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Thursday, 18 April 2019 00:00


Every 22nd April more than 500 million people in the world celebrate Earth day, to demonstrate support for environmental protection. It is an annual event created to celebrate the planets environment and raise public awareness about pollution. This year’s theme is “Protect our species”.This day is celebrated by lots of people by encouraging the people to save the Earth by providing them with every knowledge about the security of the Environment as well as provide them ideas and plans to protect the Environment.

On 22nd April 2009 the United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution declaring 22nd April as the “International Mother Earth Day”. The resolution was adopted to reaffirm the agenda of sustainable development and also to acknowledge the role of earth as a mother, who sustains and nurtures all the species, including humans, animals and plants. The resolution was introduced by the unitary plurinational state of Bolivia and was supported by 50 other member states of the United Nations.

Today there are millions of people who are degrading the environment and making it polluted from years to years by which the environment is getting damaged day by day. This degradation of the environment can cause lots of problems to the air as well as many types of Resources. This can directly or indirectly affect the daily life of the people in a negative way.

So it is very necessary to save the environment and make it better for future use. It is quite important to make a proper note of all the activities many people do to accurately focus on the negative as well as positive effects on the environment and to make the people stop harming the environment.

You can easily be a part of the solution to our environmental woes in 2019. And if you’re not already respecting the Earth on a daily basis, Earth Day is a great time to start.


The African center for technology studies (ACTS) in partnership with Pan African Climate Justice Alliance (PACJA) through its Kenyan platform The Kenya Platform for Climate Governance (KPCG), Makueni County government and the Council of Governors organized a two day workshop on mapping and scaling county climate action under the “strengthening non state climate action on global south project. “The project focuses on the Kenyan counties as the sub state actors for which this partnership is targeted as a means of scaling up climate action across the counties. The workshop aimed to map and catalyze the extent of climate action in Kenya, this recognizing the critical role of counties in implementing policies as envisaged by the constitution of Kenya 2010.

The workshop participants included the 41 county government officers designated with matters related to climate change, members of county assembly and delegates from ministry of environment and civil society organizations (CSOs).

H.E Adeline Mwau, Deputy Governor Makueni County urged the participants to lead by example as they are in positions of leadership and people look up to them. She said they should walk the talk and start mainstreaming issues of climate change from their homes.

Victoria Chengo from ACTS stated that their organization aims to work with the county governments to understand how to boost scale and effectiveness of climate action in Kenya. Her words were echoed by Dr Joanes Atela head of climate resilient economies programme, ACTS who stated that counties need to work together to mainstream issues of climate change in their communities. Possible mechanism to mainstream climate change in National planning will be through creating awareness at both the national and county government levels for change in behaviors of production and consumption patterns.

Olivia Adhiambo, senior programme officer PACJA gave a reflection of national climate governance conference that happened last year. The conference was themed “The role of devolved governments in the Transition to low carbon climate resilient economic development “Key recommendations from the conference included devolving climate governance, There is need to ensure coherence between policies and interventions set out in county integrated development plans (CIDPs) and medium term plans (MTPs) with NCCAP,NDCs and the Paris agreement.

Creating strategic partnership was also another reccommendation.Individuals and organizations should explore and nurture partnerships and joint initiatives in areas that are closely inter-linked and mutually re-enforcing towards promoting climate governance. Olivia added that PACJA took into those recommendations and so far the alliance has formulated climate change policies at county levels, working with Kitui, Tharaka Nithi and Embu counties.

At the end of the workshop the participants’ county climate action resolved to:

  1. To engage local communities, academia, Climate Change Directorate and Civil Society Organizations in the Climate sector.
  2. Establish climate change policy legal framework – have in place governance structures.
  3. Support sustainable land use forest conservation and reforestation to reduce GHG.
  4. Lobby for budgetary allocation for climate action in county budgets.


In order to lay groundwork for the Kenya CSOs and Climate finance working group Pan African Climate Justice Alliance collaborated with National treasury (National Designated Authority) trained CSOs on Climate change budgeting and coding skills. This will not improve their Capacity but also enhance their skills to track climate Finance Flows in Kenya. Moreover CSO were trained on Green Climate Finance processes and how to develop bankable proposals that can address key climate challenges most vulnerable communities especially in ASALs region.

It is a known fact that majority of the SMEs use obsolete technologies because of their inability or having inadequate finance to go for new technologies. As per the statistics, SMEs are the major source of environmental pollution (70%). This is very alarming figure and, hence , necessitates that SMEs should be made aware of this act. They must care for the environment and adopt green business practices. Wellbeing of the environment should well be taken into consideration by SMEs while developing their business strategy (International Society for SMEs, 2019).
This survey, thus, will be useful in understanding the landscape in the SMEs engagement in climate change, their preparedness, and help KIE to develop practical measures to support them to actively participate in national and sub-national dialogue and response processes......


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