Uganda bans plastic bags for the second time.

In a statement read on his behalf on World environment day 2018, President Museveni noted that the continued manufacture, use and poor disposal practices associated with plastics have added to the accumulation of the hazardous materials in the environment. For the second time, the Ugandan President banned the use of the plastic bags and ordered…

Machakos farmers go organic.

To the west of Nairobi, sits a beautiful, hilly, semi-arid county. It is named after Masaku wa Munyeti, an Akamba chief. Welcome to Machakos home to Iveti hills. It is a radiant Thursday morning, my colleagues and I are here for three days to visit the farms of some of the farmers I trained last…

Tephrosia vogelli;the wonder pesticide tree.

Environmental and health concerns arising from the widespread farm use of chemicals in the form of fertilizers,insecticides and pesticides are leading farmers to embrace the use of natural remedies which present minimal residue problems on crops. One such remedy is Tephrosia vogelli. Image courtesy of Flora of Zimbabwe Also known as the fish-poison-tree or the…

The health impacts of extreme weather events in Kenya.

  The time is  5:00 pm,a bus with fifty passengers  belches out black smoke in the Mombasa road traffic; the personal vehicles behind it  also billow white fumes.In  the nearby Mukuru kwa Njenga slums, a family lights a jiko (charcoal cooking stove) indoors;at a nearby filling station, a driver mixes diesel with kerosene and at…

Climate finance: Safeguarding the wellbeing of future generations

1996; Budalangi is lush and verdant. The bright yellow flowered Markhamia lutea trees, form a magnificent canopy on Namenya and Mujongo hills. The waters of the meandering River Nzoia, seep and bubble through the papyrus thick Bulwani swamp. Over the crystal clear waters of Lake Victoria, lantern lights glow; fishermen cast their nets. My grandfather,…

Clean energy: The solution to minimizing greenhouse gas emissions

From the abundant sunshine, and high wind speeds experienced in the Northern regions, as well as the geothermal energy found in the Rift Valley, Kenya has a huge potential for generating clean energy to supply the 43% of its population without electricity by 2030. According to the Energy Regulatory Commission, Kenya receives a daily insolation…

​The role of youth in improving resilience to climate change: My IFSA experience

Ositadinma Izuegbunam Evaristus,Ifeoluwa Adebola Wuraola,Temiloluwa Adebusuyi Seun,Jimoke Oguntimehin Olubusola and  Ama Acheampomaa. Even after having a heaped plate of plantain,Tombrown to lighten my tongue and Okra soup to make it slippery,I still couldn’t pronounce the names of these amazing new friends I made at the Northern Africa Regional Meeting in Ghana. See, this is the…

Connecting the urban young to nature.

With its hustles and bustles, and the little green spaces available taken up for developmental purposes, urban areas offer zilch opportunities for young people to interact with nature. Young people are the change agents of tomorrow and they should not be lulled into false complacency on matters concerning the environment. It is therefore essential for…