When Climate Change Stakeholders and Bloggers Come Together, Great Things Happen

When Climate Change Stakeholders and Bloggers Come Together, Great Things Happen

When Climate Change Stakeholders and Bloggers Come Together, Great Things Happen. The just concluded Bloggers sensitization workshop just gave me hope in our ministry of Enviroment and Forestry once again.

A few years ago, immediately after graduating and getting my bachelors degree in Wildlife Management. Just like any graduate, I started looking for a job and my first stop was at the Ministry of Environment and Forestry in one of the county government.

Very prepared and confident that I will get a chance to apply what I had learned in class. I was ready for either a job or an internship, but not what I encountered that day.

As you all know how hard it is to have a sitting with the big guys in the government office. So getting an appointment with him was after a few weeks of constant calls and visits to his office. So he had no choice but allow me a few minutes of his time.

I requested him to let me know some of the projects he was currently having for the benefit of our environment and forest. And the answer almost made me lose my cool. He shamelessly told me that, he was currently helping in digging dams for the community. So as to allow them access to water.

That was not a bad idea, but isn’t that supposed to be done by guys from the ministry of water? So innocently made my question clearer, and inquired if he had any projects that directly profited environment or forest management/cover. And there was none.

I had just got my final paper at the university published and it was promoting the planting of indigenous species. As well as highlighting the negative effects of exotic species. It was one of the ideas that I was to share with him but he was not in a position to welcome the idea. So sadly, I went back home and lost faith in this ministry.

Then Blogging Happened

I tried other environmental fields to get a job, but none came through. Since I had to take care of myself and lessen my parent’s burden, I decided to take any job that crossed my path.

My passion for the environment still stayed with me and that’s how I ended up blogging. I realized I could still educate others through this channel.

And blogging through BAKE (Blogger Association of Kenya) helped me get this amazing opportunity to interact with incredible climate change stakeholders.

When Climate Change Stakeholders and Bloggers Come Together, Great Things Happen

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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?

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The Greater Apes: The ground dwellers Gorillas

The Greater Apes: The ground dwellers Gorillas

The greater apes, the gorillas. Also known as the ground dwelling ape.

Gorillas

They are found in Rwanda, Uganda and Democratic Republic of Congo. In the Virunga Massif, that borders the three countries.

They are huge weighing up to 195 kilograms and stand close to 1.8 meters high. The males are bigger in size than their female counter parts.

They are known of their knuckle-walking whereby , their fore arms rest on the knuckles while walking. While carrying stuff and in defensive, they can walk bipedally like humans.

They heavily feed on the plants. But the diet do differ within the species. Whereby, the Eastern lowland gorillas include a higher quantity of fruits compared to what the Mountain gorilla consume.

Chimpanzees are the closest to humans, and Gorilla follows shortly after the bonobos.

Unlike the other greater apes, gorillas build their nests on the ground and not on trees. This is maybe due to their huge physical structure. The baby gorillas just like the baby chimpanzees, sleep with their mums.

Gorillas subspecies

  • Western gorilla which involves the Western lowland gorillas and Cross river gorilla
  • Eastern gorilla which involves Mountain gorilla and Eastern lowland gorilla.

They are social beings

A group of gorillas is known as a troop. Which comprises of one dominant adult male, a number of females and their babies. Although it has been noted that several adult males may be noted in some troops.

The dominant adult males plays the same roles as the dominant chimpanzee.

They can be able to live up to 40 years in the wild and almost more than 50 years in captivity.

Similarities to the other greater apes

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Let’s Go to the Kingwal Swamp

Let’s Go to the Kingwal Swamp

Let’s go to the Kingwal Swamp. I have been thinking about it for some time and I think it’s time I seriously squeeze it into my next adventures. Stay tuned, I will share how it will unfold. For now, let us get to know a little about this swamp.

Where is Kingwal Swamp found?

It is a wetland located in Nandi County off the Eldoret-Kisumu highway. Covers approximately 10,000 hectares that includes some part of the land donated by the community to the wildlife.

It is a home for the rare and endangered semi-aquatic antelope species, Sitatunga. As well as different species of birds and reptiles.

It’s main source of water is the river Keses.

It’s uniqueness

It is believed to have the largest population of the endangered Sitatunga in the world.

Therefore a very important home for these disappearing antelopes.

The communities and involved bodies are working together to ensure these species don’t get extinct.

What can we enjoy at the Kingwal Swamp

Enjoy viewing and spotting wildlife. The swamp hosts a wide variety of wildlife. Although for the Sitatungas, you may miss them as they are very shy and secretive.

Being a wetland, birds can be easily found in the areas. Hence one of the best spot for bird watchers.

Hiking. It has several trails that you can take long nature walks.

Its located within the Nandi community allowing you a chance to enjoy their cultures.

What do you think?

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What is the state of wetlands?

What is the state of wetlands?

Wetlands will be celebrated on second of February during the World Wetlands day. We will have an opportunity to appreciate important roles played by them. It’s also a time to reflect on the damages, losses and wetland conservation necessities.

In Kenya, our theme will be “Wetlands and Climate Change”. Several organisations will be able to help public understand important facts about our disappearing wetlands. And it will be happening at the Rumuruti in Ewaso Narok located in Laikipia County. We will be campaigning for a healthy wetlands hence healthy communities. Get to know how climate change has affected wetlands.

What are wetlands?

They are characterized as having a water table that stands at or near the land surface for a long enough period each year to support aquatic plants.

They include areas such as the marsh, fen, peatland or water, whether natural or artificial, permanent or temporary, with water that is static or flowing, fresh, brackish or salt, including areas of marine water the depth of which at low tide does not exceed six metres.

They may incorporate riparian and coastal zones adjacent to the wetlands, and islands or bodies of marine water deeper than six metres at low tide lying within the wetlands.

This is per the Ramsar international wetland conservation treaty.

You can recognize them from other land forms or water bodies primarily by the vegetation that has adapted to wet soil.

Wetlands are as a result of flooding from either rains or groundwater. There are also constructed wetlands that are used to treat water from the sewage, capture excess water form storm water runoff.

Important roles played by wetlands

  • Wetlands are very vital in our environments. They help balance several factors that contributes to a healthy environment.
  • Constructed wetlands helps to purity waste water /recycle used water. They are used for water treatment. Also accommodate the excess water runoff from events such as the storm water.
  • Wetlands are important mitigation tool for climate change. According to the Ramsar Convention. The economic worth of the ecosystem services provided to society by intact, naturally functioning wetlands is frequently much greater than the perceived benefits of converting them to ‘more valuable’ intensive land use – particularly as the profits from unsustainable use often go to relatively few individuals or corporations, rather than being shared by society as a whole.
  • They are able to sink carbon, convert greenhouse gases through photosynthesis as well as regulate and store water.
  • They purify water through their cycle of sediments and nutrients. Hence balancing terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems.
  • They are a home to wide biodiversity. This is because of their high number of species present , their small global geographic area,number of species which are endemic to wetlands and their high productivity.
  • They provide resources to both humans and animals. As well as offer habitat to a wide variety of living organisms.
  • They can act as fire breaks for minor wildfires within their locations.

Products that can be extracted from them

  • Food
  • Fuelwood
  • Salt (produced by evaporating seawater)
  • Animal fodder
  • Traditional medicines (e.g. from mangrove bark)
  • Fibers for textiles
  • Dyes and tannins
  • Food converted to sweeteners and carbohydrates

Threats facing them

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How To Get The Best Out Of The Floods

How do we get the best out of the current floods? This post may be a little bit late. I wish I had written it two months ago. Maybe by then, I would have taught a soul or two on how to save the rains we have been receiving. As well as provide some cautions for safety.

It’s very sad and heartbreaking to witness destruction of properties and lives. People arrating how their loved ones and livestock were burried by the moving mud due to landslides and floods. The farms have been destroyed. Food security will be a problem for sure.

The meteorological department did their job well. Offering useful information for the current flood situation. They have failed us before, hence not many believed them at first. Their predications were not taken seriously so people were caught in surprise. Both the county and national governments were advised on various ways to save its citizens. Some complied early enough, some didn’t. And now everyone is crying for help from the national government. Which is very right, since we are its employer and should take good care of us.

So what could we do as citizens.

Always be alert

Equip yourself with all the needed information about the floods. You should be able to know how prone you are towards the floods. If it’s likely to affect you and by what extent.

Relocate to safe zones

If you live on the low lands, it would be wise to move to the high places. You don’t have to wait till the water start rising. As soon as there’s a warning of possible floods in your area, make a point to move out. Prevention is always better than cure.

Salvage your property

Move your valuable items to a safe place. Whatever you are able to save from flood’s possible damage, take it a safe zone. Not forgetting the valuables, supplies, among others.

Avoid movements around flooded area

Don’t try driving through flooded roads or areas. This will protect you from being swept away by the waters. It’s also not safe to walk either. The waves of floods are unpredicatble and dangerous.

The above tips will enable you stay safe during floods. Life is precious and should be guarded.

Is it possible to harvest floods?

Floods give us access to huge amounts of water. The water mostly end up in the soils hence wasted. They are several waters we can apply to get positive results from these floods.

Construction of ponds

Artificial ponds can be built around the flooded areas. These ponds should be used as water storage. Hence built with materials that does not allow water sepage.

Hand dug canals

This involves digging of canals that will cause diversion of the floods into the farms. The farmers should be able to dig these canals before the actual flood for effectiveness. This also allows evenly contribution of floods on the affected areas. Saving vegetation from destruction.

Construction of dams

More dams should also be built to contain the excess water. While building these dams, size should be considered. With the recent outcomes whereby the available dams busted due to the floods. Size should be able to accommodate such incidence.

Reservoirs

These reservoirs will help accommodate spillage from the overflowing dams. They will provide accommodation for more water increasing the harvesting capabilities.

Benefits of Harvesting Rainwater and Floods

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