|Raising the Kenyan Flag high|
Kenya's house speaker Hon Kenneth Marenda through his temporary speaker Prof Philip Kaloki officially flagged off the Trans African Caravan of Hope in Nairobi, Kenya yesterday. The colorful event was well attended by government officials who included Hon Wilbur Otichillo, who is part of the PANARECC, Parliamentary Network on Renewable Energy and Climate Change, The Permanent Secretary of Ministry of Environment and Mineral Resources, MEMR, Hon Ali Dawood Mohamed, civil society, women and youth groups. The flag off started as a procession from central park and made its way to Kenyatta International Conference Center,KICC and was led by a colorful prisons band who were followed by banner holding and branded tshirt wearing crowd. In his speech, the Hon Marende said that climate change is a challenge to economic growth and development as Kenya's economy relies heavily on natural endowments. Droughts, he said, those specifically of 1998 to 2000 had cost the country USD2.8 billion. This was as a result of forest fires, loss of crops and livestock, damage to fisheries, reduced hydro power generation, reduced industrial production and water supply. He noted that even though he was aware that adaptation was the most effective option for helping Africa, it was going to come at a cost.Adaptation, he added, would cost USD1 to 2billion per year by the year 2030. Africa's hopes and aspirations should be held high in South Africa, he said. Adding that the Trans African Caravan of Hope, should as they tell the African story on the impacts of climate change include, climate is now a justice issue.
|Mr Isaac Kalua, Chairman Green Africa Foundation looks at the just signed petition as PS Ali Dawood and PACJA,Continental Coordinator , Mithika Mwenda,look on|
|Participants get engaged |
during the launch