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Nairobi City County’s Climate Change Workshop: Collaborative Efforts with Global Partners Address Impacts on Children and Young People

Nairobi, 14th February 2024

Nairobi City County’s Climate Change and Air Quality Monitoring unit in collaboration with London School of Health Services and Tropical medicine, Ylabs, C40 Cities and Urban Better concluded a three day workshop program on children, cities and climate action lab held at Charter Hall.

The meeting discussed impacts of climate change on children and young people and how the youth can apply their strengths and knowledge in addressing the impacts of climate change. It also tackled the interconnected challenges, such as climate crisis, role of the cities in reducing Green House Gases (GHG) emissions and communicating new scientific evidence on public health on grounds to the young people’s wellbeing and livelihood.
Climatechange4Addressing the participants, the County Deputy Director for Climate Change and Air Quality monitoring Mr. Maurice Kavai who represented the County Executive for Green Nairobi Mr. Ibrahim Auma, emphasized the need to prioritize children’s health and their well-being by investing in cleaner air, water, and food systems through reducing pollution from vehicles, factories, and other sources, as well as promoting active transportation and green spaces where children can play and thrive.

“We must empower children to be active participants in climate action. Education is key to fostering awareness, empathy, and a sense of responsibility for the planet. By teaching our children about environmental conservation, renewable energy, and sustainable living practices, we equip them with the knowledge and skills they need to become stewards of the Earth.” Mr. Kavai said.

Mr. Kavai urged for collaborations among governments, civil society and the private sector in accelerating climate action at the local, national and global levels noting that no single entity can solve the climate crises.
Climatechange7“The fate of our children and future of our cities are inextricably linked to the health of our planet. We all have a moral imperative to act with urgency and resolve.” Remarked Mr. Kavai.

So far Nairobi County has installed 20 Air monitoring gadgets across the city for the purpose of giving its residents a view of its air quality status. Real time air quality data can be accessed on the Nairobi City County Website.

The three day meeting also saw participants engage on Air Quality data analysis, qualitative research and designing of an air envisioned City.


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