By Joe Aura
In the wake of the African World Summit in Nairobi, where leaders established ambitious goals to combat climate change, it is critical for Kenyan university students to play an active part in supporting the Kenyan government’s initiatives. Here are some examples of how students and institutions may make a difference:
1. Raise awareness: University students, as future leaders, may educate themselves and others about climate change, its causes, and its consequences. To promote knowledge and support sustainable practises, organise awareness campaigns, seminars, and workshops.
2. Embrace renewable energy: To lower their carbon impact, universities can invest in renewable energy sources such as solar panels and wind turbines. Students can advocate for the use of renewable energy and support the usage of energy-efficient technologies on campus.
3. Encourage the use of sustainable transportation: To reduce greenhouse gas emissions, encourage the use of public transit, carpooling, cycling, or walking. Universities can offer bike-sharing programmes and encourage the construction of on-campus cycling infrastructure.
4. Put in place waste management strategies: Reducing, reusing, and recycling! Encourage waste segregation and recycling efforts on campus. Students can set a good example by promoting sustainable practices in their everyday life.
5: Encourage local food production: Universities can set up community gardens or work with local farmers to promote sustainable agriculture. Encourage students to eat locally sourced, organic, and seasonal foods at college cafeterias.
6. Encourage students to conduct research on climate change mitigation and adaptation options. Universities can help fund and resource creative projects that solve environmental issues.
7. Students can join environmental clubs or organizations to push for improved climate change legislation at the local, national, and worldwide levels. Participate in peaceful protests and engage with policymakers to push for sustainable practices and regulations.
Remember that every small step matters! University students in Kenya can make a substantial contribution to the government’s efforts to tackle climate change by adopting sustainable practices collectively. Let us be the change we seek!