EDITORIAL

We need long-term solutions to drought

In Summary

Four suggestions to deal with global warming in Kenya

The carcass of a cow that died due to drought in Soy North, Elgeyo Marakwet county, February 27, 2017.
The carcass of a cow that died due to drought in Soy North, Elgeyo Marakwet county, February 27, 2017.
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Serious drought across northern Kenya has resulted in a million people in need of food aid.

It is the end of the dry season and we are waiting for the rains. But all across the world, hot weather seems more extreme than usual.

People are demanding that counties do more to take care of the people but we need a more fundamental long-term solution.

Coincidentally the fourth session of the United Nations Environmental Assembly this week in Nairobi is looking for a way forward.

What could that be for Kenya? 

Firstly, Kenya is capable of generating all its power from renewable energy such as wind and geothermal. We should avoid polluting power like the proposed Lamu coal plant.

Secondly, we need more dams. The tragedy of the present outcry over corruption in dam building is that it is delaying their construction.

Thirdly, we need to control population growth. Land for cultivation is limited and may become less productive because of global warming.

Finally, rich people need to change their diets to eat more pulses and vegetables but less meat whose production hurts the environment.

Quote of the day: "I have always preferred conflict of individuals over the battle of extreme ideologies."

Robert Ludlum
The American author died on 12 March, 2001