“We are called to assist the Earth heal her wounds and in the process heal our own – indeed, to embrace the whole creation in all its diversity, beauty and wonder.” Were the words of the late Nobel laureta Professor Wangari Maathai
Everything that we humans need to survive and thrive is provided for by nature. Just as this year’s world environment day was “connecting people to nature” , people across the globe were reminded that the future of this planet lies in an individuals efforts and responsibility to protect and nurture it. This year’s theme not only reminds us of what a treasure our nature is, but it also reminds us of how appreciative and protective we ought to be towards our environment.
The urgent call to connect to nature was amazingly answered to by citizens from different nations across the globe. In Kenya, the national event was marked on 5th June, 2017 at Egerton- University Njoro Campus which is in deed a biodiversity rich university that many other institutions ought to emulate.
Privileged to have had our cabinet secretary ministry of environment and natural resources – Professor Judi Wakhungu preside over the 2017 World environment day celebrations, citizens engaged in several activities inclusive of;
panel discussions, art and innovation exhibitions, launching of eco bags by Safaricom, a caravan, tree planting, environmental beauty pageant among many others.
In her speech, Professor Judi Wakhungu called upon all Kenyans and citizens of good will to support the plastic bags ban for a clean and green Kenya. She also reminded Kenyans that the clock is ticking towards the effective ban on plastic carrier bags mentioning bamboo, water hyacinth and sisal among the many alternatives to plastic bags.
There is need to own nature, to reconnect with it and take action to ensure that we protect it for the future. The National environment management authority (NEMA), Ministry of environment & natural resources, Safaricom, UNEP, KFS, KWS, WWF, County governments among other organizations took a lead.in spearheading this years celebrations.
Everyone needs to take note that mother nature never forgets and she will always reward us with response to how we treat her. We therefore need to take note of our actions to mother nature by ensuring that our actions are sustainable enough.
Young people are the backbone of this nation. Led by Kenyatta University Environmental Club (KUNEC) and Egerton University students, young people from various higher learning institutions, primary schools and high schoolswere also in the forefront standing with nature and connecting people to nature.
Do your actions today reflect a nature lover or rather someone who stands with nature? Nature is life & we all rely on it for survival. Let’s at all times be in tune with our surroundings. I strongly support the plastic bags ban in Kenya and I believe that it will work if all Kenyans take responsibility to support and work towards it’s effectiveness.. “Nchi ni Mimi na wewe” na “Takataka yangu ni jukumu langu”.