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Leading world agricultural experts, scientists, value chain actors, farmers and policymakers arrive in Nairobi next week to chart the way forward on how to substantially and sustainably reduce the use of synthetic pesticides and fertilizers in the African continent. The PanAfrican Climate Justice Alliance (PACJA) is an interested party in anything biodiversity because of their interconnectedness with climate change and all the issues around it.

PACJA representatives therefore attended a meeting today in Nairobi, for the Press and partners’ briefing on the conference that will also discuss the dangers of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and define strategies for increasing the uptake of agroecological programmes and initiatives at the 1st International Conference on Agroecology Transforming Agriculture & Food Systems in Africa.

The event will be hosted by the World Food Preservation Centre (WFPC), IFOAM Organics International (IFOAM) and Biovision Africa Trust (BvAT) and their local and international partners.

The partners aim to facilitate the establishment of truly sustainable food and agriculture systems in Africa. The three-day conference, will take place at the Safari Park Hotel from June 18th to 21st, 2019. The official opening ceremony will take place on June 18th, 2019 from 8.30am – 1pm.

The theme is: “Reducing Synthetic Fertilizers and Pesticides by Scaling up Agroecology and Promoting Ecological Organic Trade.”

The other purpose of the conference is to facilitate the establishment of truly sustainable food and agriculture systems in Africa and sharing of the FAO Scaling up Agroecology Initiative for introduction in Eastern Africa. The conference will also showcase opportunities to scale up Ecological Organic domestic and regional trade in East Africa.

The Conference will bring together over 500 participants and 30 exhibitors from various countries who have a strong interest in the growth and development of the agroecological sector. These include policy makers, representatives from various Ministries and counties, leaders of civil society organisations, practitioners, development partners and the academia. Key value chain actors including local producers & smallholder farmers have also confirmed participation. Further, the Conference has confirmed attendance of internationally renowned high-profile speakers including; Dr Josefa Sacko (AU Commissioner for Rural Economy and Agriculture), Prof Gilles Eric Seralini from France, Prof. Hans Herren from USA, Prof. Tyrone Hayes from USA, Dr. Judith Carmen from Australia, Prof Ratemo Michieka from Kenya, Dr Million Belay from Ethiopia and Dr Darcy Ogada from Kenya.

“We are humbled and honoured to host this important event which is coming at a time when there is a growing interest in agroecological initiatives because they are increasingly seen as part of an innovative and sustainable response to the challenges facing our food and agriculture systems,” Dr David Amudavi, Executive Director, Biovision Africa Trust (BvAT), said at the event.

“IFOAM is delighted to be partner in this conference. As global change agent for true sustainability in agriculture we aim for a board adoption of agroecological practices in line with the principles of organic agriculture. This conference sets out the important landmarks for transformation of agriculture so that it serves people and planet, instead of the chemical input industry, said Louise Luttikholt, Executive Director, IFOAM Organics International.

From a Kenya country perspective, this conference will provide an opportunity for learning and sharing of experiences amongst various actors in the sector with a view to stimulating, promoting and advocating for increased systematic achievements of the Big Four Agenda, especially Agenda 4 on food security.

The overall aim of the event is to facilitate the establishment of truly sustainable food and agriculture systems in the continent.

The media and partners’ briefing meeting was held at a Nairobi hotel today.

Thursday, 13 June 2019 00:00

PACJA joins other CSOs in fight against coal plant

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The Pan-African Climate Justice Alliance (PACJA) joined Kenyans from all walks of life to protest Government’s plan to build a coal powered energy plant in Lamu.

PACJA was part of the Civil Society Organisations that braved the chilly morning in Nairobi, waving placards and banners with messages such as “Say NO to Coal”.  While giving his speech at the peaceful demonstrations, PACJA Executive Director Mithika Mwenda asked the Government to rethink its stand on the Lamu project and save the biodiversity. He told Kenyans to refuse the construction of the plant and instead push for safer and renewable energy.

The Coal plant, according to a report released by an American firm, if completed, is set to cost Kenya more than $9 billion. This is nearly thrice the amount used to construct the SGR that cost the taxpayer $3.6 billion. Most countries have abandoned coal-powered energy and opted for those with minimal carbon emission.

Some of the harmful effects of coal, as put by the protestors are increased greenhouse gas emissions, production of harmful toxin during burning. Some of the gases have been known to cause ailments like cancer and asthma. Other disadvantages of having a coal plant are environmental degradation, risk of mines collapsing on miners, displacement of communities, pollution of water bodies and soil as rain water mixes with toxic substances and get absorbed.

Coal is combustible, and the threat of fire is never too far away. The fact that it cannot be renewed is discouraging, as it easily becomes a stranded asset.

In his speech, Mr Mwenda said: “Coal, as one of the fossil fuel-based energy source, is enemy number one of any signatory to the Paris Agreement.”

“It would be pretentious of Kenya to sign the international agreement with one hand, and erase it with the other,” he added.

Charles Mwangi, the PACJA Thematic Lead for Resilient People Society and Economies said: “We have geothermal energy and we have not even exploited 10 per cent of it”.

The march began at Freedom Corner to Nyayo House, in the city centre, where the media were briefed. The message was directed at Kenya’s Energy minister Charles Keter.

 The march was to extend to the Chinese Embassy, but protesters’ procession was disrupted midway by police officers at the Harlingum round about.

The CSOs vowed to return and complete their mission.

The Coal plant case is set to be heard on Thursday June 20th June 2019.

Wednesday, 12 June 2019 00:00

STOP THE KILLER LAMU COAL ENERGY PROJECT

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Today I stand here to express my solidarity with the Lamu community, and to pour my heart on the visible yet ignored disaster Kenya, as a country, is about to plunge into.

 It has all to do with the Lamu Coal Project, which, apparently, slowly but surely, is turning into another source of the current government’s controversial investment choices.

 The ability to generate more energy from to supplement our main source, hydropower, would be a plus for Kenya. Having sufficient energy would definitely spur the country’s economy. And we all want an economically stable Kenya, with sustainable energy so that more industries can be started and our jobless youth get employed.

 Yet, even as we focus on the economic gains of whatever source of energy, we must not forget the importance of a sound ecology, as well as sustainability and affordability.

 

The intention to have a coal power plant in Lamu is both economically and ecologically disastrous.

 

Kenya is one of the 196 signatories to the Paris Agreement within the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) that vowed in 2015 to mitigate greenhouse gas emission, and transition to low-carbon, climate-resilient, green economic development pathways. Coal, as one of the fossil fuel-based energy source, is enemy number of any signatory to the Paris Agreement.

It would be pretentious of Kenya to sign the international agreement with one hand, and erase it with the other, turn a blind eye to the mess the country is about to be exposed to both economically and otherwise, despite knowing very well that coal is one of the highest emitters of carbon gas to the atmosphere, locally, and worldwide. Even if we were to go clean on coal, as some climate-denier countries and corporations want to convince us, we would not dodge carbon emission.

 But why would Kenya commit to an international agreement only to return home to do the opposite? The purpose of being part of the Treaty was to contribute to the overall reduction in poisonous emission for the benefit of those at the frontline of the cimate crisis, including smallholder farmers, pastoralists, fisherfolk, forest communities in Kenya and world over, whose livelihoods have been turned upside down due to the climate-inspired weather events caused by unsustainable development choices.

 The idea of having a three-unit, 981-megawatt (MW) coal power plant in Lamu for purposes of injecting to the national grid must be supported with facts, and the realities surrounding it laid bare.

Kenyans must not let a few individuals kill both our economy and ecology as they strive to get rich quick.

 Already a report released by the American Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA) paints a grim picture of the Lamu Project that is yet to start, expressly calling for its disbandment.

 According to the report, the deal signed between the Kenyan Government and several local and international firms to play different roles in the acquisition of coal powered energy, is bound to sink the country deeper into debts of at least Sh900 million ($9 billion).

 And whether Kenya gets the required energy from the Sh200 billion ($2 billion) plant or not, the nature of the contract has it that the country would be locked in a 25-year power purchase agreement (PPA) in which it would be the loser.

 Coal sourced energy should always be cheaper than all other energy sources, not a rip-off. Not when Kenya is grappling with debts, both domestic and foreign, running into trillions of shillings, and corruption scandals hitting our headlines everyday.

 But why put the country through all that trouble when many other countries are opting for cleaner and more renewable sources of energy such as wind and solar? Kenya has a huge Geothermal, solar and wind supply that focusing on the same would be more sustainable than knowingly contributing to global warming through coal mining.

 We must tell the people that renewability is a forgotten issue when it comes to coal powered energy, coal will be a stranded asset very soon, and that is not what we promised in the UNFCCC Agreement.

Kenyans and the Government must know that continuing with the Lamu Project would not only expose populations to more debts for a non-renewable source of energy, but also adversely negatively affect the fragile ecosystem of Lamu, a UNESCO Heritage site of immense importance to our tourism and local culture.

Good health for the people living nearest to the coal plant, and the many workers that would be involved, is not guaranteed, with dust and smoke causing several respiratory and other ailments, including asthma and cancer. And where does one dispose of the coal ash from the mines?

The possibility of having acid rain following mixture of rain water with gas emitted from the mines will mess our rivers and eventually the Indian Ocean and the more than 60 archipelagos Lamu boasts of, which would be dangerous for aquatic creatures, plants, humans and our tourism sector.

How does an economy grow when you kill its pillars like the people and their mainstay, which is fishing and tourism?

We must not forget that coal mining will introduce mercury and other harmful metal into our systems.

Who will help the poor people of Lamu and the Kenyans and foreigners that will be affected by the project if we do not talk?

Who will pay the debts the country is exposing us to if we do not stop this now.

I call upon the Government of Kenya to give this Lamu Project another look and face the reality. According to the IEEFA report, even the gains expected from the Lamu Project have been overtaken by events, and there will be no value for money if the Government insists on going on with it.

Action must be taken. The Lamu project must be stopped. We thank the investors, and particularly the African Development Bank, who have turned down the request from the Kenyan Government to fund this poisonous Project. We warn others, especially the Chinese, to read the signs of time and give up.

 We have no other lives. Let’s save and protect lives.

The Lamu Coal is rendering the communities around and the county at large inhabitable, or just fall into a death trap.

Just stop it. Coal mining is not cool.

 

Mithika Mwenda

 

Executive Director

Pan African Climate Justice Alliance

Background

The African Ministerial Conference on the Environment (AMCEN) was established in December 1985 following a conference of African ministers of environment held in Cairo, Egypt. Its mandate is to provide advocacy for environmental protection in Africa; to ensure that basic human needs are met adequately and in a sustainable manner and to ensure that social and economic development is realised at all levels.

Regular sessions of AMCEN have been convened every second year since its inception. In addition, several special sessions have been convened in between regular sessions to consider specific issues of concern.

The Seventeenth Regular Session of the African Ministerial Conference on the Environment (AMCEN) will take place from 19th to 23rd August, 2019, in South Africa. The Conference will be held under the theme "Taking action for Environmental Sustainability and Prosperity in Africa". The meeting of the Senior Officials/Experts will take place from 19th to 21st August, 2019 and the Ministerial Session from 22 to 23 August, 2019.

PACJA’s participation in AMCEN

PACJA recognises this regional meeting as an opportunity to shape discussions on environmental sustainability, as it links to the SDGs and the Paris Agreement, and towards ensuring that decisions taken reflect the need of the African people as represented by CSOs. To this effect, PACJA will be spearheading a number of events both pre- and during AMCEN to meet its objective. The following are the key meetings that PACJA will be leading:

The Regional Multi-stakeholder consultations will be held from 17th to 18th August. The consultations aim to engage civil society organisations and other stakeholders to contribute effectively in the AMCEN conference.  

The engagement of multi-stakeholder organisations in the Conference is based on: 

  1. The need to reinforce the visibility and impact of the UN Environment Assembly in the context of the follow-up of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development at the global and regional levels, including the high-level political forum and the Regional Forums on Sustainable Development convened by the UN Regional Commissions.
  2. The need to harmonise the regional environmental agenda through AMCEN, with the global agenda through UN Environment Assembly (UNEA).
  3. The need to include Major Groups and Stakeholders (MGS) and non-state actors in decision-making processes and the implementation of AMCEN and UNEA decisions.

FCPF Africa Regional Workshop: African civil society and IPs are key stakeholders in the RCM and it is crucial that they are involved in order to contribute to a common African agenda through sharing experiences and giving recommendations on how to advance the regional environmental agenda, especially through REDD+.

The FCPF REDD+ project will hold a meeting prior to the AMCEN meeting in order to exchange knowledge and create a platform to expand conversations and broaden partnerships around REDD+ readiness processes while at the same time contributing towards the AMCEN agenda.

Participants will engage in a one day workshop on 19th August and then participate in the main AMCEN conference from 20th to 22nd August, 2019.

Expression of interest to participate in AMCEN

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PACJA is carrying out this MTR to analyse the achievements of the Project from inception to date against its original set objectives.

The MTR will be a forward-looking exercise and will capture lessons learnt and provide information on the nature, extent and where possible, the potential impact and sustainability of the Project.

The MTR will assess the programmes’ design, scope, performance of the program against planned results, implementation status and the capacity to achieve the expected outcomes. The MTR will analyze implementation challenges and best practices in order to come up with appropriate lessons learnt and recommendations that will inform the remaining implementation period.

Embu County in Kenya has been enlightened on the importance of having the climate change policy in place. A Pan-African Climate Justice Alliance (PACJA) team, in a meeting with the County Assembly’s Speaker Josiah Mureithi, said having the policies in place would position the devolved government at a strategic position to attract Green Climate Finances that would help mitigate and adapt to the climate crisis.

The PACJA team paid the Speaker a courtesy call to fast track progress on the draft climate change policy for the county and to push for its submission to the County Assembly and debating.

Joan Kebenei, a Community Resilience and Climate Change Adaptation officer at PACJA, said there were many challenges facing the county, causing the need to hasten the policy making process.

The meeting acknowledged that many problems faced by the community, including food insecurity, especially between April and June, when stocks are depleted.

The PACJA team urged the Assembly to encourage Embu residents to grow long-term crops such as sugarcane, fruit trees, and cash crops; and short-term crops such as grains.

According to experts, maize productivity responds positively to favorable agro-ecological zones, soil drainage and depth, but performs poorly on silt soils. Sorghum productivity responds positively to favorable agro-ecological zone, but the effect of other time-invariant factors is insignificant.

The County Environment Committee Member Nicholus Ngece said he would mobilise members to pass the Bill to help fight for clean and safe environment, as well as food security.

The county was urged to mobilize resources for a retreat between July 8th and 12th 2019. The said retreat is to help to catalyze the push for the Bill to be passed by educating the MCAs on the importance of climate change adaptation.

World Environment Day Walk with other participants to sensitize involvement in reduction of Air Pollution

 

Wednesday June 5th 2019

 

Commemoration of the World Environment Day

The Pan-African Justice Alliance (PACJA) has marked this year’s World Environment Day with a resolve to spread its tentacles wider and further deeper into the grassroots to empower communities to fight the climate crisis through projects as well as have their voices heard at tables where climate related decisions are made.

With this in mind, PACJA gave this year’s World Environment Day focus through different lenses in its many platforms around Africa, all with a bearing on this year’s WED Theme: Beat Air Pollution.

PACJA’s Kenyan chapter, the (KCPG) focused on the role of Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) have to play in the reduction of air pollution. In this regard, PACJA held a two-day workshop for more than 50 participants from the Kenyan Government, the Kenya Industrial Estates (KIE), the Youth for SDGs, to mention a few.

The training was successful, with Government-affiliated KIE promising to continue to support emerging enterprises through its partnership with PACJA.

 Elsewhere in Botswana, PACJA focused on the role People Living With Disabilities can play in reduction of Air Pollution. Botswana Climate Change Network (BCCN) commemorated the World Environment Day with Camphill Community Trust, raising awareness on the importance of protecting the environment by reducing air pollution through the greening of the young minds. The day started with a tree planting activity at Camphill Community Trust in Otse and brief talks centered on the theme.

Event Organization

Still in the South, PACJA, through the Zambia Climate Change Network (ZCCN) commemorated the World Environment day in conjunction with several key partners, including the Government, UNDP, Zambia Environment Agency (ZEMA) and other member organisations. Besides, ZCCN got a desk to exhibit in a city about 400km from Lusaka as a National Platform and designed materials that ensured a successful event befitting the recognition from the Government.

To the west, in Nigeria, the PACJA platform first held a Town Hall Meeting on the Impact of black soot, a day before it joined in the World Environment Day celebrations. The meeting brought together stakeholders from Abuloma Ama community in Port Harcourt City Local Government area of Rivers State.

Black Soot is one of the major air pollutants in Rivers State and focus on it was in line with the theme “Beat Air Pollution” of the World Environment Day 2019. The platform used the meeting to sensitize and dialogue with the rural community members on their roles and responsibilities as concerns the environmental pollutions and how they can become advocates for climate-friendly environment.

The various individuals who participated in the community dialogue meeting will become the community champions for green development, enhancing the contribution and impact of the local residents through their various networks and constituencies.

The participants included youth organisations, women, traditional leaders, government, private sector and farmers (Fishermen/women) from Abuloma community in Port Harcourt City Local Government area of Rivers State.

On Wednesday, the D-Day, the Nigeria team joined in the march called by Swedish Teenager Greta Thunberg for schools strike, school students of the Department of Geography and environmental Sciences, University of Abuja on government to act against climate change. They advised the Government to include climate change in school curriculum.

The student climate change strike was observed around the world, and CSdevNet, PACJA and GIFSEP in collaboration with the University of Abuja school students made a peaceful walk around the school premises with placards and banners to show that they really care about the climate crises.

The Corte Devoire team was not left behind in marking the World Environment Day. They gave it a unique approach, starting with a students awareness activity for girls on the management of women's sanitary napkins, sensitisation of the populations of the municipality of Attécoubé on waste management; film projection (Home). This activity considered the feature film "Home". The film lasted 1 hour and 30 minutes and dealt with issues of causes, consequences and proposed solutions to better deal with climate crisis. The screening was followed by a discussion on climate justice and how to hold leaders to account in the fight against climate change.

There was also a door-to-door outreach to villagers in Anono on the management of their household waste.

Back in Gabon, there was a lot to follow, as Nicaise Moulombi, the Executive President of ROSCEVAC, led the team in screening of films and documentaries to champion green growth. This was followed by an interactive debate around the theme: "Health and Environment: What impacts from air pollution in the context of the fight against climate change in Gabon."

The floor was opened for those willing to discuss the World Environment Day theme; Beat Air Pollution.

For our Tanzania Chapter, the focus for this world environment day has been on waste management, with our platform targeting many players, including the media on their role in keeping the environment clean. The 3rd and 4th June activities included enlightenment on Control of solid waste, beautification of the city environment, Media contribution to environmental conservation. Resolutions and ways forward were made before the Wednesday celebrations.

All PACJA platforms had their individual messages written in English or French. There was also a common message from the secretariat to the grassroots printed on banners that were carried to the streets as the world celebrated the day.

PACJA Executive Director Mithika Mwenda later delivered a speech, at a Kenyan coastal city, where he joined a counties team to plant trees in marking the World Environment Day.

PACJA is a formidable Alliance of more than 1,000 Non-state actors in the African continent. It has fought the climate crisis from the legislation front for more than 10 years, with its biggest objective being to hold Governments to account on their commitments to climate change. A lot of mileage has been achieved on this front and more work continues to be done to reach greater heights.

PACJA has also been actively pushing for Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation (REDD+). A recent supervisory tour by a team from PACJA’s secretariat in Nairobi has shown success in the attempt to penetrate the grassroots in Gabon, Cameroon, DRC Congo to mention a few.

 

PACJA Executive Director says there is need to enlighten organisations out to fight Climate Crisis about the opportunities out there about green climate funding.

PACJA has been holding such trainings in Kenya in collaboration with the country’s National Treasury, where there has been positive results, as individuals now get involved in decision making by contributing during budget discussions as well as having their input in national decisions on the same by knowing how to push their political representatives.

 

 

Wednesday, 05 June 2019 00:00

SMES CHALLENGED TO THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX

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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.

MESSAGE DU DIRECTEUR EXECUTIF DE PACJA LORS DE LA JOURNEE MONDIALE DE L'ENVIRONNEMENT

 Le thème de la Journée mondiale de l’environnement de cette année est : « Combattre la pollution de l’air», n’aurait pas été mieux placé. Le monde a pris conscience que la pollution de l'air, le tueur invisible, non seulement tue un bon nombre d’humain, mais nuit également à notre croissance économique.

 Que le dioxyde d'azote (NO2) puisse maintenant être lié à la mort de nombreux enfants ne devrait pas être simplement une alarme, mais une cause pour une action immédiate. Les gouvernements peuvent contrôler les émissions de gaz toxiques dans les embouteillages en améliorant les infrastructures et en appliquant des lois limitant le frelatage des carburants; en veillant à ce que les zones industrielles soient éloignées des zones résidentielles; en encourageant la plantation d'arbres pour l'échange de carbone; en impliquant de nombreuses PME, jeunes, femmes et tous les peuples autochtones dans REDD +. Nous devons avoir à l’esprit la nécessité pour nos familles d’être complètes. Nous avons besoin de personnes âgées, d'âge moyen, de jeunes et de petits enfants. Qui travaillera si ce tueur silencieux termine le travail qui est notre jeunesse et l'âge moyen? Qui occupera l'espace de nos parents vieillissants si nous laissons ce meurtrier silencieux réclamer leur vie? Comment pouvons-nous enterrer nos petits-enfants, alors que nous les obligeons à vivre et à prendre soin de nous quand nous vieillissons? Pourquoi devons-nous manger des aliments contaminés parce que l’air a pollué la nourriture de nos plantes, nos pluies et notre atmosphère? 

C’est pourquoi aujourd’hui, à l’occasion de la Journée mondiale de l’environnement, rappelons-nous qu’il ne s’agit plus d’un simple problème d’effet du changement climatique, mais bien d’une crise à laquelle nous devons nous atteler dans les meilleurs délais. En parler seul donnera à nos jeunes sans emploi la possibilité de trouver un emploi.

 Le partenariat avec les volontaires et les mandatés est important, car seuls nous ne nous attaquerons pas à ce monstre. L'unité de but est importante, car divisés nous mourons tous. Nous avons besoin de tout le monde: chercheurs, académiciens, agriculteurs, femmes, enfants, médecins, politiciens, mécaniciens, PME, grandes industries, secteur de l'énergie ... TOUT LE MONDE !!

 L'engagement est également essentiel, car la pollution de l'air, comme toutes les autres menaces liées au changement climatique, s'engage à nous achever.

Oui, en tant qu’Afrique, nous pouvons souffrir pour les péchés commis par des pays plus développés, mais nous ne devons pas rester les bras croisés. Faisons quelque chose. En tant que PACJA, nous avons fait notre part sur le front de la justice climatique en poussant les gouvernements africains, par le truchement de leurs assemblées législatives, à élaborer et à mettre en œuvre des lois qui garantissent que leurs citoyens bénéficient du meilleur climat possible. Nous continuons à impliquer et à responsabiliser les consommateurs finaux des effets de la crise climatique à la base dans toute l'Afrique pour qu'ils agissent dans le cadre de la REDD + et poussent également leurs gouvernements en participant au processus de prise de décision.

En cette Journée mondiale de l'environnement, j'appelle tout le monde à nous rejoindre dans cette lutte. Vous et moi sommes nés pour vivre… et pour vivre longtemps. Ne donnons pas de place à ce tueur silencieux. Battre la pollution de l'air !!

 Je vous remercie.

 

MESSAGE FROM THE PACJA EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR ON THE WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY

 This year’s World Environment Day theme, “Beat Air Pollution” could not have come at a better time. The world has come to the realisation that air pollution, the unseen killer, is not only killing the human lot, but also derailing our growth economically.

That Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2) can now be linked to the death of many children should not just be an alarm, but a cause for immediate action.

Governments can control the emission of poisonous gasses in traffic jams by improving infrastructure and enforcing laws that restrict adulteration of fuels; by ensuring industrial areas are far from residential areas; by encouraging tree planting for the carbon exchange; by involving many SMEs, youth, women and all indigenous people in REDD+.

We must have in mind the need for our families to be complete. We need the elderly, the middle-aged, youth, and the little children. Who will work if this silent killer finishes the work force that is our youth and the middle-aged? Who will occupy the space of our aging parents if we let this silent killer claim their lives? How can we bury our little children, yet we bore them to live and take care of us when we age? Why must we eat contaminated food because the air has polluted our plants’ food, our rains and our atmosphere?

And so today, as we mark the World Environment Day, let’s remember, that this is no longer a mere climate change effect issue, but a crisis we must address with the urgency it deserves. Addressing it alone will provide opportunity for our jobless youth to get employment.

Partnership with the willing and the mandated is important, because alone, we will not tackle this monster. Unity of purpose is important, because divided we all die. We need everyone, researchers, academicians, farmers, womenfolk, children, doctors, politicians, mechanics, SMEs, big industries, the energy sector...EVERYONE!!

Commitment is also key, because the air pollution, like all other climate change threats, is committed to finish us.

Yes, as Africa, we may be suffering for the sins committed by more developed nations, but we must not sit and wait to die. Let us do something. As PACJA, we have done our part on the climate justice front by pushing African Governments through their legislatures to formulate and implement laws that ensure their citizens get the best of climate. We continue to engage and empower end consumers of the effects of climate crisis in the grassroots all over Africa to act in REDD+ and also push their governments by being parts of decision-making processes.

On this World Environment Day, I call upon everyone to join us in this fight. You and I were born to live… and to live long. Let’s not give space for this silent killer. Beat Air Pollution!!

 

Thank You.

 

We are a consortium of more than 1000 organisations from 48 African countries that brings together a diverse membership drawn from Grassroots, Community-based organizations, Faith-based Organizations, Non-Governmental organizations, Trusts, Foundations, Indigenous Communities, Farmers and Pastoralist Groups with a shared vision to advance a people-centered, right-based, just and inclusive approach to address climate and environmental challenges facing humanity and the planet.

We at PACJA believe that building a critical mass of Africans drawn from communities at the frontline of climate change impacts – smallholder farmers, pastoralists, marginalized groups, women, youth, etc – and giving them a voice constitute a major path towards resilience-building and climate justice. It begins from our practice and processes we are involved in.

 

We practice what we preach. Our membership , employees  and stakeholders uphold the highest level of commitment to the values of a just society espoused by our vision, mission and objectives.  And increase our efficiency  we are inviting suppliers  of goods  and services  for the year 2019/2020

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