Investment in innovative environmental solutions is essential to Africa’s development. We need to aim high at building communities that are resilient and well-prepared to cope with climate change, and at building smart, innovative and inclusive economies driven by low-carbon growth.
African nations have every potential to leapfrog the rest of the world and take on global leadership in key sectors. They can prove that by maintaining a stunning natural environment that can go hand-in-hand with strong development.
It is in the interest of Africa and humanity as a whole, environmental issues are given the attention they deserve. The continent’s major environmental issues include climate change, healthy oceans, pollution, land degradation and drought, illegal trade in wildlife and renewable energy.
The big four agenda proposed by H.E President Uhuru Kenyatta touches on key pillars promoting environmental sustainability issues in Kenya and are in line with the Sustainable Development Goals of 2030, Vision 2030 economic pillar.. The goals are the call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity.
The National Environment Trust Fund is very keen in addressing issues touching on humanity in the areas of food security, renewable energy, housing, pollution.
Although agriculture is identified as one of the economic drivers of Vision 2030, productivity across the subsectors continue to decline due to a number of factors such as poor farming practices, climate change and variability, reduced soil productivity, inadequate markets and high post-harvest losses. In addressing these challenges, NETFUND supports agri-businesses initiatives that encourage sustainable farming practices and contribute to food security.
Climate change is one of the major challenges of our time and adds considerable stress to our societies and to the environment. Without drastic action today, adapting to these impacts in the future will be more difficult and costly. To put this into perspective, sea life is endangered and is as result of plastic waste.It is estimated that about 12 million tonnes of plastic enters the ocean each year and that over 100,000 whales, seals, and turtles die every year as a result of eating or being trapped by plastic bags
Read more at: https://www.standardmedia.co.ke/article/2001238381/opinion-plastic-revolution-is-here-with-us. I recently came across a slogan reading “Polluted by single- use plastic”. It came to my mind that more than 50 percent of the ocean’s area sits beyond national jurisdiction, including the infamous ‘garbage patches’ in oceanic gyres where plastic accumulates.”
At the United Nations Environment Assembly in Nairobi on December 2018, more than 200 nations passed a resolution to eliminate plastic pollution in our seas by banning plastic and advocate for green practices in production of eco-friendly packaging materials. Although it’s not a legally binding treaty, it could pave the way to one.