As we’ve got seen in many countries, there are widely held concern that the govt. of Kenya took advantage of the Corona-virus outbreak to means these approvals without proper public consultation.
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Each week we ask one guest writer from our network to send us the most effective climate news from their region.
This week, we reached out to Dominic Kirui, a freelance journalist from Nairobi who shares a number of the local shifts he’s seen publicly consultations since the Coronavirus began.
My name is Dominic Kirui. I’m writing this about five minutes’ drive from the Nairobi park where, if I wasn’t tied to my laptop, I would even be ready to spot a rhino!
But I should warn you, if you’re not planning a visit to Nairobi soon, you may miss out. The govt. is rapidly encroaching into the parking area, first through a Chinese funded and constructed railway across the park, and a road alongside it. they’re now also planning a hotel within the black rhino breeding area. you would possibly remember, sadly the last white rhino died in Kenya only some months ago.
As we’ve got seen in many countries, there are widely held concern that the govt. took advantage of the Coronavirus outbreak to means these approvals without proper public consultation. At the identical time, they’re clearing iconic green space within the city for brand new 27km expressway, irrespective of the calls to prevent the destruction.
However, the most well-liked topic in Kenya without delay is also a precursor to the longer term of the world plastic industry.
The American Chemistry Council and also the Kenyan Ministry of Trade and Industry are said to be performing on a deal which will see Kenya lift its globally celebrated ban on plastic bags, allowing American companies to ship plastic waste into Africa through Kenya.
When the worldwide climate strikes hit Nairobi last week, this was one in every of their most vocal demands. The activists headed to the liberty corner at Uhuru Park in Nairobi, once famously protected by the late Wangari Maathai and coordinated under the hashtag
Outside Nairobi, our coffee farmers are feeling the impacts of climate stress, and a few are even looking to abandon coffee farming for avocados, thanks to shifting conditions.
This may be one in all the explanations why Amina Mohamed has been nominated as Kenyaian candidate within the running to become the subsequent Director-General of the globe Trade Organization. She promised to target global climate change if selected, and at a media briefing last month queried, “How is it possible that the WTO doesn’t discuss climate change?… (the) WTO must be part of the world conversation on temperature change.”
Across the border, I’ve also been impressed by the Ugandan climate justice activist, Vanessa Nakate, who is leading a campaign against her government’s decision to substitute about 411sq km of Bugoma Forest for sugarcane plantation. take a look at #SaveBugomaForest to search out how you’ll be able to get entangled.
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