By Ann Nyambura, published on 09 Jun 2020

Can the burger you eat be blamed for global warming?

Is COVID-19 good for the environment?

Who is Wangari Maathai?

I will admit the last question is rather uncommon. I mean you must be living under a rock not to know who Wangari Maathai is. But… I can’t resist the urge to mention the environmental icon especially with World Environment Day being this month. It is on the 5th of June by the way.

So, what is this day all about? The world environment day is an annual day set by the United Nation to encourage awareness and action in the protection and preservation of mother nature from environmental issues, marine pollution, over population and global warming. It is basically a day to discuss the integration of human interaction and the environment. I could have summed up the entire paragraph to that one sentence but where is the fun in that?

This year’s theme is “Time for nature”.

You might be reading this article in 2051 but right now I am in the year 2020. I am pretty sure the world is more developed and technology has evolved but you would not have gotten here if my generation didn’t take care of the environment.

Now let me speak to my people; How old will you be by 2051? Hhhhmh… All wrinkled with grey hair still trying to look cool and ‘forever young’? Hahaha… Enough of me digressing.

The theme “Time for nature” is based on raising awareness in providing essential infrastructure that supports life on the planet and human development in relation to the Standard Development Goals (SDG’s). The focus is meant to drive the momentum to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) that was expected to happen in October 2020 but with the current pandemic this has been pushed to 2021.

Speaking of pandemics, a lot has changed since COVID-19 began. Mostly for the worst but in respect to the environment a lot is to be envied. In various parts of the world like Germany and the United states the level of Nitrogen Dioxide has reduced due to measures put in place to combat the virus. In Africa, the drop in air pollutants is accredited to fewer cars on the road, low gas emission from factories and restricted air travel that contributes to about 7% of global greenhouse emission. This provides us with the opportunity to breathe cleaner air for the first time in a long minute! You sure must have seen memes circulating on social media of people seeing historical sites for the first time from their homes. click here

This clean air supply is also empowering our bodies fight the virus. How? You ask, “It is very good for our lung health that air pollution is down during this time of crisis." Bill Magavern, the policy director for the Coalition for Clean Air, recently told ABC News. "

 Simply put: The availability of clean air supplies our lungs with clean oxygen improving your lung capability to fight the respiratory disease.

 Now let’s get to that burger you so much crave. Did you know that agriculture consumes more fresh water than any other human activity and approximately a third of that water is devoted to raising livestock?

Also, according to Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), livestock contribution to climate change and gaseous emission is about 18% of the global warming effect, larger than the transportation sector globally. So yes, your burger consumption does contribute to climate change. Read more on 
Now let’s get back to Nobel Peace Prize Winner Professor Wangari Maathai. I would love to tell you all about who she is and her contribution to the environment but why don’t you watch her documentary Kenyan by birth, African at heart on Yebo’s website. Click here

Remember to treat each day as environment day. Here are a few easy things you can do;

  • Use less water
  • Plant a tree
  • Have a clean-up day around your estate/ the beach
  • Acquire energy efficient appliances e.g. solar appliances

“There are opportunities even in the difficult moments” -Wangari Maathai .

By : Duanspot
A great read

By : Muthoni Mbuthia
Thankyou for shedding some light and showing the positive aspect of this pandemic.

By : Robinson
Iove the article

By : Wambui
But we love our livestock

By : Robinson theuri
Love the article

By : Robinson theuri
Love the article

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