Let's green our hearts and minds, says CS Tobiko

Kenya's Environment and Forestry Cabinet Secretary Keriako Tobiko has called for the greening of the hearts and minds to address finance's challenges in protecting and restoring nature.

The CS spoke on Wednesday, June 1, 2022, in Stockholm at a Ministerial event on nature and finance that discussed ways to unlock the needed resources to protect and restore the vital natural capital on which economies, food security and well-being rely.

The CS decried the lack of political will regarding budget allocation to support projects and programmes geared towards the restoration and protection of nature.

"Every minister of environment faces a nightmare when it comes to pushing for budgets in our national assemblies and corporates; we not only need to fix our financial systems, we need political will", CS Tobiko said.
The CS spelt out the interconnectedness between human and nature, adding that protection of nature should not be done out of sympathy or mercy, but nature should have its rights and should be respected the same way human rights are.

The CS said when we talk of global goals must recognize the rights of nature in our legislation at regional and national levels.

On the crime of ecocide, CS Tobiko said there was a need to elevate nature to a universal position where those responsible for wanton destruction of nature are liable and punished by law.

The meeting brought together ministers, CEOs and leaders from business, finance and civil society, among others, to address the root of the problem, which is the failure to adequately value nature and the need to embed nature in economic and financial decisions, to bridge the finance gap, and shift the financial system to become nature positive.

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