Kenya's Environment and Forestry Cabinet Secretary Keriako Tobiko has said there is a need to live sustainably and in harmony with nature if sustainable development goals are to be realized.
CS Tobiko said this in a statement delivered on his behalf by Secretary Administration Joel Kitili during the World Environment Day celebrations themed Only One Earth held at Dedan Kimathi University in Nyeri County, central Kenya.
"The theme for World Environment Day 'Only One Earth' focuses on the need to live sustainably in harmony with nature, and the possibilities for shifting to a greener lifestyle through both policies and individual choices."
The CS said recognition that the Earth is still our only home must push us to ensure that every action taken by all of us is helpful to save our home, adding that to make it better and more sustainable, we must leave it better than we found it for future generations.
The CS said human activities have caused the triple crises of climate change, biodiversity loss, pollution, and waste management. The CS noted humanity still has the power to reverse the damage caused through reimagining, recreating and restoring nature to kick start action for a better world.
To address these challenges, the government has put in place policies and regulations and programmes to restore the environment and mitigate the impact of climate change.
The CS thanked the Nyeri Catholic Archdiocese for the leadership spirit and for encouraging good environmental stewardship through the Greening Kenya Initiative, where various programs are being undertaken.
On his part, Archbishop Anthony Muheria of the Nyeri Catholic Archdiocese said all religions recognize the bond between humanity and nature, adding that the environment is the extension of God's presence through his creation.
The Archbishop called for clear, definitive and consistent actions towards caring for mother earth. Through the Greening Kenya Initiative, the Catholic Church intends to grow 10 million trees in schools and across the country by 2030.
Archbishop Muheria said the Church is keen to change the people's mindsets not only to plant trees but to love nature as a commandment from God.©Standard Gazette, 2021. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this site’s publisher is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Standard Gazette with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.