WORLDWIDE FUND FOR NATURE (WWF): Dr. Bosire
On his opening speech, Dr. Bosire said WWF was closely working with the National Government and the County Government to establish a department that will use geospatial techniques in the prospecting of minerals through analyzing large geo-spatial data. Geo-spatial techniques is used to plan for use of the available space and natural resources by the use of GIS technology, which identify the area through mapping, identify the resource, quantify, value it and then exploit it in a way that is safe and able to reduce poverty of the people near the resource and the country at large ( this is planning using information). He told the students that WWF will partner with the University to offer them a good opportunity for employment, research and Green innovation, provide funds for proposal writing and give them exposure on data analysis. He urged the university to organize more seminars and investor conferences to allow outsiders to give public lecture to the students to open them up to more ideas on Environmental conservation, research and innovation and job opportunities for the graduands. The WWF will be organizing an innovation week, and invite students to showcase their innovation and project work on conservation and compete to win funding from the organization. He urged the students request the University to invest more on the use of Solar Energy to heat 70% of their domestic Water. He told them to work with communities at and around the University, to educate them on the use of solar energy to reduce dependency on Hydro- Geothermal energy for cleaner and safer environment. The director said that, currently there is a law requiring every county Government to develop Energy plans on sustainable energy acquisition and this can offer them an opportunity for research and also employment. He encouraged them to be keen on what is happening in the counties nationally, regionally and also globally in terms of policy development and implementation to open up their minds by partnering with them in their pursuit for employment. The students should follow an example he gave on a discovery made by a man in Muranga, who discovered a Hydro- Machine. This machine is supplying his homestead with electricity, his villagers and selling the excess power to the Kenya Power and Lighting Company who is being supported by the WWF. He challenged the students to move to the rural areas and make sure that 80% of the country is on green economy challenge by urging the use of Solar energy, Wind, Biogas Natural Gas and champion the ban of Plastic Bags. The students should also help in fundraising initiatives to enable the organization partner with them to offer scholarships, innovation and incubation ideas to them and others.
SAFARICOM: MR ALFRED OSIKO
The speaker gave a lecture on Safaricom sustainability vision strategy and action 2016, where he highlighted on the company’s strategic Development Goals (SDGs) and how the company is implementing them. He majored on the impact of industrialization and infrastructure and its impact on environment. He gave an example of MKopa Loan as one of the initiatives the company has started towards green Economy. M-KOPA makes high quality solar affordable for everyone. By offering the mobile installment method of paying for solar energy, the company has pioneered a better way to supply safe power to millions of off-grid homes. M-KOPA Solar sells solar home systems on an affordable mobile money payment plan, with an initial Ksh 3500 deposit, followed by 365 payments of 45 cents. After completing the payment package, customers own a world-class solar home system, with multiple lights, phone charging and a radio. On the safaricom’s transmission masks which are said to be emitting electro- magnetic frequencies which are harmful to human cells a notion he disputed and said that it is not true because the frequencies emitted were 700-800 Mhz which are not harmful. On energy consumption of the transmission masks he noted that safariom is lookin for ways of developing energy sources which are environmental friendly and not emitting any carbon at all.
Role of climate change towards achieving a green economy and poverty reduction
MISS SUSSY WANDERA
The speaker told the students that to achieve this goal requires a complete change of the mind set to be able to reduce water scarcity through low evaporation by planting many trees. She said that there is a law adopted by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, aimed at controlling atmospheric pollution and eradication of poverty by campaigning on sustainable development goals, which are aimed at mitigating climate change, adoption of green economy, growth of income and empowerment. This she said is driven by public and private investments, human and social equality, intergenerational and gender equity on all aspects of climate change, adoption of all guiding values and principles on low carbon emission. All this will help Kenya in realizing vision 2030 and transform the country to be globally competitive. Ministry of environment and natural resources
DR. AYUB MACHARIA-DIRECTOR (ESD) FOR GREEN ECONOMY
He began by saying that Ecologically Sustainable Development (ESD) is under national Environment and Management Authority. Kenya’s National Strategy for Ecologically Sustainable Development defines ecologically sustainable development as: 'using, conserving and enhancing the community's resources so that ecological processes, on which life depends, are maintained, and the total quality of life, now and in the future, can be increased’. The Department of the Environment, Water is the lead Government agency for developing and implementing national policy, programs and legislation to protect and conserve the natural environment. One of the key functions of the department is to promote and support ecologically sustainable development. The department has implemented a number of initiatives to progress sustainability in Kenya, like Environmental pollution especially water pollution through burst sewer lines, Air Pollution from industries, Charcoal burning in drylands, Tyre burning which produces a lot of smoke , waste generation, noise pollution and slum dwelling. He said that Green Economy is centered on investing in new and expanded market opportunities that support low carbon emission resources in the ocially inclusive pathway. The only way to go green was to avoid wastage, reduce carbon emissions, increase value productivity and use cheap options by engaging in environmental competitions, performances, use of publications, media publicity and cooperate social responsibility. He said that some of the solutions to green economy is an efficient environmental sustainability planning, pollution control, climate change mitigation and adaptation, environmental Ecological enhancement and partnering with other stakeholders. Finally he challenged the students to look for climate change adaptation ways of reducing pressure on the environment especially the negative effects to reduce global warming through tree planting.
Integrated environmental risk assessment and management: PROF.SIMON ONYWERE
This was a lecture which majored on chapter 5 of the new constitution which deals with the environment. He urged the students to take some time and read the whole chapter to find out what the law says about Environmental protection. The main focus of the lecture was on location, space and time and touched on the problems facing our environment, like land degradation brought about by intensification of agriculture, settlement and industrialization, soil erosion and hydrological cycle, urban waste and sanitation, heavy metal pollution through mining, poor water and soil quality and compromised biodiversity( plant fish etc). This he said will lead to decrease in land cover, reduction in rangelands, reduction in wetland vegetation, and increase in areas under crop cultivation and expansion in arid areas impacting on the biodiversity. Drainage systems becoming turbid and all wetlands within the urban areas receiving a lot of waste discharge. To solve all this one will require spatial thinking.one must know that what you are doing will affect others around you .one needs to observe what is happening, interpret it (why it is like that) and know how to respond to the problem. He also urged the students to use the GIS technology to understand the ecology and create an inventory of the natural resources social environment
DR JULIET KIMEMIA
She defined social environment as the people we live with. We are alive because the conditions around us are right and that we need to create a stable society by making sure that the resources we use are able to support themselves. She told the students that they have a social responsibility to enlighten the society on a responsible use and management of the environment. she said that in order to create a stable environment, we need to adopt green energy resources, clean environment and stop complaining and change our mindset towards environmental conservation and the people who live around us. She said that there is a big disconnect between the common man and the political class which needs to be urgently addressed in order to affect sustainable policies to protect our natural resources. Kenya green building society
Mr. Francis Kimani
The Kenya Green Building Society (KGBS) is an independent, non-profit membership-based society registered with the World Green Building Council as its Kenya Chapter. KGBS is mandated to certify the built environment, advocate for green buildings and train green building professionals. KGBS is the leading Green Building movement in the Kenyan market that ensures buildings are designed and built sustainably. Currently, KGBS using Green star SA rating tool We are a dedicated team of professionals working in collaboration with industry experts, leaders, government departments to develop modern day building best practices crafted to suit the Kenyan dynamic property industry. If we start now every new building in Kenya will be carbon neutral. This was the starting point of his lecture. He told the participants that if we start taking care of the environment the environment will take care of us in future. The Kenya Green building Society takes care of energy, water use storage and pollution people’s health and wellbeing minimizes waste and maximizes usage of the natural resources. They are involved in advocacy and promotion; urge the better use of natural resources, education and training and use rating tools to rate building to see whether they are environmentally friendly. They offer training opportunities for students at a discounted rate to be a champion through networking. Once a student applies he is listed in their Human resources department for internship. They also asses the planning designs and construction of large scale projects to see their financial viability and also gives advice on how to construct smart and affordable houses. They Are also involved in the building of water and sewage tanks roads and water tunnels. They partner with other stake holders like the National Construction Authority, United Nation Habitat, Spac, town and county Planners Association of Kenya (TCPAK) etc. to develop housing codes legislation and regulation to attain safe construction environment and the use of renewable and sustainable energy sources like wind power and solar energy. On the social economic sector the society cares for small scale businessmen like Mama Mboga, women casual laborer especially in the construction industry, women empowerment and making sure that the trees planted are not destroyed. Their contacts kenyagreenbuildingsociety.co.ke/
Green Peace Kenya: ERASTUS OUKO
Their work is to defend the natural world and promote peace by investigating, exposing and confronting environmental abuse, and championing environmentally responsible solutions. They also campaign to change people’s attitudes and behaviors towards the environment. They advocate for political and financial independence, nonviolent society being witnesses, knowledge sharing, changing the global mindset of people toward their environment and the value for human dignity
Stop climate change
He said that Climate change isn't inevitable. They have the knowledge, skills and technologies to get ourselves out of this difficult situation. All over the world people have woken up to the threat, and are working to reduce the use of fossil fuels, stop rainforest destruction and get power from clean energy. Still much more needs to be done
They are also fighting for beautiful oceans which are home to a staggering 80% of life on Earth. But destructive fishing, pollution, and climate change are damaging them on a scale unimaginable to most people. Species are being driven towards extinction because of overfishing and habitat destruction. They are campaigning for marine reserves, and for an end to unsustainable fishing
He said that the Earth's ancient forests from some of the most diverse ecosystems known to science and are vital in regulating the world's climate. But eighty percent of them have already been destroyed or degraded, and the remaining forests are under threat. Greenpeace is working to end illegal and destructive logging of the world's ancient forests and to protect the rights of the indigenous peoples and species that depend on them
Work for peace and disarmament
40 years ago the international community got together and agreed to work towards eliminating nuclear weapons. But these terrifying weapons of mass destruction are still with us. Greenpeace believes that it’s time for the nine nuclear countries - including Britain - to start serious negotiations to reduce and eventually eliminate their nuclear arsenals and focus instead on the real challenge facing the world - building a safer, greener future for us all.
Eliminating toxic chemicals
On pollution, green Peace is partnering with other stakeholders to deal with toxins which threaten our water, air, land, oceans - and our future.Synthetic chemicals put the global health of humanity and the environment at risk, as the world's industries fail to research the potential impacts on our planet.
Save the Arctic
He said that the fragile Arctic peninsula is facing a big threat from both climate change and oil drilling and prospecting. As climate change melts the Arctic ice, oil companies are moving in to extract more of the fossil fuels that caused the melt in the first place. But above the Arctic Circle, freezing temperatures, a narrow drilling window, and a remote location mean that an oil spill would be almost impossible to deal with. This is a catastrophe waiting to occur. Greenpeace is working to halt climate change and to stop this new oil rush at the top of the world
Through this process of blasting water, sand and a cocktail of chemicals deep underground in order to get out the gas or oil can have a really bad on the climate, It could frack the countryside, too, our water and It won’t bring down bills
Our global campaigns
They also join other Greenpeace campaigners globally for a greener and more peaceful world, including for a GM-free future and the elimination of toxic chemicals their contact: www.greenpeace.org.uk/tags/kenya
Green congress party of Kenya: HALRON MUGOZI
Green Congress Party is a fully registered political party in Kenya this party is seeking political space in the Kenyan politics so as to make their voices heard as far as environmental conservation is concerned. They want to champion for legislation of policies and regulation aimed at protecting our environmental degradation which is a serious national security risk and it needs serious national attention. This party is in partnership with the Congress Party of Kenya, Green Federation of Kenya and in partnership with other Green Families of the world. The speaker urged students to register in large numbers to help them secure political seats in the Kenyan parliament where their political voices can be heard. Contact www.peace kenya.org.ke
The seminar ended with a lot of appreciation to all those who participated in making the Green week a success and the great lunch which was served at the Bssc cafeteria for all the guests who give lectures for the students on a daily basis. The students also appreciated the interactive sessions they had at the end of each lecture because they were enlightened more on some of the issues in their in- tray
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