The recently concluded UN environmental assembly should be a wakeup call to every Kenyan and every human on the face of the earth.
Kenyans have a tendency of blaming their woes on the operating government but the truth is we need to be all ambassadors of championing environment management.
Mother is our only home and therefore it is the responsibility of every individual to ensure he is protecting the environment.
Kenya being the home of environment champion and Nobel Laurate the late Prof Wangari Mathai, we need to set an example by conserving our environment. It is commendable that we as a country have embraced the ban of polythene papers but there are other avenues regarding our environment that need to addressed.
To begin with, the sources of our drinking water. Communities living close to water towers need to be vigilante on protecting the forest cover, this does not only increase water supply but also boosts the food security in Kenya.
Back to our urban centers people are always reckless and mean to the environment, obviously because there is less vegetation in our towns and therefore the dwellers have little regard to their surroundings.
Careless dumping of waste resulting to blocking of our drainage systems during the rainy seasons the Nairobi city is full of filth due to continuous dumping on back streets, you can always feel the stench as you walk around the city. The county government needs to take measures on businesses that dump in our beautiful city.
Sewage systems are also crazy since no one seems to care where their waste heads to the moment it leaves their houses people living in the slum have to deal with sewage waste from the posh estates that the toothless environment authority (NEMA) is too weak to act on.
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Corporates are also to be held accountable for intoxicating our air and rivers, toxic fumes that makes breathing unbearable,this can be blamed to the rise of lung related diseases killing thousands annualy.
According to a United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) report, Chemicals and waste are integral to our everyday life, but they also have major impacts on the environment and human health.
As the world’s population approaches 8 billion, the sound management of chemicals and waste is becoming ever more important.
By 2025, the world’s cities will produce 2.2 billion tonnes of waste every year, more than three times the amount produced in 2009.
The also oceans cover more than 70 per cent of the surface of our planet and play a key role in supporting life on earth. They are the most diverse and important ecosystem, contributing to global and regional elemental cycling, and regulating the climate.
The ocean provides natural resources including food, materials, substances, and energy.
Marine Protected Areas contribute to poverty reduction by increasing fish catches and income, creating new jobs, improving health, and empowering women.
Lake Victoria has also not been spared by the dominant hyacinth that has reduced the volumes of catch for the local fishermen.
Increasing levels of debris in the world’s seas and oceans is having a major and growing economic impact.
The Kenyan coast marine life is chocking due to consumption of plastic waste that is discharged in the sea, not forgetting oil spills that leaving them vulnerable to hypothermia. Even when marine mammals escape the immediate effects, an oil spill can cause damage by contaminating their food supply.
It would only be just if everyone took a step back and see how much they are polluting our environment, lobby groups should also put pressure on the government and also corporates to ensure that sane is restored on mother earth.
By Victor Von Njagi