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Do Their Manifestos Offer Climate Change Solutions?

By Caroline Tsumah

National Environmental Management Authority  (NEMA) Chairlady Dr. Saphia Lul , yesterday asked Mombasa County residents to be cautious of political aspirants, whose manifestos have no strategies to deal with climate change.

“When these leaders come to you during campaign, ask them what plans they have concerning the environment. See if they care about our tomorrow because it is very important.” Said Dr Lul

She spoke this during a consultative forum initiative, organized by the Centre for Resilience and Sustainable Africa (CEFRESA). She was addressing Mombasa climate actors at Swahili Pot, Mombasa County.

The NEMA Chairlady also asked women to be at the forefront of climate change mitigation, emphasizing on their role and importance when it comes to matters environment.

Ms. Ilhan Abass, Chief Officer Environmental Waste Management and Energy Department, Mombasa County, was also present at the event. She asked organizations within the region to work hand in hand with the government to help break the information gap between the mwananchi and the government.

“We have 1.1 Million people by day and 2.2 Million people by night in Mombasa County. Therefore, it is very hard for the government to disseminate information so as to get to the right people. That is why we need the existing community organizations to work together with the government to ensure information reaches all the way to the grassroots level.” Said Ms. Abass.

Ms Abass also challenged the youth to make good use of technology, get into relevant websites and leverage on the opportunities such as funds, grants and programs being offered by the government.

Photo: Caroline Tsumah Mombasa climate change actors during the consultative forum initiative, organized by the Centre for Resilience and Sustainable Africa (CEFRESA)

The forum took place as the world celebrated International Women’s Day. It sought to appreciate the efforts made by women and girls towards climate change adaptation, mitigation and response, aimed towards building a sustainable future for all.

“We are here today to break bias. As we celebrate Women’s Day, and this year’s theme being ‘Gender equality today for a sustainable tomorrow’, we are celebrating women’s contribution to the climate action.” Said Emily Achieng, Executive Director CEFRESA

The forum also sought to include religious leaders so they can be part of preaching a sustainable environment for a better tomorrow.




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