Let s think green, dear Kenyans


I spent a better part of last Wednesday at Riara Road School’s prize giving day.  By the time the occasion was over, I had learnt some French but the dutiful pupils also took the trouble to remind about the reasonability we each have to protect and conserve our environment.

Do you realise that every time your child sharpens their pencil they give loggers a reason to cut down more trees?

Experts tell me that a forest cover of 10 percent is required for a country to sustain life naturally.  Kenya currently has a forest cover of just two per cent!

How many of us leave the water running as we brush our teeth?

Do you spend an extra five minutes in the shower because the water is delightfully warm?
When you go shopping, do you use a disposable bag or re-usable one?  Or, are you reliant on the hazardous plastic bags?

Over the past few months, debate has been raging about whether to let people inhabit the Mau Forest – which is a water catchment area.  The sad thing is that this has turned into a political roulette as leaders gamble with public support vis-a-vis protecting the environment.

Latest reports suggest that rivers flowing from the Mau Complex are fast drying up. 
The message I have today is simple:  “If we continue operating business as usual, we will see an extinction of species, damage to aquatic life, fires, droughts, and possibly floods.”

Prime Minister Raila Odinga is this week expected to receive a report by a Task Force on the Mau Complex.  My advice to the PM is to keep politicians far away from this report as possible.  They have demonstrated that they have little understanding of the impact occupying this water catchment area has on the future of this country.

This is not about their respective constituents and votes in 2012.  This is a grave matter that touches on the future generations of this country. 

The pupils of Riara acknowledge this fact.  Maybe they can take our MPs through some vital lessons.  Learning, Honourable Members of Parliament, has changed since the days you were in school.  It’s fun these days!

And speaking of matters environmental, where is John Njoroge Michuki?

I was hopeful that your appointment to the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources would place ecological issues on the national agenda.

I’m afraid that the same gusto we saw you employ in the Ministry of Transport is gone.  We need to see drastic reforms in the environment sector.  Our forests are disappearing faster than you can say “I have one dear wife.”

Protégeons notre environnement!

This week I’m on PMA i.e Positive Mental Attitude.

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