

Happy Mother’s Day Mother Nature. The second week of May allows us an opportunity to celebrate all the mothers in all corners of our planet. We get to salute them for the great job and sacrifice they offer the babies. Both biological, adopted or any form that they got their babies.

No matter how old or how big we may get, we still remain babies to our mothers. They will move mountains for us. And literally, do everything to give us a good life. I salute all Mother’s, you are extremely special to all of us.

This goes to the mothers in the wild too. They have no hospital privileges while giving birth, but they make it happen. Taking good care of their young ones despite the changing environment and scarce resources. They have offered incredible experiences when we give them a visit. And help to keep the populations alive.

What about mother nature?

We owe everything to her, yet she rarely asks anything in return. We push her to the limits, but she continues to fight so as to survive for us. She has offered her natural resources, but we have given her all kinds of pollutions and over-exploitation in return. Resulting in climate change, species extinctions, and many more sad events.

She is a mother that we neglected and choose to ignore. Like other mothers, she chooses not to give up on us and she has been repairing our planet on our behalf. But it’s becoming difficult, as we continue to engage in sophisticated practices that cause severe harm to our environment. Seems mother nature is about to give up on us.

Gift her this Mother’s day by saying NO to everything that causes her harm. Educate more on eco-friendly practices and help many to embrace this lifestyle. Create awareness everywhere and anytime you get an opportunity to do so.

Unlike our Mother’s, whom we have gifted with trips, gifts, hugs, company, etc. Mother nature may not be able to get that, but by creating awareness and practicing it, it’s a great gift. For both mother nature and us.

Conclusion

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Understanding the National Climate Change Action Plan

Did you know that Kenya has a National Climate Change Action Plan?

Did you know that Kenya has a National Climate Change Action Plan? Yes we have one, that runs for five years. Full of solutions on how to curb climate change in our country.

Roles played by this National Climate Action Plan

  • It provides our country with a guideline to accomplish our commitment to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. Which is an international body responsible for helping our planet get solutions for climate change effects.
  • Give us guidelines on how to live with climate change.
  • Offer support while dealing with how we carry out our development activities. Putting in check negative human impacts during such developments.
  • Helps us work on ways to reduce amounts of green house gases we are producing.

Who are involved in this Action Plan?

It’s made up of scientist, analysts, climate change researchers, international organisation representatives, people from ministries that deal with environmental issues, among others.

These people were able to first evaluate climate change impact in our country. Noting the damage already done. So as to come up with adaptation and mitigation measures. That will help reduce the climate change effects.

Almost all parts in the country had some research done in them. And the most affected noted. These are areas that the mitigation measures got applied to first. And the result has been amazing.

People’s response towards National Change Action Plan

  • Through the climate change awareness platforms, people were able to help coming up with ideas to curb climate change.
  • They were able to change waste into useful products.
  • Embraced practices that aided in reduction of greenhouse gases emission.

So far they have been positive progress made and a lot is yet to be done.

So far we have two National Climate Change Action Plan (NCCAP)

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Kenya’s 2nd National Climate Change Action Plan (2018 – 2022)

Kenya’s 2nd National Climate Change Action Plan (2018 – 2022)

Kenya’s 2nd National Climate Change Action Plan (2018 – 2022). It’s basically a continuation and a comprehensive version of the 1st National Climate Change Action Plan of 2013 – 2017.

This Action Plan first identified priory areas that helped shape the details to be included. These priority areas are:

  • Food and Nutrition Security. Whereby they are to assist Kenyans increase food production and nutrition security. By promoting agricultural practices that will produce low carbon.
  • Disaster Risk Management. This is to be addressed by ensuring measures are put in place incase of drought or floods.
  • Water and Blue Economy. Blue economy is still a new concept in our country. So they will be able to guide us on how to sustainably use the available water and other resources that comes along with. Without practicing over-exploitation of these resources.
  • Forestry, Wildlife and Tourism. We are known for our wildlife but their habitat has been shrinking rapidily. We are to increase our forest cover to 10% and rehabilitate degraded lands. This will be a boost to both tourism and wildlife welfare.
  • Health, Sanitation and Human Settlements. Here, the plan is to improve on the solid waste management in urban areas.
  • Energy and Transport. This will help eliminate any energy production that is not climate-proof or contribute to greenhouse gases emissions in huge amounts.

Progress made in this Action Plan include:

  • Development of the National Adaption Plan. That is destined to help Kenyans adapt practices that will help curb climate change.
  • Establishment of climate change funds. That will be used to support the adaptation plans and practices in five counties.
  • Enabled expansion of geothermal, solar and wind power. So as to lower greenhouse gases emissions and natural resources utilization while producing power.
  • Provided improvement in legal and policy framework. Which includes Cimate Change Act 2016, National Climate Change Framework Policy as well as National Climate Finance Policy.

This Action Plan also included more parties such as:

  • National and County governments.
  • Civil Society organizations.
  • Youth
  • Women
  • Vulnerable groups
  • Private sector
  • Development partners

The above are very important in ensuring that this plan yiled success. It has included all the parties that contribute to the greenhouse gases emission . And best people to teach on the adaptation and mitigation plans while dealing with the consequences as a result of climate change.

Why is this Action Plan necessary and timely?

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What Happens Next?

What Happens Next?

What Happens Next? When you have all the information needed to proof that someone somewhere did an injustice. But changes nothing. And you can’t do anything about it.

The Untouchables

Have you ever happened to cross their paths or witness their evil actions. That you have no power to question. And even if you do your best, their money and power set them free.

They reclaim their freedom back and do more harm. Like they are rubbing it all over your face.

How do they feel about the whole issue , deep within them? Do they even have conscious to help them see all the injustices they subject other humans to?

When You try to digest the reality and your stomach end up aching in the process

So I was going through Youtube, looking for anyone talking about environment injustices.

From the big companies that keep dumping their waste into the water bodies. And getting away with the offence. Others , getting involved with harmful gases emissions and no plan to help the accumulation of those gases in that particular area.

Not forgetting those who deforest our forests and care less not to reforest them.

But the one that hurt most, was wildlife land grabbing.

So this video had all the data explaining how the so called untouchable people have been grabbing these lands and dividing it among their family members.

As years went by, they increased and grabbed even more. Leaving the poor and wildlife, homeless.

They even legalized papers for the grabbed land. So it is now legally their land.

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Into the Wild Rabbit Hole

Into the Wild Rabbit Hole

Into the Wild Rabbit Hole. Have you ever been lucky to spot baby wild rabbits in the wild. If not, don’t worry. Many don’t get a chance to spot them. This is due to the technique used by their mother. They are good at hiding their babies.

Did you know that Wild Rabbits hide their babies underground?

One important goal in the wild is to remain alive. So various wildlife has come up with genius ways of protecting their kids. Before they get old enough, to do so on their own.

Especially the ones considered as prey, know very well that anytime. If not careful, they may end up being breakfast, lunch, dinner or late night dessert for some predators.

So the wild rabbits, saw the holes to be the safe haven for its babies. And it has been working well so far.

They only leave a very tiny breathing opening and create leave too many foortprints. As well as their smell to confuse the predators, incase it passes by. It’s how they manage to keep their babies away from their predators.

The mother rabbit limits her trips to the nest, two times. Making it extremely difficult for the predators to find their nest.

Funny enough, they have been observed to make nests in plain areas. Their nests being underground , make it possible to have it in the open fields.

The baby rabbits only come out to feed and get buried back by their mothers.

The mothers are the ones responsible for building these nests. The nests are built in areas with plenty of food as well as good cover for hiding their nests.

The nests are filled with brushes , rabbits’ fur and other smooth materials that are aimed to bring comfort to the nest.

Are Wild Rabbits similar to the bunnies at home?

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Clean Energy, Thermal Energy or Renewable Energy

Clean Energy, Thermal Energy or Renewable Energy

Clean Energy, Thermal Energy or Renewable Energy. All these energies are destined to provide us electricity. A very importance source of power to almost everything we do in our daily lives.

Do you know which of the above your country uses to produce power?

Due to climate change and environmental degradation, most countries have been careful on what means to use while producing power. They are working on doing away with any means that emits greenhouse gases.

Energy bills have also been created and the power providing companies subjected to go by them. These bills are in such a way that production of power doesn’t cause harm to the environment during the whole process.

It also controls how much renewable sources are been extracted. As well as waste management by these companies.

Definitions

Clean energy is simply any form of energy which is created with clean, harmless, and non-polluting methods.

Renewable energy is any type of energy which comes from renewable natural resources, such as wind, rain, sunlight, geothermal heat, and tides.

Thermal Energy (Geothermal energy ) refers to the energy that is generated and measured by heat.

So which energy is good for our planet?

Through the definitions, we are able to eliminate thermal energy. It’s one of the energy that is being discouraged while producing power.

For a safe planet, we are to only use clean energy. But we are yet to get there. So renewable energy has been a better option. As the companies work towards getting fully involved with only clean energy.

Renewable energy can be both bad and good.

When we go ahead and overexploit the renewable resources, then it becomes a bad means of power. As the resources become scarce or depleted.

Samples of energy technologies

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We Need To Talk

We Need To Talk

We Need To Talk. The most fear sentence of line by human kind.

I looked at him and wondered, “Why are so sad?”and what’s the need of the talk?”
He just shook his head and looked the other side.

Had I done something wrong?


I needed to know, so I went ahead and planted my face to his.
He took a deep breath and requested me to sit with him.

“Have you ever though how things would be running here, if human species was never part of it?”

That was not what I was hoping for, so I just stared at him.

“More species are getting extinct each passing day. The climate and weather patterns are no longer predictable. Infact they are becoming unbearable.

The temperatures in the oceans are rising and poles are rapidly melting away. Oxygen is becoming a critical need in the ocean’s floor. How are those species supposed to survive without oxygen.

It’s funny how you joke of how in near future, ice cone will be melting in your hands before you even get a chance to lick it few times. The heat is already here, and as always. It has not yet shock you enough. Can you know enjoy your ice cream in the open around midday?

You still get involved in activities that contribute to both global warming and climate change. Not forgetting causing extinction of other species.

We understand that we need each to survive. But you guys are taking way too much than you are supposed to. You cut all the trees, leaving none for other species and their own reproduction. It’s more of total extraction and ensuring that such as trees have been cleared out.

You have forgotten the principle of sharing and caring about tomorrow.

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Thinking Out Loud

Thinking Out Loud

Thinking Out Loud. I would like to share with some of my thoughts that came as a result of seeing something really depressing. With the dry seasons everywhere, fires have become part of our days. Whereby fires have been burning stuff everywhere.

The wildfires at Mount Kenya and Arabuko Sokoke, are some of the fires that gave me stress. Yet I could not manage to offer any physical help but try to spread word through my writing. Those two fires consumed our indigenous forest cover and a good number of species lost their lives. As well as home and food.

Am yet to know the exact causes of these fires. Will share the findings once I get these findings.

So with that in mind. I see a piece of land that has been burnt. Am not sure if it was done intentional or unintentional. But the good part of it was burnt. A few days earlier I had seen some cattles grazing in this particular land. It doesn’t have much of vegetation, and the available one is very dry.

Can you see the burnt area?
Can you see the burnt area?

My problem, was the location of this piece o land. It is situated between a filling station, garage and a warehouse. Plus there’s a electricity transformer nearby. So I thought to myself, what if things went sideways and this fire spread. Whatever direction it may have been forced to follow. They would have been dire consequences.

Filling Station

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Urban Versus Rural Areas Waste Management Culture

Urban Versus Rural Areas Waste Management Culture

Urban Versus Rural Areas Waste Management Culture. Same species but different behaviors observed. The urban culture seems not to care much of their treatment towards the environment. While the rural culture has little to expose the environment to.

Rural Areas Waste Management Culture

People in the rural areas seem to have a better waste management culture despite not being educated much about it.

The little humans are raised understanding various positive acts towards nature.

Food wastage is almost a heard off in rural areas. They will always consume everything they cook. And if they happen to have some left overs, it will be consumed as breakfast, the following day. No food is allowed to go to waste in these areas.

They also have a culture of serving themselves what they can clear from their plates. Someone better add some more along the way, than leave halfeaten food in their plates.

They are also less exposed to the many packages. They are not addicted to the various unnecessary packagings.

Unfortunately , they do have some downsides:

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