KENYATTA UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF ENVIRONMENTAL STUDENTS (KUNEC) S JOINS THE REST OF THE WORLD IN MARKING THE GLOBAL MARCH
This is a march celebrated all over the world to bring awareness and bring protection to some of the endangered species. More than 130 cities around the world participated in the 2016 Global March for Elephants and Rhinos. “According to experts, these marches keep political pressure on leaders to protect the world’s largest land animal.” An estimated 30 000 tons of Ivory was exported out of Africa to the United Kingdom during the reign of the British Empire. More than a million elephants were killed to provide ornaments. A hundred years later the U.K. remains the Centre of this trade. A reported 54000 pieces of ivory have been traded between 2005 and 2016.
Kenyatta University School of Environmental Studies (KUNEC) members were invited to participate in the global march celebrations that were held on Saturday, October 3, 2016 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The walk started at National Museums of Kenya to Kenya Wildlife Service HQ Kenya. Stand up Shout Out, Kenya Wildlife Service and Wildlife Direct had also invited other participants to join in the Global March for Elephants, Rhinos and Lions on Saturday the 3rd October 2016. This 10km walk will start at 9 am from the National Museums of Kenya to the Kenya Wildlife Service via Uhuru Highway and Langata road. It ended at 1pm with some entertainment until 3pm.
The students said that they were joining the rest of the world in demonstrating support for Kenya’s impressive success in combating wildlife crime through the Kenya wildlife Service anti- poaching campaign. They reiterated that their participation and support in this public demonstration against poachers, and traffickers will send a strong message to the criminals, our governments, the world and to our children, who deserve the right to enjoy the wonders of our spectacular wildlife heritage. The theme of the Kenyan Global March for Elephants and Rhinos "Justice for Elephants and Rhinos" We aim to raise awareness about the challenges facing our wildlife heritage and support government efforts in the crackdown with better law enforcement and prosecutions.
A Kenyatta University School of Environmental Studies (KUNEC) member joins the rest of participants in the global match through the streets.
A Kenyatta University School of Environmental Studies (KUNEC) member joins the rest of participants in the global match through the streets and Up Shout Out.
After the event the students thanked organizers of the event by Kenya Wildlife Service officials (KWS) for giving them the opportunity to be part of celebrations and joining the rest of participants globally. They thanked the University for giving them the opportunity to grace the event. The event ended at 5pm and the students headed back to the University.
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Last Updated on Friday, 08 February 2019 09:17
THE WORLD ENVIRONMENTAL DAY
The world environmental day was for everyone and everywhere. Since it began in 1972, global citizens have organized thousands of events from neighborhood clean-ups to action against wildlife crime, to planting trees. The world environmental day is the biggest annual event for positive Environmental action and takes place in June 5thf of every year. The theme of World Environment day 2017 was “Connecting People to Nature” and it implored everyone to get outdoors and into nature to appreciate its beauty and its importance and to take forward the call to protect the earth that we share.
This year’s theme invited participants, to think about how they are part of our nature and how intimately they depend on it. It challenged us to find fun and exciting ways to experience and cherish this vital relationship. On June 5th, the nations of the world once again came together to mark the World environment Day. This time the theme sought to rally populations to come up with initiatives that intimately connect them with nature. In Kenya, the day was marked at Egerton University and Kenyatta University Environmental Club Members graced the occasion with other participants, who included the ministry of Environment and Natural Resources, National Environment and Management Authority (NEMA), Egerton University and other partners.
The day was marked with a lot of activities including an Environmental Conservation week with a lot of conservation activities taking place within the University, climaxing on 5th June, 2017. On this day there was an art competition dubbed “Connecting People with nature” through the eyes of the children, where the winners were awarded during the celebration. This competition involved students of Primary, Secondary and Tertiary institutions.
A roadshow was organized through the streets of Njoro town and Kenyatta University Environmental Club members joined other participants in a procession to mark the day. Later a panel discussion was held at the University’s hall, where various topics derived from this year’s direction for the countries Environmental conservation, where the students also participated. The day ended with the student participating in a tree planting exercise, which took place at a designated field, where several seedlings were planted. Finally a vote of thanks was given and the students headed back to the University.
A roadshow was organized through the streets of Njoro town and Kenyatta University Environmental Club members joined other participants to mark the day.
Kenyatta University Environmental club Students Participated in the panel of discussion at Egerton Universities hall.
The day could not have ended any better than this. Kenyatta University Environmental club joined other participants in marking the world environmental day.
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Last Updated on Wednesday, 30 January 2019 13:04
KUNEC VISITS JOMO KENYATTA HOME FOR THE DISABLED IN EMBU
Jomo Kenyatta Home for the physically handicapped children began in 1970. The major reason for beginning this home was to cater for the vulnerable children with physical disabilities. The home was named after the first Kenyan president, Hon Jomo Kenyatta, who played an instrumental role in its foundation. The home caters for children from Embu County and the surrounding Counties. It’s a home to
many children born with physical challenges, who lacks an opportunity to access education unlike other children due to their inability to walk for long distances from their home to the nearest primary schools.
It also gives them an opportunity to access education through a regular school where they integrate with other able children from the society effectively. The center also offers assistance to children with health complications commonly associated with some disabilities. Due to this challenge, a need arose to locate such a home close to a major health center where the children could promptly access medical attention whenever need arose. As a result, Jomo Kenyatta Home was located adjacent to Embu Urban primary School which is a public school near Embu Provincial General Hospital. This idea was birthed by some volunteers of the Red Cross in Embu; the center was entrusted to the Embu community in partnership with the Kenya Red Cross society.
The trip started at the campus Bus stop at 8.a.m. the students had a short prayer and the buses left for Embu. it was a good trip as they passed through Thika town, Makutano, Mwea and then Embu town where there was a stop over to purchase some items for the children. On arrival they were received by the home chairman who welcomed the students and introduced the other members who help him run the children’s center. The students had an opportunity to introduce themselves to their host before they began those days’ events this was in line with their outreach activity.
Kenyatta University Environmental Club Members walks to the Childrens center, carrying some goodies for the children
Kenyatta University Environmental Club Members walks to the Childrens center, carrying some goodies for the children.
Kenyatta University Environmental Club Members arrives to the Childrens center, with some goodies for the children.
Kenyatta University Environmental Club Members enjoys cleaning the children’s compound.
Kenyatta University Environmental Club Members enjoys cleaning the children’s clothes at the center.
Club Members joined children from the center to plant trees in the designated place within the compound
This seemed to be the moment the children were waiting for, lunch indeed very delicious. Kunec members also joined the children to enjoy the lunch.
The day could not have ended any better. It was an interaction time and group photos
After all was done, a vote of thanks was given by the chairman of the children home, who thanked the University, and the KUNEC students for finding time in their busy calendar to visit the children’s home. The bus left Embu back to the University.
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The Mazingira challenge
Mazingira is a Swahili word which means the surrounding or in environmental science, the word simply means (environment). This challenge is a yearly internal event and draws participants (students) from all four Departments in the School of Environmental Studies i.e Environmental Science, Environmental Resource Conservation (ENS/ERC), Environmental Planning and management (EPM), Environmental Community Development (ECD) and Environmental Education (EED), it’s organized by the Kenyatta university student’s organization (KUSA) through the Deans Office School of Environmental Studies. Below are some of the photos taken during the event.
The aim of this challenge was to bring the students together for a quiz competition, which is a great environmental tool used to help students to maintain interest in the topic of discussion through stimulating questions and providing a basis for more in-depth investigation of the issues being raised in the competition. It also enables the students to think from different angles or simply ‘think out of the box ‘’about environmental issues. This year’s event was held in room 12 at Business students and Services Center (BSSC) and attracted over 100 students drawn from the four departments of the school. Students who answered the questions correctly were awarded trophies after being vetted by the judges present.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 30 January 2019 07:19
THE GREEN CHAMPION MASHUJAA DAY IN GATHARAINI RIVER IN GITHURAI
The direct impact of desertification is reduced biodiversity. The reasons for this are many, as climatic changes, drought, or human activity such as overgrazing. Desertification is a major economic, social and environmental problem of concern to many countries in all regions of the world. The World Day to Combat Desertification has not done enough to take care of desertification and drought-related problems in Kenya and more needs to be done.
Since its’ inception in Kenya, stakeholders such as; community organizations, churches, businesses, schools and tertiary institutions have voluntarily taken it upon themselves to clean up public areas and other places where litter has been illegally dumped. Kenyatta University Environmental club Students chose to celebrate the Green champion Mashujaa Day at Gatharaini River This was a day-long exercise, which involved an awareness walk comprising several stakeholders from different segments of society including a large number of students, NGOs, officers, and officials of Environment Wing of the Ministry of Environment and natural resources. The day started with entertainment including songs, dance, and poems from several Schools in attendance and other participants
Their inter-nary of the day events was a Clean- up campaign near the river which is a community-based, environmental initiative that involved collecting plastic bags and bottles near the river. Since this was a community-based activity all the communities near the river were also involved in the cleanup exercise. A Cleanup campaign is a community-based, environmental initiative that inspires and empowers communities to clean up, fix up and conserve their environment.
It also included a session where the participants asked questions affecting f our generation, like can we find a sustainable alternative to oil? Can Scientists, inventors, and activists present stern warnings and visionary solutions for the energy of tomorrow ?. How we can find a solution to the plastic menace in our country which is choking the environment and our marine life? How can we move into the unexplored universe beneath the waves: the beautiful, fragile (and sometimes terrifying) world of the ocean. Humans are builders and creators—but how can we build thoughtfully, without waste? These talks explore sustainable design—both past and present—and it's beautiful, inspiring what is nature? Follow the camera's eye to many stunning places on the planet. These are some of the questions asked by the participants with some participants trying to answer them.
KUNEC members arrive at Gatharaini River the Venue for the Mashujaa Day Green Champion celebrations
KUNEC members and other participants begin a cleanup exercise s at Gatharaini River the Venue for the Mashujaa Day Green Champion celebrations
KUNEC members hands-on in a cleanup exercise at Gatharaini River the Venue for the Mashujaa Day Green Champion celebrations
The day ended with a vote of thanks from the organizers and the students headed back to the University.
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