Mother nature is not happy. She has shown this in more ways than one, with the change in climate patterns, Australia bush fires and floods in some parts of Africa just to mention but a few. It is no wonder with the recently ended World Economic Forum, one of the major topics being discussed is how to save the planet from global warming. Greta Thunberg, a 17 year old climate change activist, has been a trending topic after she gave a speech on protecting the environment during the forum. ‘Our house is on fire and you are adding more fuel to the flames’.
She also emphasizes on the role of kids in protecting the environment. “You say children should not worry. You say, just leave it to us. We promise we wont let you down…then nothing,” she said during her speech. One of the challenges that face activists in Kenya and the world at large is lack of support from the government and the general public.
As Kenyans, we have already seen the change in our weather patterns, for example the rainy season in January. When was the last time you remember experiencing rains in January? Am pretty sure a long long time ago. Such kind of shifts in climate should make you want to wake up and realize the seriousness of this matter. Look at the drought reported last year during this same time period. Livestock, crops and people dying because of the way human beings treat mother earth.
This should be a call to action for us to support and recognize our own activists by encouraging and motivating them as much as we can. Ellyanne Wanjiku is a good example of a Kenyan environmental warrior who is at the forefront of the people who work hard to mobilize the public in doing community and social work that helps the environment.
With the rise in numbers of environmental activists and activism groups like Winnie Asiti, Dan Odeny, and trees for goals, just to mention a few in Kenya, it is high time we shed light on our young people by giving them a platform where they can share their ideas, views and opinions as well as join them in their work.
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