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Wednesday, 05 June 2019 00:00

SMES CHALLENGED TO THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX

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.

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

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.

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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