Changing climate for good

The recently concluded Conference of Parties (COP) 27 held in Sharm El Sheikh was a marvel to many people in Egypt. From hotel owners to panelists and to even the countries that have faced climate change. In the past, it was typical to find the conferences to bear no fruits; however, in this recently concluded COP 27, there were valid solutions to aid in positive climate change.

The solutions circled around initiating a damage-and-loss fund and looking for natural methods to rejuvenate the environment. It is during this conference that the western countries shied off their objectives as they were primarily responsible for the deteriorating climate changes. Nonetheless, the summit was a success considering the other Conference of Parties did not yield any fruits.

In Kenya today, the middle class are the ones buying motor vehicles as they raise the bar to a better life. Through such, the environment is at stake. However, congratulations to the former administration for banning plastic bags. I would imagine if plastic bags were still in use; it would be a hectic affair for the environment at large. With the middle class having bought their four-wheelers, the government should initiate policies that would maximize the use of green energy.

Looking at the West, they have electric cars, cars that limit the amount of carbon they emit. Maybe the government of Kenya should follow suit and waiver the humongous tax increments the energy saving vehicles carry with themselves. Just as they did with the plastic bags, they should regulate the purchase of such vehicles.

It was of recent times that England, a policy claiming that every household should be within 15 minutes of green space or water. With such a jurisdiction, it is inevitable to save the environment. For instance, if Kenya would implement such a policy, I believe we would go back to being a leafy nation as opposed to the famed notion of us being a drinking nation. In addition, the children would grow up knowing the importance of conserving green spaces within their reach.

Recently, President William Samoei Ruto advocated for the planting and maintenance of tree cover in the country. He further encouraged his members of cabinet to plant at least a tree when they hold delegations over the country. Following the President’s incentive, I have planted over a 100 trees in my farm, an incentive that would cater for the environmental needs of future generations.

In conclusion, the environment is a sector that is marginalized in our nation Kenya. Taking notes from the recently concluded COP 27, it would be fair to conserve the environment lest we face global warming and other atrocities of nature.

The summit having created an adaption fund, it is now possible to save our environment. Kudos to the previous government for banning plastic bags. It would be a wise incentive for them to reduce taxes on electric cars with the intent of giving the middle class an option to buy electric vehicles. In addition, the government should copy England’s incentive of conserving the environment.

Colin Stanley Karimi is a Kenyan writer with an experience of four years in written publications. He is a contributing writer at Afro Rep, and Writers Space Africa-Kenyan branch. He is the author of African Powerhouse available on Amazon and Nuria bookstores. He has a well detailed insight on research materials and has love for pets, in this case the German Shepherd Dog. His hobbies include writing, programming, reading, and cycling.
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