The Green Belt Movement delegation has been in Durban attending the COP 17 for the past one week. Unfortunately, there has not been much progress at the negotiation front. We have been anxiously watching as the world leaders have started to arrive – hopefully to help resolve the outstanding issues, that include the post Kyoto Protocol commitments which expires in 2012 and the Green Carbon Fund, among others such as the issues related to equity, intellectual property technology transfer (IPRs) and trade.
A presentation at the climate change talks in Durban by GBM focused on our efforts to rehabilitate the Aberdares and Mt. Kenya water towers in Kenya. Senior project officer, Mercy Karunditu, highlighted the great importance of mobilizing community consciousness and action towards community-led adaptation and mitigation activities.
Last week the Green Belt Movement (GBM) and GBM’s technical partners Woods Hole Research Center (WHRC) hosted panel discussion on the impact climate finance projects from a grassroots perspective.
On Friday, the Green Belt Movement (GBM), KenyaFEB28 and Kenya Forest Service (KFS) launched the “I am the Hummingbird” campaign with tree planting events across Kenya.
She is not dead,
Who leaves to us this great heritage of remembering joy.
She is still alive in our hearts,
In the happiness we knew, in the dreams we shared,
Big dreams of a greener and cleaner world.
I had the enormous privilege -- and sheer good luck -- to be with Prof. Maathai on an October morning in Kenya nearly seven years ago when she got the news she'd become the 2004 Nobel Peace Laureate. On this day of great sorrow, I thought I'd share my account of that wonderful, happy, historic day, which was published in the Los Angeles Times.
In July I attended a public debate in London on the potential for REDD (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation) to make international forestry more just. The debate brought together a wide variety of stakeholders in REDD in order to assess its possibilities and its frailties. The panel leading the discussion included John Vidal from the Guardian and representatives from DFID, ODI, and FERN among others. What became increasingly clear during the debate is that although the international community appeared to be pushing on with REDD, it remains a highly contested and confused idea.
On a dusty, dry patch of land in south-east Kenya a lone Maasai man admires thriving fruit and vegetables on a plot of land. Mangoes, papayas and spinach flourish under the searing heat of the African sun. It is a rare sight here in Ng'atataek on the Tanzanian border, an arid region where rainfall is scarce and the little water available is usually reserved for the livestock.
The European Union (EU) has formally recognised that illegal logging is a pervasive threat to biodiversity and is taking legal action to prevent it!
The Green Belt Movement (GBM) is celebrating a milestone legal case for environmental protection in Kenya.