June 29, 2011
June 28, 2011
Story by: J.F Regis NISENGWE
On this Friday July 22nd, 2011 at 2h: 45, KIST Environmental Conservation Club (KECC) and African Youth Initiative on Climate Change Rwanda (AYICC Rwanda) held a public lecture and open discussion on climate change. The event, supported by both the Head of Department of Chemistry and the Dean of faculty of science, took place at KIST, Muhabura block, room P016. The presenter was Dr. Landry Ndriko MAYIGANE, AYICC (East Africa Cordinator), who was joined in the effort by other special environment activists Shawel MULATU (AYICC Ethiopia), Jordi MUSONI (JVE Rwanda) and Claude and another guest from international student organization, Beatrice ONYANGO (AISEC).
It all kicked off with the presentation on “climate change and youth involvement” made by Dr. Landry Driko MAYIGANE, and after we heard from other special guests of the day starting with Shawel MULATU and then Jordi Michel MUSONI. They all emphasized the importance of youth involvement in fighting against climate change. They all pointed out, moreover, that youth must be serious and active in order to be successful.
Members of the club joined by other students from different departments noticeably took great interest from the very first slides of the presentation and it peaked up when the open discussion began. The interest was markedly expressed by a wide spectrum of observations, views, interventions, proposals, opinions…. from attendees. Dr. Landry received a sizable number of questions from the attendees which he conveniently and relevantly answered. Other guests too took time to answer questions and give opinions on matters that needed further clarification.
As planned, this afternoon event was crowned by an interesting documentary movie entitled “HOME” that highlights all the aspects of the environment while giving pertinent facts and figures. It also shows the effects of anthropogenic activities (such as cutting tree, mining, oil industries,…) on the environment.
Every one present was grateful that the program was put into place and the attendees were interested and willing to join AYICC-Rwanda in its prospective actions such as road show to Durban due in September, inter alia. In addition to that, members of KECC and other youth that joined the program decided that they must take action to save the environment when they still can.
J.F Regis NISENGWE, AYICC Rwanda member, and the host and organizer of the program
June 20, 2011
June 14, 2011
We have all seen it in the news and we all know from history that Northern Kenya is a fragile and vulnerable Ecosystem faced with many a challenges occasioned by climate change, poverty, malnutrition, bad politics and tribal conflicts to mention but a few. Allow me to bring to your attention another of the many afflictions facing our people in the Lake Turkana basin communities; Gibe 3 dam.
Dams have quite the potential to be disastrous; now, this project is called Gibe 3 since there is Gibe 1 and Gibe 2. About 10 days after its high-profile inauguration ceremony Gibe II experienced a head-race tunnel collapse "provoked by an unforeseen geological event” ...you
assume right, repairs cost money! What's more, the same Italian contractors; Salini Costruttori 'won' the no bidding contract for Gibe 3.
|L. Turkana photo from International rivers website|
- Europe has withdrawn funding (EIB- European Investment Bank)
- Italy's export credit agency (SACE) has denied support to the
- World Bank is not financing the project (because of the Indigenous peoples
safeguard policy and the Bank's Procurement policy)
- US bank is also not getting involved because of violation of environmental standards which the have previously endorsed
- African Development Bank has also withdrawn its support because of violation of International procurement laws
Truth is Ethiopia cannot complete the project without International support therefore, "Let's not waste development aid (US$1.75 billion) on a dodgy and destructive deal that is Gibe 3!!" Said reform the World Bank campaign.
It’s a rather sad issue, laden with hydro-politics (http://www.stopgibe3.org/pdf/The%20Gilgel%20Gibe%20Affair.pdf ) but we have to and we must stand up for what is right! Our people, our water, our rights!
To sign the petition against the completion of the destructive dam>>>
June 13, 2011
June 7, 2011
June 2, 2011
June 1, 2011
Below is what we have planned:W.E.D activity for this year:
There will also be free swimming. Prepare to swim!
Plan for the Day:
'There is no better way to stimulate change than to be the Change'. We plan on carrying out this activity using the vast human resource we have in our
youth groups and create a platform where they can learn (practically) how to set up a tree nursery. A.Y.I.C.C - Kenya will provide the seeds and expertise while the Y's Youth from YMCA will provide hard labour & performing artists.
We do sincerely hope that the information shared will be of use to you as you seek to partner with us towards this noble and necessary event. Many thanks.
NB: The program with timing and all the activities will be sent by tomorrow.
Yours in service,
W.E.D planning team