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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It All Starts With You

It All Starts With You

It All Starts With You. Whether small or big, or whether we believe or not. Everything boils back to you.

Do you want to be alive tomorrow? Living in a condusive environment? With no corrupt leaders? Coming up with crappy policies that infringes your rights? Forcing you to life threatening diseases and discomfort?

Then, you have to act. Act as if your life depends on it. Because it literally does depend on it. It seems that we get used to injustices and mishandling to a point of no longer caring what is being done to us and other human beings.

But am only one person, what impact do I have?

There is where you are dead wrong.

Most life changing decisions were suggested by individuals who believed in themselves. Eventually got backed up by more supporters. So if that one person would have remained silent then no change would have happen.

No change is too small, or anyone too young/old to make these changes. It just need you and me, deciding to make that bold step.

You know littering environment is wrong, go ahead and tell that one person who keeps throwing stuff everywhere. It may be an uncomfortable conversation, but its productive for both living organisms and nature.

It all start with you in those little steps

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Does Greenhouses emit Greenhouse Gases?

Do Greenhouses emit Greenhouse Gases?

Do Greenhouses emit Greenhouse Gases?We have al been advised on the green house gases that contribute to climate change.And advised on their low emissions as we work towards zero emissions.

What is a Green House?

It simply applies to a controlled environment climate wise.

The controlled factors include temperatures, light and shade levels, water supply to the plants, fertilizer application, as well as atmospheric humidity.

Normally involving a material that looks like a glass or a plastic paper. Which is used as walls for this controlled environment.

The sizes and shapes varies, and can either be used for both domestic and commercial agricultural production.

It is mainly used for vegetation, fruits and horticultural produce.

They can be used to promote food production in areas affected by dry seasons or degraded weather conditions.

Climate change has resulted to unpredictable weather patterns, so it may be difficult to use traditional methods of farming.

Understanding Greenhouse effect

Greenhouse effect is a natural process that warms the Earth’s Surface, whereby the warmth is trapped at the lower atmosphere.

This is due to the greater transparency of the atmosphere to visible radiation from the sun than to infrared radiation emitted from the planet’s surface.

When greenhouse gases are involved, the radiations will travel to different directions.

Earth’s natural greenhouse effect is critical to supporting life. Human activities, mainly the burning of fossil fuels and clearing of forests, have strengthened the greenhouse effect and caused global warming.

What gases make up greenhouse gases?

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What Happens To the Wildlife and other Species when Hit By Drought?

What Happens To the Wildlife and other Species when Hit By Drought?

What Happens To the Wildlife and other Species when Hit By Drought? Does it cross our mind when helping humans struck by drought? Do we include them in plans made to help out those being affected by this dangerous calamity?

Climate change and global warming have given birth to severe calamities such as droughts. Which has greatly hit parts of the world, especially Africa. People and other living organisms die as result of lack of food and water. They starve to death. I can only imagine the pain that goes along with it.

Have you ever missed a meal or drink for several hours, due to unavoidable circumstances? Maybe your hiking takes longer than you anticipated and no shop to do a refill? Every cell in your body cries out loud and pain can be unbearable.

At least in this scenario, you have hope that someone in the next day of couple of hours. You will get something to eat and drink. But that’s not the case when a drought hits you. As much you may have hope that someone may come in your rescue. The hope is pretty slim.

When drought hit wildlife

Wildlife in areas hit by drought suffer a lot and put themselves in trouble with the community.

They will be forced by the circumstances to move into the communities’ space. Leading to increased human-wildlife conflicts. In the process losing their lives or getting hurt really bad.

They are also targeted as food source in such times.

Most of the water sources in the conservation areas and areas occupied by wildlife depend on the natural sources. Like rains, rivers, among others. Unlike us, they don’t have tapped water directed to the natural homes.

So the rains and rivers continue to vanish in our planet. Water sources disappear in wildlife areas. Wildlife ends up traveling long distances and invaing communities’ space in search of water.

With no rains and dried rivers, the soils will be equally dry. So vegetation dries up shortly aftrewards.

On top of, poaching and diseases, natural calamities contribute to massive wildlife wipe out.

Should we relocate wildlife in affected areas?

That may be seen as an option, but it would be a bad one.

This is because this will cause pressure on the available resources in that particular area. Thus creating more problems to the other wildlife.

So what should we do about it?

Continue reading here.

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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In Support of, ”This is Ground Zero. Support the Future”

In Support of, ”This is Ground Zero. Support the Future”

In Support of, ”This is Ground Zero. Support the Future”. This has been done in different cities through protests by school kids. With one message, for political leaders to pay attention and stop politizing everything.

Greta Thunberg is a sweet girl aged 16 years. Very passionate climate activist that have been protesting for change among the political leaders. She has touched and convinced many despite her young change. Clear indicator that anyone can cause change, and age remains just a number.

It’s true many may ignore children’s advise as they are seen not mature enough. Or assumed that don’t know much. But she proved us wrong. She was able to see the ugly side of humans.

Whereby the poor suffer for the few rich people to have a better live. Where we get to suffer consequences of others and still say nothing. Or made to remain silence / lied to when we decide to speak up.

Are parents paying attention?

Read the full article here.

What Happens To the Wildlife and other Species when Hit By Drought?

What Happens To the Wildlife and other Species when Hit By Drought?

What Happens To the Wildlife and other Species when Hit By Drought? Does it cross our mind when helping humans struck by drought? Do we include them in plans made to help out those being affected by this dangerous calamity?

Climate change and global warming have given birth to severe calamities such as droughts. Which has greatly hit parts of the world, especially Africa. People and other living organisms die as result of lack of food and water. They starve to death. I can only imagine the pain that goes along with it.

Have you ever missed a meal or drink for several hours, due to unavoidable circumstances? Maybe your hiking takes longer than you anticipated and no shop to do a refill? Every cell in your body cries out loud and pain can be unbearable.

At least in this scenario, you have hope that someone in the next day of couple of hours. You will get something to eat and drink. But that’s not the case when a drought hits you. As much you may have hope that someone may come in your rescue. The hope is pretty slim.

When drought hit wildlife

Wildlife in areas hit by drought suffer a lot and put themselves in trouble with the community.

They will be forced by the circumstances to move into the communities’ space. Leading to increased human-wildlife conflicts. In the process losing their lives or getting hurt really bad.

They are also targeted as food source in such times.

Most of the water sources in the conservation areas and areas occupied by wildlife depend on the natural sources. Like rains, rivers, among others. Unlike us, they don’t have tapped water directed to the natural homes.

So the rains and rivers continue to vanish in our planet. Water sources disappear in wildlife areas. Wildlife ends up traveling long distances and invaing communities’ space in search of water.

With no rains and dried rivers, the soils will be equally dry. So vegetation dries up shortly aftrewards.

On top of, poaching and diseases, natural calamities contribute to massive wildlife wipe out.

Should we relocate wildlife in affected areas?

Read the full article here.

Are the Mountains Safe from the Development Activities?

Are the Mountains Safe from the Development Activities?

Are the Mountains Safe from the Development Activities? Or are they vulnerable just like the other parts of conservation areas.

From the previous blog, we were to get to know some of mountains found in the amazing Kenya. It’s important I let you know that some of those mountains act as the source of water to most part f the country. They literally hold our lives as water is life.

Apart from being a source of many rivers and springs, they offer habitat to our wildlife and allow engage in various outdoor activities.

Wildlife land encroachment and grabbing have been the greatest and deadliest threat to the survival of wildlife. The land being grabbed was the one considered convenient for farming and adjusted to the farms. Mostly, the flat areas.

This may make you think that mountains are safe. But that’s not the case. We are still losing them to developments and civilization.

Threats facing Mountains

  • Best trees are mostly found in the mountains. Hence loggers will target these places. Promoting deforestation and distrusting the vegetation cover in these particular mountains. They will do their best to sneak into these forests and cut down the trees.
  • Demand for geothermal energy. This mostly affect the active volcano mountains. Energy companies over exploit them, destroying them in return. They go ahead to build plants at the foot of these mountains, introducing tarmacked roads, among other developments. Which cause more destruction to anything in the mountains. Wildlife get killed by the speeding vehicles. Caves used by indigenous species get destroyed as they drill into the calderas. Continuous drilling lead to destruction of the vegetation within the mountains.
  • Mountains are being bulldozed down to provide room for developments. This happens to the mountains that are within communities outside conservation areas. They are made flat like they never existed in the first place. It’s vegetation and animals, disappear in the process.
  • The wildfires. The ones that occur naturally have less damage and more benefits. But the ones caused by humans, end up wiping away both vegetation and wildlife (insects, big animals, birds, etc).

Destruction of the mountains due to development activities is our loss

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Understanding Environmental Racism

Understanding Environmental Racism

Understanding Environmental Racism. It’s something that was noted many years ago. As mankind embraced civilization and urbanization.

Environmental Racism

It refers to any environment injustice happening or directed to the minority groups. That is, whether practiced or applied in policies.

How can you identify an environmental racism act?

  • When you notice exposure of harmful waste to particulars areas.
  • Vulnerability of a community to problems such as the floods.
  • Discriminatory waste management
  • Inaccessibility of safe to drink water.

The above qualify to be a case of environmental racism , if they are done intential and directed to a particular minor group.

This to mean that, for developing countries that are not able to provide all its citizens with safe to drink water. Can not be said to practice environmental racism. But when the rich and able decide to expose the poor with their harmful waste. Then this qualifies as an environmental racism.

It simply implies directing negative outcomes as a result of human impact on other humans who have nothing to do with it. Sadly, the receiver of the bad news. Suffering consequences of actions by the abled ones.

But why would someone do that to the other humans?

Environmental racism is as a result of environmental injustices. What do we do to ensure we observe and practice environmental justice.

I came across some principles that may help us understand how to be fair to the environment and the minor groups.

Principles of Environmental Justice adopted by Delegates to the First National People of Color Environmental Leadership Summit held on October 24-27, 1991, in Washington DC.

Environmental justice :

  • Affirms the sacredness of Mother Earth, ecological unity and the interdependence of all species, and the right to be free from ecological destruction.
  • Demands that public policy be based on mutual respect and justice for all peoples, free from any form of discrimination or bias.
  • Mandates the right to ethical, balanced and responsible uses of land and renewable resources in the interest of a sustainable planet for humans and other living things.
  • Calls for universal protection from nuclear testing, extraction, production, and disposal of toxic/hazardous wastes and poisons and nuclear testing that threaten the fundamental right to clean air, land, water, and food.
  • Affirms the fundamental right to political, economic, cultural and environmental self-determination of all peoples.
  • Demands the cessation of the production of all toxins, hazardous wastes, and radioactive materials, and that all past and current producers be held strictly accountable to the people for detoxification and the containment at the point of production.
  • Demands the right to participate as equal partners at every level of decision-making, including needs assessment, planning, implementation, enforcement and evaluation.
  • Affirms the right of all workers to a safe and healthy work environment without being forced to choose between an unsafe livelihood and unemployment. It also affirms the right of those who work at home to be free from environmental hazards.
  • Protects the right of victims of environmental injustice to receive full compensation and reparations for damages as well as quality health care.
  • Considers governmental acts of environmental injustice a violation of international law, the Universal Declaration On Human Rights, and the United Nations Convention on Genocide.
  • Must recognize a special legal and natural relationship of Native Peoples to the U.S. government through treaties, agreements, compacts, and covenants affirming sovereignty and self-determination.
  • Affirms the need for urban and rural ecological policies to clean up and rebuild our cities and rural areas in balance with nature, honoring the cultural integrity of all our communities, and provided fair access for all to the full range of resources.
  • Calls for the strict enforcement of principles of informed consent, and a halt to the testing of experimental reproductive and medical procedures and vaccinations on people of color.
  • Opposes the destructive operations of multi-national corporations.
  • Opposes military occupation, repression and exploitation of lands, peoples and cultures, and other life forms.
  • Calls for the education of present and future generations which emphasizes social and environmental issues, based on our experience and an appreciation of our diverse cultural perspectives.
  • Requires that we, as individuals, make personal and consumer choices to consume as little of Mother Earth’s resources and to produce as little waste as possible; and make the conscious decision to challenge and reprioritize our lifestyles to ensure the health of the natural world for present and future generations.

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What is this Carbon Footprint?

What is this carbon footprint?

Have you heard of it or saw it in some titles ? People throwing the word as they talk about climate change. Urging us to reduce our carbon footprint. Then you wonder what is this thing that am to reduce?

Definition

Carbon footprint is the amount of carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere as a result of activities of an individual, organization or community.

So what are these activities that contribute to carbon footprint?

Almost everything we do contribute some carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. These activities includes: driving, flying, using your laptops, production and use of plastic bags, consumption of inorganic produce, using public means, and many others.

As you can see, a wide variety of our activities does contribute to carbon footprint. Some can be avoided while others, we have to include in our livelihood for survival.

Steps involved in reducing our carbon footprint

Calculate your carbon footprint.

We have several carbon foot print calculators all over the internet. Use them to determine how much carbon dioxide you release to the atmosphere as a person.

You can also be able to determine how much of it is released by your community or your place of work. This will help you evaluate your starting point and an idea of what you are dealing with.

Set a target of how much carbon dioxide release you want to eliminate

Results of your carbon dioxide release will help you determine what you can avoid and what you can’t. So the target will target what you can avoid. You will need to place a target.

Target helps you get a clear view on what you need to do. Offering a smooth pave to attaining your goal.

Reducing your carbon footprint

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