Biological diversity allows a variety of species to work together to help maintain the environment without costly human intervention. We benefit because the environment sustains us with the variety of resources produced. However there is a mainstream that for poor countries such as Kenya to develop environmental concerns have to be done away with and thus these resources have continually been degraded causing a reduction in the services they provide.
For a country endowed with numerous natural resources such as limestone, diatomite, fluorspar, zinc, wildlife and hydropower poverty is still a menace to the Kenyan economy, one tends to wonder why. To achieve sustainability or sustainable development we must recognize the interconnectedness between human beings, economy, poverty, politics and the environment.
To combat poverty, effective food security concepts must be associated with adaptation and mitigation measures regarding climate change strategies, sustainable management of land, soil, water, pollution, landscapes, biodiversity and forests. And all this can only be achieved through embracing environmentalism.
How do we embrace environmentalism? Through community empowerment and participation.
Most of these natural resources lie in the rural areas in which a huge percentage of the Kenyan population dwells. If these people in these areas are enlightened on the economic value of the resources at hand and how to sustainably use them in poverty alleviation Kenya would be a step higher in eradicating poverty. And this can only be done through the leaders elected by the people into the office and thus the connection between environment and politics.
Initiation and enforcement of environmental friendly concepts that would guarantee provision of food as well conservation of the environment is another aspect of environmentalism. One such concept is ecosystem based farming God’s way.
So what is ecosystem based farming God’s way? This is an environmental practice that incorporates biodiversity conservation into farming with an aim of achieving conservation and obtaining high crop yields thus eradicating poverty.
This concept relies majorly on four principles to be effective which are;
▶God at the centre, He is the maker and creator of all that exists in the universe. Ever looked at the forests and wondered about the evergreen vegetation?
▶Zero tillage (this involves no cultivation of the land section where the practice is to be carried out and this is important in the protection of soil micro-organisms that are responsible for aeration as well reduction of carbon emissions from the soil.
▶Mulching on the other hand helps conserve the soil moisture making this practice efficient in areas with little or no rainfall areas.
▶Incorporation of trees into the farm this ensures that there is a variety of biodiversity in one’s farm or garden thus creation of an ecosystem.
▶Weeding and no burning, just like tillage helps reduce competition for both food and sunlight among the plants as well reduction of carbon emissions into the atmosphere through burning.
Together let’s embrace environmentalism; end poverty in Kenya.