Awareness of climate change in the region is low. Therefore, there is a pressing need to create awareness targeting specific groups and communities and using various channels including mass mediaand community forums. Media coverage of global warming has significant effects on public opinion as it mediates scientific research. On the face of it, however, it seems reasonable to demand that journalists get it right. Therefore, if journalists knew more science, then their reports would be more accurate and the public might understand more about issues like global warming..
Through workshops, seminars and conferences,C4CCAaimsat building the capacity of media on the concept of global warming, thus enabling them to report more effectively on the issue. This will help journalists to focus and intensify their reporting. This will help in shaping public opinion, agenda setting and leading discussions aimed at creating awareness, enhancing public understanding and changing attitudesto help sensitise and mobilise the public against impacts of climate change.
Women are the real custodians of the world’s natural resources, especially in Africa and in the developing countries. They exploit the land for energy (wood), food (agriculture) and shelter (timber). Since this has direct impact on the land, women need to be equipped with the sufficient skills for sustainable land utilisation..
Young people are often seen as effective agents of change. In addition to living in the present, they also have the energy and passion to make things happen. Since the future belongs to the youth, they must be involved in creating a world that is habitable for themselves and progeny.
Kenya’s National Climate Change Response Strategy has identified specific sectoral research needs as a response to the impact of Climate Change. This comprises the sectors most vulnerable to global warming including agriculture, energy, forestry, health, water, fisheries and wildlife. Consequently, we seek to find ways of engaging the Government in providing a conducive and enabling policy, legal and institutional framework to help combat climate change. This initiative also includes mainstreaming climate change awareness in all public and private sector programmes, and its incorporation into the country’s education system.
Climate change is not only an environmental but also an economic and human rights issue. This programme also seeks to mobilise low income populations who are the most vulnerable to global warming. We follow Article 18 of the Bali Principles of Climate Justice (August 29, 2002) which “affirms the rights of communities dependent on natural resources for their livelihood and cultures to own and manage the same in a sustainable manner, and is opposed to the commodification of nature and its resources”.
Forests play an important role in the livelihood of the people by providing a variety of goods and services. Unfortunately, forest cover in Kenya has fallen from 12 per cent in the 1960s to less than half in recent years. This has considerably affected the ability of Kenya’s five main water towers to act as water catchment areas for major rivers and lakes, which are the main sources of water for daily consumption for the majority of people. We seek to support initiatives like the Forestry Development Plan which aims at growing 7.6 billion trees in the next 20 years through schools, women groups and youth groups.
A green economy revolution is underway globally. According to the Green Economy report, South-South Trade in Renewable Energy: A Trade Flow Analysis of Selected of Selected Environmental Goods, published by the United Nations Environment Programme, markets are opening up new opportunities for economic, social and environmental dimensions of sustainable development. Estimates suggest that by 2030, 20 million people will be either directly or indirectly employed in the renewable energy sector.
C4CCA seeks to participate in initiatives aimed at helping Kenya enact the necessary legislation for ecologically sustainable development. We seek to acquire and share knowledge on the development, deployment and transfer of locally relevant climate technologies with the aim of mitigating the impact of global warming.We also advocate for the provision of tax incentives and favourable import tariffs on climate-friendly projects and technologies.
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