Kenyans braved the wet and chilly morning to walk and cycle in commemoration of World Environment Day yesterday.
Minimum gas emission was the emphasis, in accordance with this year’s World Environment Day theme-Beat Air Pollution.
The activities in Nairobi yesterday were organized by the Nairobi County Governmet, the Inter-Religious Council of Kenya, Pan-African Climate Justice Alliance (PACJA), UN, Nema and several other organizations championing climate justice.
The walk and cycling ended at the Railway Training Institute with a tree planting exercise.
Several workshops to mark the day were held, with one organized by the PanAfrican Climate Justice Alliance urging SMEs and the youth to grab opportunities in regards to the Sustainable Development Goals.
Some of the ideas deliberated at the workshop organised by PACJA in partnership with Kenya Industrial Estates (KIE) were that the youth could set up green buildings, push for syllabuses to cover climate issues and be able to capacity-build through environmental clubs, which is in line with SDG 4.
Of key focus was SDG 8, which has to do with Policy formulation and implantation and to increase advocacy and awareness on climate crisis.
The other one in focus was SDG 12, which entails recycling wastes and campaign towards achieving that. Bearing in mind that that we could have a world where everyone gets what he or she needs to survive and thrive.
On SDG 16 – To come up with Innovations that promote accountability and transparency in job creation and employment.
SDG 3 – To invent a mobile app providing information on diet, proper feeding habits and having a balanced diet.
Patel Suresh, representing KEPSA and KAM, said: “The best opportunity we can have as SMEs is agriculture.” He also asked why we Kenyans were importing products that could be made locally. They include glucose, which is made from cassava.
“We depend on resources to meet our needs,” said Michael Okok, representing NETFUND. “We all want a verity of needs and they come from the environment,” He added.
Mr Okok said that green growth is using our resources without passing the planetary boundaries. He gave examples of green inventory like “Ecoblocks & Tiles Limited” who use waste to make tiles for building, Qtron, Industries who recycle wastes for building
Patel also challenged PACJA to lead the process in partnering with flower farms. He also challenged the attendees not to start a product that do not have a market. “You need to think beyond normal ideas,” He exclaimed. He told everyone to find a gap on the green market and implement it.