Monday, February 18, 2019

Dr.Ayub Macharia delivers CS speech during the Innovation week at University of Nairobi.

Environment and Forestry Cabinet Secretary Mr. keriako Tobiko has urged curriculum developers to mainstream climate change into learning programmes to prepare Kenyans to mitigate the threat of the  phenomenon in future.

He said climate change was unprecedented and growing threat by itself and had a multiplier effect to many other threats, a situation that called for urgent action by all Kenyans.

The CS noted that the growing population and rising demand for food and energy would aggravate resource scarcity and exert further pressure on socio-ecological systems exposing it to undetermined changes.

Mr. Tobiko added that severe floods, storms, droughts and heat waves as well as land and forest degradation and salinization of groundwater resources were some of the examples of how climate change interacted with human activity to impact on the environment.

Kenya he observed had experienced the unprecedented challenge of climate change impacts and the corresponding socio-economic losses arising from its high dependence on climate sensitive natural resources that further exacerbated its vulnerability.

Council of Governors chair and Turkana Governor Josephat Nanok(on the right) engages speakers who made presentations at the University of Nairobi during the Innovation week

He noted that the manifestations of climate change constituted serious threat to human existence and had the potential to reverse the gains the country had achieved towards attaining the Vision 2030 and Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).

The CS made the remarks at the University of Nairobi in a speech read for him by Dr. Ayub Macharia, the Director of Environment Education and Awareness, during  the innovation week sponsored by the International Qudra Helix Summit.

In line with the country’s climate change ACT, he said the Ministry would engage the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development in mainstreaming climate change into the education curriculum.

A sign laguage translator in her element during the Innovation week at University of Nairobi Auditorium.

Further he added that the Ministry had also engaged the Kenya School of Government in developing and implementing the climate change training curriculum aimed at building capacity on climate change issues in the country.

The chair of Council of Governors who is also Turkana Governor  Josephat Nanok  who addressed the summit, said that County Governments were committed to support upcoming innovators who were expected to improve technology for sustainable development.

 

 

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