Kids and the Environment

 

The globe prepares to celebrate world environment day on 5th June 2022, under the theme #onlyoneearth.

 

We share the earth with 8.7 million other species, all co-existing in the same ecosystem. While natural events in the past such as volcanic eruptions have had enormous impacts on the environment and climate, human activity and rapid industrial advancement greatly hastened these changes that now threaten our survival and that of the other species.

 

We all need fresh air so our lungs are healthy. We need clean food and water so we do not get sick. We need clean roads so we do not touch contaminated litter and enjoy the trip to school.

 

Instead, our roads are filthy from all the trash and plastic at the sides. The sky is full of smoke from cars and industries. Nairobi river, for example, was once so clean that the city’s name meant ‘the place of cool waters’. Sadly, it is now one of the most polluted rivers in our country.

 

Even worse, we experience challenges such as hotter days, less rainfall, and floods when it rains. All these combines to cause problems like inadequate food, diseases, and poverty for many African communities.

If we want to live in a better, cleaner, and healthier world, we must all play our big and small roles in environmental conservation.

At the book club, we aim to Reduce, Reuse and Recycle as much as possible.

During the lockdown, our review sessions were online, which helped to maintain social distancing and also Reduced car fuel use and exhaust fumes emissions.

During the last physical book club session at Railways Museum, we collected all our yogurt cups after having our snack. We will clean and Reuse them later to hold brushes while painting, or to make fun toys for the kids.

At the holiday book camp, we Recycle household materials like toilet paper rolls and old magazines to make fun and creative DIY projects like pencil holders.

Other things you could do to help conserve the environment include:

– Not littering

– Picking up trash and putting it in the garbage bins

– Separating household trash into organic and inorganic waste for better disposal

– Planting trees

– Collecting water when it rains

– Not wasting water or leaving the taps running

– Talking about the environment with our friends and family to get more people onboard

It is our duty to protect the environment for our sake and that of future generations.

Now, what shall you do to save the world?

 

Maggie Mungai

Bintumani Group Facilitator

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