Let us allow Nature to heal

Let us allow Nature to heal

Let us allow Nature to heal. Time heals everything and nature has its own prescription. All we have to do is, allow it some humble time and space. We all know that nature heals, but we tend to forget that as much as it may heal us. It does need time to heal itself as well.

We pushed it to its limit, hence resulting in the cruel climate change. We introduced the harmful greenhouse gases that weakened its ability to regulate gases on our planet. We reduced it’s reduced by cutting down trees. That it uses to breathe in the carbon dioxide we produce.

Just like when our white body counts go down, and we get vulnerable to various diseases attacks. That is what is happening to nature. The resources that it uses to function well are being eliminated to give space to human developments.

What can we learn from the rains (In Kenya)?

After long periods of dry seasons, the rains finally came.

People had already started losing their lives and livestock to the drought. They migrated to different areas for food and water, which was a temporary solution. Due to the pressure on the already scarce resources, things got worst after a short while.

We went ahead to blame our governments, both the county and national. Some used the opportunity to show off by assisting the affected and making sure we knew about it on social media. We did both good and bad, as that time was concerned.

Then the rains came

At first, the rains didn’t come as per our Kenya Meteorological predictions. Which they later explained that the rains had delayed in Tanzania. But finally. the rains reached us.

Within a few weeks, you could see green everywhere. The dead plants were got their life back and temperatures dropped.

Everyone was relieved and happy to have rains around.

Am happy to report that many people come out to advocate for tree planting. From the public figures, media personalities, common Citizens, conservationists, ministry of Environment and Foresty, among others.

Seedlings have been available at affordable prices in several towns, hence making it easy for Kenyans to plant more trees.

What do we learn from the short time we have been enjoying rainfall?

If plants could manage to be relieved by the rains in such a short time, what happens if we plant more trees. Hence ensuring that we have sufficient ground cover to prevent evaporation of water in the ground.

By having sufficient plant cover in our land, we will be able to secure groundwater for a longer time. As we plant and grow trees, we should also grow the ground plants such as grass as well. Leaving no blanks in the available space.

Our grown trees will help offset our carbon, giving us back the fresh air.

What I also advocate for, is planting and growing trees in our arid areas.

We have parts of our country that is always dry. People in these areas are nomadic hence move from time to time.

Being an arid area, we should try to plant indigenous trees adapted to such areas. Hence turning these little “deserts” to beautiful green lands. We should be able to harvest the ongoing rains to support irrigation farming so as to avoid famine.

By planting indigenous trees in these areas, supplying them with water and ensuring that they grow. We will help nature repair itself. Hence turning into something beautiful and green. Hence providing the community with the resources they need.

Conclusion

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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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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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How do we sell the environmental concept without having it diluted?

How do we sell the environmental concept without having it diluted?

How do we sell the environmental concept without having it diluted? Environmental concepts have been facing opposition or get diluted when we push hard for them.

Public and other related parties are supposed to be able to embrace such concepts. By first understanding them, accepting and appreciating them. When they get to understand why doing something in a certain way is safe and important. They will be able to accept that particular way.

The next step would be to appreciate that proposed way wholly without looking for shortcuts or cheaper ways. After all cheap is expensive.

Appreciation will help the involved parties to stick to the given concept without thoughts that may lead them to it’s dissembling it to fit their greed desires. They will strive to meet the standard for a given concept and thus accomplishing the desired results

Some of the concepts that been diluted and conformed negatively

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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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What’s your preference between bathtub or shower?

What’s your preference between bath tub or shower? The question that came to my mind today morning as I took a shower. I thought of the water volumes involved and thought why not explore it with my readers.

Most of us will prefer shower, especially in the mornings on your way to work or somewhere in a hurry. While bath tub are preferred and associated to romance or just having some quality time after a long day.

But does our water usage impact considered while decided whether to go for a shower or opt for a bath tub. I doubt if it even come to our imagination.

I think we are only advised to wash our hands under running water. But the rest of the body can accommodate less water.

Shower

While standing below a running shower, you may not realize how much water you are using.

Some of us leave the showers open from the minute we set foot into the bathroom till the end. Not forgetting how some of us spends lots of minutes inside there. So you can guess how many cubic meters of water waster in every such baths.

Bath tub

For bath tub, the amount of water is controlled and constant. Hence can be controlled to avoid misusing water.

Although, some times we tend to have huge bath tubs that end up consuming as much water as the one that would have used ina shower.

So why am I talking about shower and bath tubs?

Water is one of the natural resources that are becoming too scarce with time.

Safe water for drinking will soon disappear from our taps. And the long tantalizing warm showers will be a history.

We are yet to embrace 100% water cycle around the world.

Meaning, most of the used water get wasted into the soils that are too dry to enable the water make way into the water tables.

Drylands are the worst victims, as the water tables are getting deeper and deeper. Thus too hard to be dropped.

Fresh water has directly been affected by the climate change. The rivers are drying, deforestation took away all the trees that helped in rains formation, among others.

This means that if we continue wasting the available fresh water, we have few years to do so. After which we will have no more fresh water.

Conclusion

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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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Primates: The Most Developed and intelligent Animal Species

Primates: The Most Developed and intelligent Animal Species

Primates, they most Developed and intelligent animal species on our planet. It also includes humans, who happens to be the most developed and intelligent.

Basic knowledge about primates

Primates are characterized by large brains relative to their body shape, and an increased dependency on their visual acuity compared to their other senses.

Compared to other mammals, they tend to have slower rate in reaching maturity. But on the bright side, have a longer lifespan.

They are very social animals. But depending on the various species, some may live in solitude, paired or groups in their adult lives.

Do you love climbing on stuff, from trees, mountains, hills? Don’t worry, you are a very normal private. Because privates involves species that posses adaptations for climbing trees. So yes, lets use our climbing skills effectively.

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What do you need to have unforgettable trip in the wild?

What do you need to have unforgettable trip in the wild?

Everyone looks forward to having an epic time out there during their trip. To create unforgettable moments and memories. To have one of a lifetime trips/weekend/safaris, etc.

It’s a time to shake up the usual, let go the burden and stress of life as well as allowing our soul time to heal and rejuvenate. So it has to be one of a kind.

Everything that gives best results includes proper prior arrangements and preparations. You can’t just go blindly hoping that things will sort themselves out. You may end up not enjoying your time in the wild.

Nature is full of surprises, both bad and good. The plan may change but it was better to have had a plan anyway. Because it helps to smoothen the surprises .

So what are the basics for such trips?

  • Knowledge about the place you are planning to visit

It’s very important to do a research about the place you are planning to visit. This is irregardless of whether you will have a local guide or not.

The research will help you know what to expect. From the local community and their cultures. You don’t want to find yourself in trouble for offending any of that. Or not being able to mingle well with the locals. To really enjoy some where new, locals offer the best intel.

Research helps you know about the weather patterns and geographical structures. You will know what animals to look for, plants native to that area, and many more.

Ideally, the research gives you a preview of your trip. An angle to ensure that you fully exploit that place.

  • Documents

Ensure to carry with you all the needed documents to avoid any inconveniences.

  • Budgeting

Money is very vital. You have to know how much you need to be able to enjoy your trip. And always carry more than you expect to use. Know how much stuff cost in your area of interest, exchange rate if need be and pricing of different things.

Write down all the activities that will need you to pay for. Research will offer you this information.

  • Map of the area or a GPS and a guide book

Technology has made it easier not to get lost in new places as well as offering directions to various points. So having a GPS device with you is vital.

Map is also very important if you want to explore all the hidden nature treasure. The map will help you find the caves, waterfalls, parks, and many others. Basically, map is your google in the wild.

If you don’t want to miss all the fun spots, carry a map plus a compass with you. These two tools make explorations one amazing adventure.

Guide books helps in a wide variety of tasks. From helping you in understanding the local language, giving you directions to places such as hostels/restaurants/ATMs/public transport/etc. You don’t have to risk be lied to by the ”unwilling” strangers.

It’s an evil world and not everyone will treat you well all the time. It’s good to have some basic knowledge to stay safe.

  • Understand seasons and consider your timings

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