Focus on the possible in climate change war

In Summary

• Around 20,000 delegates are attending the Africa Climate Summit which opened on Monday

• President Ruto called for rural electrification and climate friendly agriculture in his opening address

The Africa Climate Summit is well underway in Nairobi. Climate change is real. We just need to look at forest fires around the world and unpredictable rainfall in Africa. 

Unfortunately some delegates are proposing a restructuring of the global economy as a solution. This is not going to happen quickly and it is not clear if it would make enough difference in time

Therefore, as President Ruto suggested in his opening speech, African countries have to take affordable measures themselves to manage climate change, even if richer countries contribute to the costs.

In Kenya's case, government has made a commitment to plant 15 billion trees by 2032. Combined with strict protection of gazetted forests, this will ensure that Kenya's water towers continue to hold water. Valley dams and water retention schemes should be put in place around the country.

Ruto also promised to continue making electricity accessible to all in rural areas.  Kenya Power has one of the highest percentages of renewable energy globally. This combination can accelerate economic growth while protecting the environment.

These measures are affordable and within reach. Let us do what is possible rather than fantasising about what is impossible.

Quote of the day: "My policy on cake is pro having it and pro eating it."

Boris Johnson
resigned as UK Prime Minister on September 6, 2022

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