Climate change

Paper Effects..

Now you know, 1 tonne paper results from 17 trees. Trees are a major carbon sink and cutting them down leads to increase in greenhouse gas concentration, hence global warming and air pollution. The paper industry is the third largest source of greenhouse gases. After the tree is cut, the Read more…

By ecolife, ago
Green life

Human-Wildlife Conflicts

In the wake of the global match for elephants and rhinos, we were all reminded on the importance of elephants, rhinos and other wildlife. The future generation needs to enjoy the resources and services we are enjoying now and it is our responsibility to ensure this. Another thing brought to Read more…

By ecolife, ago
Green life

Green Economy

I was recently asked by a concerned party; if there can be a balance between environmental conservation and economic development. The answer is yes, and there can be a balance. This is where the term green economy comes in. Green economy is basically development that generates improvement of people's lives without degrading the environment, or while ensuring environmental care and conservation. This is most often referred to as sustainable development. Green economy supports or ensures three basic things; social well-being, advancing economy and environmental care. http://www.eea.europa.eu/themes/economy/ge-image-1/@@images/d51a7f01-cd6c-4873-81f8-0c2eb711c14a.jpeg How to achieve green economy? The current economic growth model focuses on profits and gains only, leading to environmental destruction and poor resource use as well as an increase in poverty levels and reduction in living standards, or as it is said, poor become poorer and rich richer. To achieve a green economy it first has to start with a change in attitude and way of thinking. We should view ourselves as part of the environment. Example the way we take care of our houses, we clean it, repair any damages, ensure our daily practices do not damage the house and anything it. We should view the environment in the same way, it is our home hence our duty to take good care of it. Instead of carelessly throwing away trash, find good ways to reuse and recycle. Example organic household kitchen wastes can be composted and made into good manure, and this can be your source of income too, selling the manure. It is easy and not much effort or capital is needed. As for the plastic wastes and inorganic wastes, reuse them. Plastic containers can be reused in many ways, and this can also be a source of income. So you can turn trash into cash and in the process, reduce wastes in the environment and improve your economic status, win-win. http://coolcreativity.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/Reuse-Plastic-Bottle-2.jpg Another way to a green economy is changing our daily practices to better ones. In this case I am talking about alternative energy sources, use less firewood and charcoal. This can be achieved by using energy saving jikos; this will in turn reduce the demand and hence save our forest cover. Also you can use biogas which can be also generated from your everyday organic wastes.it is easy to set up and will not only save our tree cover, reduce greenhouse gas emissions (for further read on greenhouse gases and climate change, refer to my earlier post on climate change) and also save your money and improve your economic status. To further save on energy, use energy saving bulbs and solar powered bulbs and rely more on solar energy than electricity and your bills will drastically drop. This also goes for industries and establishments. Other practices towards green economy include rainwater harvesting instead of drawing water from the river and other water bodies, this can be used for domestic, irrigation and even industrial purposes. Use of organic instead of plastics, plastics are a menace, do not degrade and are unsightly make our lands loose its aesthetic values. So go for brown bags instead of plastics, instead of buying food tins, make one from your plastic containers, and minimize your plastic use. For the farmers, use organic instead of chemical fertilizers, this will ensure minimal pollution. Also for the business minds practice green business ideas. Another way is through exercising to your constitutional right. According to the new constitution; every person has the right to a clean and healthy environment, so you have the right to complain if this right is violated and report to the relevant authorities. You also have a duty to protect the environment. And of course, plant a tree today. Spread the word and promote a green economy, this is a sure way forward to protect our environment as well as improve our livelihoods. Change begins with you. (more…)

By ecolife, ago
Green life

Waste water Agriculture

One of the major environmental issues of concern in Kenya is waste management. We all deal with the problem of waste disposal at household level, company level and individual level. The wastes include both solid waste and liquid waste in terms of sewage. I recently came across a practice that Read more…

By ecolife, ago
Climate change

Plant a tree

Have you noticed a constant change in the rainfall frequency and intensity or a difference in the solar output in your area? Has the climatic conditions in your area been changing, what you experienced around five years ago is not what you are experiencing this year? Well that there is Read more…

By ecolife, ago
Green life

Water Access

According to the ministry of environment and mineral resources, the current environmental issues of concern in Kenya include; water pollution from urban and industrial water, degradation of water quality from increased pesticide use, leading to upset of ecosystems.  This results in water shortage issues and also poor water quality problems, Read more…

By ecolife, ago
Green life

Nairobi river degradation

Nairobi river ruaraka I recently read an article on how Nairobi is one of the few cities to have a major river cutting across it. Recently I visited a part of the river and I was left speechless and mesmerized. The state of the river is more than I could Read more…

By ecolife, ago
Green life

Tourists abuse of wildlife.

Hola park, Bamburi Mombasa. Today’s post is courtesy of a dear person to me, who’s opened my eyes on the current wildlife plight. Wildlife is an intergral part of the ecosystem, and recent events have shown how little we care, it’s high time governments pay more attention and place more Read more…

By ecolife, ago