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How can our schools take climate action?

Ever thought of taking climate action while in school? How can our school going children be encouraged to be part of this? Greta, a 15 year old student, is leading a campaign to push leaders to act on climate change and so our kids should be encouraged to take the same courage. Greta, for now is a renowned activist who has taken to the streets to literally strike for the future. In her statements, she is not sure how the future will be with all this cases of rising climate change issues. She has stepped out single handedly since the United Nations General Assembly last year, where she made her first touching speech to the leaders to assure her of the future by taking a climate action. She has never looked back since then. Every Friday she is out there passing the same massage to the leaders.

What are Kenyan CHILDREN doing towards this?

I know a couple of kids making a difference out there. Ellyanne Wanjiku, 8 years old has been on the forefront pushing the climate action agenda in Kenya. She really fell in love with Wangari Maathai’s tree planting. So she started planting trees initially at home, then in Karura Forest. 10 became 30, then 30 became 50 & now she has planted 509 trees and thousands more in groups in various tree planting activities. This year she is targeting to plant 10,000 trees in different counties. She has met and interacted with several leaders with her simple message, TAKE CLIMATE ACTION. Latest with the Interior CS Matiang’i during the launch of a Greening Kenya Initiative. She requested him to involve kids in the program. She runs an organization called Children with Nature which brings together kids from all over Kenya on matters environmental conservation. She visits schools influencing students on Climate Change, Tree Growing, Wildlife Conservation, Plastic Pollution and has set up tree nurseries in over 79 schools. She is the Youngest Eco Warrior Award Winner, #ClimateChange Activist, Youngest Ever Kenyan Mashujaa (Hero) 2018. Her recent event she attended and gave a speech at the 1st Ever Youth For Nature a 3 Day Conference organized by the WWF/AWF. She is also preparing to plant over 10,000 seedlings with SAFARICOM, KDF, KENYA FOREST SERVICE tree planting on 25TH JUNE 2019 in Mau Ebru.

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Ellyanne planting a tree, during Climate Change Art launch, with Ministry of Environment and Forestry CAS, Mohammad Elmi

Yvette Hupje, who remembers a girl who stood by parliament a few weeks ago with a placard reading ‘ DO SOMETHING ABOUT Climate Change, Littering and plastic Pollution’ It was Yvette, a 14 year old. Yvette has been pushing for the ban of plastic bottles in Kenya. In year 7, two years ago, there was lots of trash at the entrance of her school and no one cared. THIS thing bothered her. And she decided to take action. She was in fact picking up the trash. And this made her make a decision of starting up the petition. She can’t stand plastic bottles and straws, in fact in her school, she is championing for the ban of single use plastic bottles and straws. During holidays she literally picks trash that people have dropped in beaches, along the road. Her passion is just out of this world and she yearns for a plastic free environment. She is also into tree planting and have attended and partnered in several clean ups in her neighborhood. The petition she runs has attracted over 18,711 signatories. She is as well worried of the future. In her petition and a quote. In case you haven’t seen the news recently, we have been informed that we have twelve years to save the Earth

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Yvette Hupje during a past #FridayforFuture Campaign outside Kenyan Parliament.

This means your children will never go to university, they will never get married, we will never have the life that you have.

Trash at Dandora Dumpsite. 40% is from Plastic bags, bottles

Ray Benjamin Gichana, 4 years, literally tells you off if you flash off litter from your vehicle. He is also encouraging his fellow students to plant trees at their homes and schools. He has planted 7 trees so far and he is excited to be doing more with his friends. Ray can literally lecture you of any environmental injustice you commit.

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Ray Benjamin Planting a tree on his 4th Birthday.

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