AFRICA / KENYA – World Environment Day: the decade of ecosystem restoration
Saturday 5 June 2021
Nairobi (Agenzia Fides) – From the protection of agricultural soils against erosion in Kenya, to the restoration of certain biodiversity hot spots in the Amazon, to the conversion of old coal mines in the American Appalachians into carbon sinks, are some of the initiatives promoted on the occasion of the 47th Environment Day which is celebrated today, June 5th.
Among these, in Kenya, the Nairobi Recyclers (NAREC), an eco-friendly non-profit organization, are ready to clean up part of the country’s capital to help restore the ecosystem that has been destroyed. This was announced by the agency of the Association of Members of Episcopal Conferences of East Africa (AMECEA) in a note sent to Agenzia Fides. With the collaboration of youth groups, organizations, friends and community members, the NGO organized to collect the waste and transport it for disposal at designated sites.
“We have identified eight mini landfills in the western part of the city, where we will clean up the garbage collection and dispose of it properly,” explains the initiative coordinator and animator of the Global Catholic Climate Movement (GCCM). âIn addition to collecting garbage and protecting the environment from pollution, the NAREC team has identified 17 schools and 5 religious shelters for children where they plan to plant more than 1,000 fruit trees. and other tree species along the tributaries of the Nairobi River â.
Celebrated annually since 1974, World Environment Day is a platform to promote environmental progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals in which more than 150 countries participate each year.
The commemoration of 2021 Day, which this year will be hosted by Pakistan, also marks the start of the United Nations Decade for Ecosystem Restoration 2021-2030. Led by the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), with the support of its partners, it is designed to prevent, stop and reverse the loss and degradation of ecosystems around the world.
âRestoring ecosystems is a large-scale global endeavor,â reminds the United Nations. “It means repairing billions of hectares of land – an area larger than China or the United States – so that people have access to food, clean water and jobs.” (AP) (Agenzia Fides, 06/05/2021)