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Message from PACJA Executive Director Mithika Mwenda on World Environment Day 2019

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.

 

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PRE-QUALIFICATION OF SUPPLIERS FOR SUPPLY/PROVISION OF GOODS AND SERVICES FOR 2019/2020 FINANCIAL YEAR

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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There are massive opportunities in the climate change crisis, says PACJA

The Pan-African Climate Justice Alliance (PACJA) has joined hands with the Kenya Industrial Estates (KIE) to impart knowledge on green climate among the youth and Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs).

PACJA and KIE are started a two-day training of more than 50 participants at a Nairobi hotel, with a focus on the role of SMEs in reduction of air pollution.

Speaking at the training today, PACJA Executive Director Mithika Mwenda said KIE and the Alliance had set up a vehicle for inclusive green growth for SMEs to ensure is sustainable green growth. The initiative is aimed at toning down the high rate of unemployment, especially among the youth.

Mr Mithika acknowledged that PACJA was doing quite well in regards to climate justice, but expressed the need to include SMEs in the fight against the crisis.

He said that we have the right climate policies, giving an example of the Green Economy Strategy, National Climate Policy and the ACT itself.

Mithika engaged the participants by enquiring from them how they would ensure that the policies at hand serve them better. He reminded them that there were massive opportunities awaiting them under the Big Four agenda, as well as the fight against climate change. “We must start looking at Climate Change as an opportunity, not just a threat, by innovating ways that will deal with it. This way we will create more employment opportunities for many youth,” said Mithika.

He added that there was need to add laws to curb people from stealing ideas from SMEs as seen in the past.

Mithika Said It was important to increase knowledge not only to the benefit of PACJA and its partners, but also help to support small-scale enterprises.

He challenged his audience to take advantage of the rural industrialization, especially now that they have the luxury of KIE having branches in all the 47 counties.

Mithika briefed the participants about the ongoing Green Climate Fund access and Modalities training in counties. The said training is ongoing in Mombasa for the coastal counties, and is meant to enlighten people in the grassroots on GCF.

The SMEs’ and youth training started June 3, 2019 and ends on June 4.

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SMEs to be trained on role in climate change mitigation

Small and Medium-sized Entreprises (SMEs) have been urged to enlighten themselves on ways to access funding from county and national governments to help achieve green climate.

Speaking when they met to discuss the role SMEs could play in reducing air pollution yesterday, the Pan-African Climate Justice Alliance (PACJA) and the Kenya Industrial Estates (KIE) said there was more opportunity for all to play in ensuring reduction of emission and adaptation to the climate crisis.

KIE and PACJA will therefore hold a two-day workshop with more than 50 participants drawn from the SMEs and targeted Government and other institutions on June 3 and June 4, in preparation for the World Environment Day to be marked on June 5. This year’s World Environment Day’s theme is “Air pollution”.

The PACJA and KIE workshop that will also involve Youth 4SDGs will have a theme: “Sustaining Small and Medium sized Enterprises (SMEs) in Changing Climate for Inclusive Green Growth”.

Speaking at the meeting, PACJA’s Partnership and Outreach Officer Ann Kobia said they would work with KIE and other partners to ensure SMEs fully benefit from emerging opportunities in green growth.

 Parmain ole Narikae, the KIE Managing Director, said there was need for small-scale enterprises to work closely with PACJA and National Treasury to understand modalities of accessing the Green Climate Fund.

Monica C Kotut, the KIE Manager, Corporate Strategy and Planning, said Kenyan SMEs had become innovative, as some were recycling plastic bottles and using them as poles.

PACJA’s representatives also highlighted opportunities in the private sector, like banks, in financing innovative ideas for SMEs, more so for the youth.

“There is also need to encourage people to start businesses using Solar and wind energy. This will be one of the areas to be tackled during the two-day workshop,” said Ms Kobia.

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