Everyone can make a difference for nature and people. The late Professor Wangari Maathai remains a symbol of hope – a reason to be optimistic. She has inspired many people, not just in her home country Kenya but across the world. She made growing trees important. She played a part in fighting for our country, back when the then ruling president did not support her with her initiative of protecting the country’s biodiversity. A true environmental activists.
In today’s world, young people are stepping up on the climate crisis. From Sweden’s Greta Thunberg to Uganda’s Vanessa Nakate. Young people’s voice are louder than ever before. “We showed that we are united and that we, young people, are unstoppable” are words spoken by Greta Thunberg signifying the power we have when we come together.
In Kenya, we find reasons to remain optimistic from youth starting their own initiatives to green the country and advocating for environmental sustainability to organisations working with young people who will be the stewards of our planet. There are practical solutions to the critical environmental challenges we are facing as a country. Kenya became a role model when she banned the use of single use plastics bags. This led to a butterfly effect as cities and even countries across the world are creating policies to ban single use plastics (not just plastic bags). This remains one reason for hope in beating pollution.
UPDATE : “Activities for the 2020 earth optimism Nairobi are cancelled. However, we hope to keep sharing news bits in the build up to a greater event in 2021”
The purpose of Earth Optimism Nairobi is to bring together people from different sectors to discuss the opportunities and the solutions for environmental conservation and climate change. Conversations on environmental conversation build resilience, raise awareness and spark action no matter how small. Earth Optimism is a turning point towards creating a space for people to share their ideas, activate, inspire, engage, educate, amplify and collaborate.
“Today we are faced with a challenge that calls for a shift in our thinking, so that humanity stops threatening its life-support system. We are called to assist the Earth to heal her wounds and in the process heal our own – indeed to embrace the whole of creation in all its diversity, beauty and wonder. Recognizing that sustainable development, democracy and peace are indivisible is an idea whose time has come” – Wangari Maathai
It’s a new decade for action. A decade to be optimistic. A decade that will make a difference when we come together. Change begins with me and you.