On Saturday, May 25, we hosted the ‘Afrikavuka March for Renewable Energy’ concert under the theme ‘Building Fossil Free Africa’. This initiative aims at mobilizing young people to advocate against plastic pollution.
Earlier in the day, the students took part in an awareness walk from Nyayo Stadium to the University. They also planted trees after the concert on the University grounds.
Several organizations including 350Kenya, Office of Justice, Peace and Intergrity of Creation-Fransciscans Africa , Center of Justice and Working Groups and various universities including CUEA, Tangaza , Technical University of Kenya(TUK), Nairobi University and many others came together to find alternative ways of reducing production and pollution of plastics in environment.
Fr. Omar Elmawi (Franciscans Africa), Sr. Mary Francis (Fransciscans Africa), Mr. Shakila Mohammed (Harmony Institute), Mr. Okumu ( CUEA) and Irene Asuwa (350Kenya) were among the invited guests.
“As CUEA we have the great opportunity to hold this concert and from this as the university, we expect to learn more about environmental conservation”, stated Mr. Okumu.
Sr. Mary Francis in her speech mentioned Professor Wangari Maathai as her immediate role model when it comes to environmental conservation as they worked together with her to make greener and cleaner Kenya. She further stated that the current generation is more interested in technological changes rather than climate changes which make it to be a great challenge to conserve environment.
According to her, as a sister from Fransiscan congregation who are called to nurture nature, she urged the youths to always embrace nature as it is a free gift given by God.
“Don’t just plant any tree but plant the indigenous trees”, she added.
Fr. Omar Elmawi who also is a member of Franciscan congregation urged youths to care and protect environment as he also has planted several trees in Subukia.
Mr. Shakila Mohammed speaking at the same event said,” Future generation depend on us. So let’s keep our environment clean and nurture nature for the coming generation”.