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Focus:Our attention is needed back!

Not too soon ago, the focus of our media was on Mau then ringera and now maybe something else is come,are we not gambling?is the kenyan media serious or taking attention of the real issues?i have only learnt that, if your content is not political then the media moght as well not even recognise your presence.

Just the other day, the Eawls gave a press conference that highlited the other areas of conservation besides Mau that needed to be focused, but only one media station highlited the issues.

One of the issues being the use of Furadan, a pesticide that was banned in America but still used in kenya.The pestcide is killing wild life and  threatening pollination of plants which is a primary process that farmers depend on for yields.They also brought up the issues of drying lakes like Naivasha .The wetlands have  also been  destroyed, an issue that has not been focused well.

With all this issues of grave concern,but still the media is not talking.Who is left to help?shoud we feed the information to a politician for it to be news?don’t we have journalists with environmental concerns?We forget so easly and the opinion shapers and those who set the agenda fro the country should not sit and watch innocent kenyans perish.

by naftal nyabuto

Vote the earth: Earth Hour 2009

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From WWF:
On 28 March 2009 at 20:30 local time, wherever you are, WWF is aiming to mobilize one billion people in 1,000 cities in 100 countries to switch off their lights for one hour. Earth Hour 2009 will represent the largest-ever global vote, and will send a uniquely powerful message to world leaders on the need for urgent, concerted action to combat climate change.

This mass mobilization of people through Earth Hour will carry through to the negotiators and decision-makers meeting to discuss the new Global Climate Deal in Copenhagen at the UN Climate Summit in December. The message is that the world demands a just, effective and science-based Global Climate Deal – and will not accept failure.

Earth Hour began in Sydney, Australia, in 2007, when 2.2 million people participated. In 2008, this grew to more than 50 million people in 371 cities in 35 countries. At the beginning of March, the Earth Hour team has already received commitments from double the number of cities and countries with more coming on daily. There is a huge and growing mobilization of people worldwide who will participate in Earth Hour.

I ask that you look at ways you might mobilize individuals, communities, schools, companies, faith groups and urban areas in your region to join Earth Hour. There are tools and ideas on www.earthhour.org in a variety of languages, and support is available from both the Earth Hour Global team and WWF International.

We recognize that in some countries the idea of switching lights off may not be as straightforward as in some developed countries. If this is an issue I encourage you to be creative and find appropriate ways to join the global vote! For example, one WWF office in Africa will stage an event with the local community at a school using renewable energy.

I particularly urge you to use your networks to encourage local participation. Find ways to maximise local participation.

Earth Hour is a WWF creation, with a global reach-out, and will be followed in the nine months to the UN Climate Summit in Copenhagen with a continued focus on the fact that one billion people are calling on government leaders to act responsibly and agree a just, effective, science-based Global Climate Deal.

For more information on how to participate and be counted, visit www.earthhour.org, Vote Earth, and help world leaders see the light!

For activities in Kenya, select Kenya on the website. Come on Kenya, join us for Earth Hour 2009, turn off your lights at 8.30pm Saturday 28 March and sign-up at earthhour.org.

Post election violence: Impact on forests in western Kenya

We are involved in mapping the impact of post election violence on forests in western Kenya. This is part of a project funded by the Finnish Embassy in Kenya, through the WWF East Africa Regional Programme, that is being carried out by five NGOs – WWF, KFWG, Nature Kenya, IUCN and Forest Action Network – and the Kenya Forest Service (KFS).

Last month we traveled to North and South Nandi forests and parts of the Cherengany ecosystem where the impacts were most felt. There we witnessed destruction of forests plantation through illegal clear – cutting and burning. There were also instances of burning of forest stations and displacement of forest staff. Things are more or less back to normal. However, KFS still has to deal with lack of housing and offices for some of its staff.

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Photo: What remains of the Cerengoni forest office

After the mapping, the team will embark on community forums and peace building efforts.

Liz

East African lawyers sue government over Mau

The East African Standard reports that East African lawyers will next week sue the Government over the destruction of the Mau
They are drafting papers for a case they will file at the East Africa Court of Justice in Arusha. They have accused the Kenya Government of contravening the East African Community treaty provisions on environment.

Read more here