Each year, the global community comes together to discuss the ongoing climate crisis, aiming to devise strategies to address this pressing issue. This year's conference, hosted by the United Arab Emirates, which currently holds the COP28 presidency, provides an opportunity for nations to commit to concrete actions in response to the escalating climate crisis.
This is the last blog entry from the brilliant Asa and Grace who finished their three month internship with us. Have a read.
Week 2 saw the interns visit various green spaces in Nairobi and interact with the various officers manning the spaces.
We are hosting two interns from St Lawrence University from New York who will be shadowing us as we teach them the ropes of GBM and our works with the grassroot communities. Here is ablog they wrote on thir excusion in Karura Forest.
GBM has been working with communities around the Mau Forest Complex to restore the degraded spaces of the Complex. The partnership established between the Green Belt Movement and the French Development Agency will see these organisations work together for 4 years to ensure that the critical water towers in the forest complex are not lost.
Green Belt Movement and NCBA Bank Kenya have established a 5 year parnership dubbed Change The Story that will see 30 million trees planted. The partnership is already in its 3rd year.
On Saturday 25th Septermber marked 10 years since the death of Prof. Wangari Maathai. To honor her memory, The Green Belt Movement launched a new project, Urban Greening in Schools where we work with schools in the urban areas to plant trees. In addition to discouraging encroachment, the project will also help schools sell surplus produce from the fruit trees to generate income.
- The Great Green Wall is a reforestation initiative that will span the width of Africa.
- This African-led movement aims to grow an 8,000km belt of trees, vegetation and fertile land across the Sahel to transform millions of lives living on the climate change frontline.
- We can learn lessons from past efforts about how to mobilise ecopreneurship for the future.
In January 2012, paying tribute to the late Nobel Laureate’s legacy, the African Union adopted a decision calling for the joint celebrations of the African Environment Day and Wangari Maathai Day on 3rd March.
3rd March, the African Union-established Africa Environment Day, also marks Wangari Maathai Day that celebrates the work of Kenyan environmentalist Professor Wangari Maathai. In 2004, Prof. Maathai became the first African woman to be awarded a Nobel Peace Prize “for her contribution to sustainable development, democracy and peace”. 2021 marks 10 years since Prof. Maathai’s passing. Her daughter, Ms. Wanjira Mathai spoke to Africa Renewal about continuing her mother’s legacy: Here are excerpts: