Climathon Mombasa 2021 – Youth taking action on climate change
By Allan Kai
Young innovators within Mombasa are seeking to put their mark on the planet, as they try to come up with ways to save the planet from climate change.
Close the gap Hub in Nyali, Mombasa, through the Boost Program, is running a climate change awareness campaign dubbed “Climathon Mombasa, 2021.”
“Climathon is a global but city based event which brings together cities and citizens to solve shared climate challenges,” explained Lilian Wambua, operations manager at Boost your Business program.
Together with partners such as Green World and Miji Bora, Climathon Mombasa 2021 is carrying out a series of events to sensitize city dwellers about climate challenges.
The Climathon is a month long initiative, with a series of events planned, the first of which was a climate action walk from Makadara grounds to Mama Ngina Waterfront.
In line with their theme, “innovating climate resilience through businesses” the climate action walk sought to sensitize businesses on how they can contribute towards climate action in Mombasa.
Currently, the Climathon initiative is carrying out inspirational days where they bring young people and remind them why they are trying to solve climate change issues.
Boost your business incubator, helps equip the youth with prototyping tools they can use to find solutions to climate change presently and in future.
Chris Achinga from Green World Kenya, described the Climathon as an opportunity for young people to find home grown solutions for Kenyan problems. especially with regards to climate change.
“The skills that different people have can be used to contribute towards creating change in the environment. Whether you are a programmer, or in finance , together we can solve the issues.” Explains Achinga.
Climathon Mombasa 2021 is set to have a climate week of action from 1st to 5th November. After which there shall be presentations of solutions that the young innovators have been working on.
At the end of the campaign, there will be a Climate action breakfast meeting. The meeting will bring all the stake holders together, including Mombasa bases businesses and County Government leaders. The innovators will be able to share the solutions reached during the Climathon.
Step up and be among those influencing change. #ClimathonMombasa2021