Monday, December 6, 2021
From left -COP26 President Alok Sharma, PS Ministry of Environment and Forestry Dr. Chris Kiptoo,  Wanjira Vice President and regional director for Africa, world resources institute , Wanjira Matthau, CEO Wildlife Direct Paula Kahumbu listen to  standard photographer Joseph Kipsang presenting on his photos exhibited at circle art gallery in Lavington  during the  Climate  photography exhibition.

From left -COP26 President Alok Sharma, PS Ministry of Environment and Forestry Dr. Chris Kiptoo, Wanjira Vice President and regional director for Africa, world resources institute , Wanjira Matthau, CEO Wildlife Direct Paula Kahumbu listen to standard photographer Joseph Kipsang presenting on his photos exhibited at circle art gallery in Lavington during the Climate photography exhibition.

The PS said the vagaries of climate change such droughts, heat waves and rising water levels are directly causing destruction on people’s livelihoods, while increasing human wildlife conflict.

Speaking in Nairobi when he presided over the award ceremony for British High Commission’s climate change maker’s photography exhibition, the PS said Kenya has submitted its Nationally Determined Contributions that aims at reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 32 percent by 2030.
PS Kiptoo said, the government focus will be more on renewable energy, adaptation and mitigation measures towards cutting emissions.
“On adaptation, we will need 44 billion US dollars and we can only manage 10 percent from our own source,” he said.
“Pictures speak more than a thousand words, i am honoured to be part of this unique exhibition of spectacular collections of photography that have captured images of the environmental challenges that we face as a society” he added.
The PS  said the photos were depicting different scenarios that demonstrate nature-based solutions, climate technology and innovation, and adaptation efforts by communities to curb greenhouse gas emissions.
The exhibition profiled 13 photographs selected from a competition launched last year by the British High Commissioner Jane Mariott, the aim of the competition was to depict how climate change is affecting Kenya.
PS Dr. Kiptoo (center), The winner of Climate Photography Billy Bilima and COP26 President Alok Sharma (left), during the unveiling of the winner.

PS Dr. Kiptoo (center), The winner of Climate Photography Billy Bilima and COP26 President Alok Sharma (left), during the unveiling of the winner.

The exhibition is part of a year of climate action in Kenya, a move that seek to rally the world to deliver clean, inclusive and resilient recovery following the outbreak of the deadly corona virus pandemic.

Present during the event were British High Commissioner Jane Mariott, CoP26 President Alok Sharma among others.
Sharma said the effects of climate change were devastating and as the UK looks forward to host the UN climate change conference(CoP26) this year it will advocate for global climate action working with Kenya so that their climate agenda is heard.
He said the images were depicting the impacts of climate change and how it has altered earth.
Kiptoo said Kenya is committed to taking part in UN climate change conference as part of harnessing resources to mitigate and adapt to climate change.
Photos by Billy Bilima, Fredrick Leica, and Rose Mokeira were selected as the best. Billy Bilima was selected the winner based on a photograph of the use of second hand fasteners to make baskets in Eldoret while Fredrick Leica’s photograph of winds of change  was taken in October 2018 at Ngong hills, Leica’s photo showed the renewable energy potential the country has.
Rose Mokeira’s photo showing an elderly retired civil servant planting a tree near Chalbi desert despite the scorching sun was the third.
The competition was sponsored by power generation company Globeleq the winners were awarded KSh 200,000.

Winners of the Climate changemakers photography competition  Billy Billima, Dennis Okangi,Frederick Leica and Rose Mokeira.

Winners of the Climate changemakers photography competition Billy Billima, Dennis Okangi,Frederick Leica and Rose Mokeira.

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