When Was The Last Time You Saw A Ladybird?

When Was The Last Time You Saw A Ladybird?

When Was The Last Time You Saw A Ladybird? Or Should I have asked, Do you know of ladybird? Apparently, we have some of us not lucky enough to have encountered these wonderful and colorful insects. Black and white may not be my best color. But I love them on the ladybird’s wings.

Pointing at a ladybird on a book, she requested some kids to identify which insect it was

Sadly, the kids had no idea of a ladybird. So they had no answer for her. Would you have got the correct answer for her?

Have you ever attended an event that requires kids to draw from their imagination? Or at home, have you ever requested the kids to draw something? What drawings do they draw most?

Due to developments and what they have been exposed to. Depending on where they stay. Will center around what they interact with frequently. As we continue to push nature and convert it to what we consider best. We deny these kids an opportunity to have nature and it’s content into their imaginary world.

Let’s know a little bit about them

Which is scientifically known as Coccinellidae . They belong to the same family as bottles. The little guys that create perfect rounded balls out of dung. Also known as lady beetles.

Some of them may not be necessarily black and red, but rather, yellow/orange and black.

They feed on herbivores insects, hence very important in our farms. Hence predators.

They can be found in cities, grasslands,cities, forests as well as surburbs.

Did you know that killing a ladybird was believed to be unlucky?

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Forests and Insecurity

Forests and Insecurity.

Forests and Insecurity. How do they relate? Do you buy the idea that forests promote insecurity? Are trees generators of insecurity in our society?

Lately, I have seen people on social media connecting trees to insecurity. They are suggesting that planting of trees leads to security compromises. Meaning that when we plant more trees and have a forest. Then we are open to insecurities. Though they acknowledge the importance of shade provided by these trees during the day. Highway authorities tend to blame trees for poor visibility in our roads.

So, Is this to say that our Forests are dangerous?

I don’t agree with any of their accusations. This is because each and everything on our planet has pros and cons. And the pros of having trees in huge numbers, are more than our imaginary cons.

Many years ago, when my country was going through a civil arrest. And my tribe was a target, so we were being chased away / attacked by the other tribe. We had to run away from our homes. I remember when we had found a church to accommodate us for the night. My dad realized that they had not carried enough clothes to keep me and my sister warm. So my dad risked to go back and get me my coat.

It was already very late in the evening and that was the time the bad people were attacking the houses of the “unwanted” tribe. But dad had to get her girl, the coat. Just as he was about to leave our compound and head back to the church. He heard the attackers breaking our gate. He could not go back to the house to avoid being killed when they finally made it to the house. We had a very huge tree within our compound. And that tree is what saved my dad that dreadful night.

On that tree, he witnessed our shop being looted and our neighbor’s houses set on fire. This singular tree saved my dad and helped me finally get a brother a few years later.

The same tree had a bad side too. It had been used once before by robbers to hide. But they were not successful due to our brave dog.

So yes, trees pros will always surpass cons. And no one can firmly say that trees are a danger to our lives. In fact, we are the dangerous one to not only trees but all natural resources.

Tree species and selection matters

What is Your Preferred Source of Protein?

What is Your Preferred Source of Protein?

What is Your Preferred Source of Protein? Are you a vegetarian or non-vegetarian? Which protein source do you like most?

Using plants as source of proteins

Vegetarians and other plant lovers, prefer getting their protein from plants.

It’s also recommended for those trying to shade some few pounds.

Most importantly, those who consume more plants than they do meat, are considered friends of our planet. As they do not promote the emission of human-induced greenhouse gases.

These plants include:

  • Seeds and Nuts
  • Beans and legumes
  • Soy products
  • Grain and cereal-based products

Just like herbivores, for you to get good amount of protein from this plants, then you have to consume them in huge amounts. They take a while to really make you full and digested very fast. Hence an excellent healthy decisions that many shun away from.

I remember how we used to joke that plants are foods for rabbits, and distancing ourselves from them. Until when we became obesed and they turned to be our life savers. So now we know better, ttat they are rich food that should make-up the biggest part of our plate.

Animal’s product that supplies us protein

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What do You Think About BullFighting?

What do You Think About BullFighting?

What do You Think About BullFighting? Do we really need to support such traditions in this century? Do we ever consider the bull’s side of the story?

BullFighting

It’s whereby bulls are made to fight each other, or made to fight with humans.

It is believed to have been borrowed from bull worship and sacrifice. And originated from Rome. Where humans versus animals competitions were held for entertainment purposes.

This then spread to other parts of the world. I guess we got carried away by the famous say, when you go to Rome, do as the Romans do.

Traditional bull fighting has been considered as a cultural/traditional practices. That attract people all over the world. The event have sponsors and sometimes aired on the televisions.

People travel across continents to witness and be part of this awful practice. They fill the stadiums and enjoy seeing the bulls fight for their lives. I wonder if they see it that way.

Bulls are usually ‘prepared’ for the bull fighting event

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What Do You Know About Foxes?

What Do You Know About Foxes?

What Do You Know About Foxes? Are fixed dogs or cats? Beyond their cute fur covering their body and long bushy tail. As well as the qualities attached to them, they are not good pets. Taming them has never perfectly worked. I guess it’s a sign that wildlife should just simply be left to remain in the wild. And left to occupy and live in their natural habitats.

Foxes

They are somehow small to medium omnivores that are dog-like. But not dogs. Mainly feeding on the inverbrates, small vertebrates, as well as plants and eggs.

They have a flattened skull, upright triangular ears, a pointed, slightly upturned snout, and a long bushy tail.

Leach is the term used to describe a group of foxes. While a male fox may be referred to as a tod and a female one as the vixen. The little ones are cubs/pups/kits.

They are several species of foxes but only 12 of them are considered to be true foxes. They include:

  • Red Fox
  • Gray Fox
  • Arctic Fox
  • Fennec Fox
  • Kit Fox
  • Swift Fox
  • Blanford’s Fox
  • Cape Fox / Silver-backed Fox
  • Corsa Fox
  • Tibetan Fox
  • Ruppell’s Fox
  • Bengal Fox/ Indian Fox

They are widely spread across the world. And belong to the same family as the wolves and jackals.

They have a very short lifespan

They can manage to live up to 10 years.

Unlike some dog families that are very social. Foxes may live solitary or be engaged in very small family groups.

Conservation status

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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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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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Critically Endangered Helmeted Hornbill is being tagged for its Ivory

Critically Endangered Helmeted Hornbill is being tagged for its Ivory

Critically Endangered Helmeted Hornbill is being tagged for its Ivory. Whereby its ivory is found on its huge beautiful beak that makes 10% of its body weight.

It’s a very large bird with a wrinkled throat patch.

Where do we find Helmeted Hornbill ?

They mostly feed on the fruits especially those from fig trees. Also, feed on insects, barks, among other creatures.

This birds used to be found in various places, whereby they are currently extinct.

They can currently be found in Indonesia, Brunei, Thailand, Malaysia as well as Myanmar. But now extinct in Singapore.

Where do we find the most sort for ivory in the Helmeted Hornbill

It is found on their beaks, a piece of their body known as casques. Which happens to be a solid keratin in this bird.

It runs from the beak’s base halfway to the tip.

When did they start to be a target for this ivory

These birds have a target for some time now. AAnd this explains why they are now considered critically endangered and extinct in some places.

Unlike other ivory from the huge animals like elephants and the like. Ivory from these birds, can easily be sneaked in by the poachers.

Being soft compared to other ivories , they have to be subjected to heat before being used in making ornaments.

So how do you support fight such ivory and these birds?

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