A MOTIVATIONAL TALK TO IKUTHA AND KIVUTI JAMES BOYS SECONDARY SCHOOLS
A motivational speaker creates a human experience that awakens the audience and shines a light on the path ahead. The best speeches engage the minds and hearts of people and the best speakers cause each member in the audience to: Remember connect back to their highest purpose as a human being, as a team, or as a company. The general purpose of a speech is to inform, persuade or entertain an audience. All speeches fall into one of these three categories. Remember which helps one to connect back to their highest purpose as a human being, as a team, or as a company. The speakers move the audience beyond daily distractions and lead them back to remember what their mission is in the first place.
He also helps them rethink and see their life and work with new eyes. They create an environment and thought-provoking content that leads people to dwell in possibility and see things from new angles of vision. The final purpose is respond to compel words into action. They use powerful stories and illustrations that light a fire in people and stimulate an authentic desire to be a catalyst for positive change in their life and work. The speech comes to life!
Kenyatta University Students (Kitui South Association) and school of Environmental studies (EPM) students organized a trip to Ikutha and Kivuti James Ndonyi Secondary Schools for a motivational talk. The trip started at 4.00 a.m. at and took 6.00 hrs to arrive at the School. Kitui County is located in the former Eastern province of Kenya, about 160 Km east of Nairobi and it is one of the largest counties in the country covering an area of 30, 496.5 square Kilometers.
This was a volunteer initiative by the students and mainly discussed among other things: Time management, Goals and goal settings, dreams and other ambitions, talents and hobbies and university among other things. The 250 students who attended the function said that they had learned a lot from the talk and asked them organize another bigger event that will cover a range of other issues affecting mentorship of secondary school students. They also took time to market the School by giving them School brochures with they had carried in plenty. They left the University at 6.30.p.m. and arrived at 1.00 a.m
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TREE PLANTING DAY AT THE UNIVERSITY HELD ON 16TH MARCH, 2019 AT THE UNIVERSITY ARBORETUM
Every year, the Kenyatta University School of Environmental Studies conducts a tree planting exercise as part of its efforts to conserve the environment to mitigate against adverse effects of climate change. The 2019 tree planting exercise was organized by the Deans office through the School of Environmental Studies congress person (KUSA).
This year’s activity took place on 16th March 2019 at Kenyatta Universities Arboretum where around 30 students from the School participated. The students planted 100 indigenous seedlings donated by Green Peace Africa. Green peace for Africa is a growing movement of people acting in protection of the environment. Their campaign is peaceful, creative confrontation to expose the environmental injustices around the world and develop solutions for a green and peaceful future. The university is targeting to plant 15000 trees which should be planted during this year’s rain seasons.
The students have realized the importance of trees not only here at the University but also in the country and globally. Here at the University, the trees which should be planted includes indigenous and Fruit. The university emphasizes on careful study of different soils and areas to know where to plant which tree seedlings and ensure we do not only plant the seedlings but also ensure its survival. Trees create an ecosystem to provide habitat and food for birds and other animals. Trees absorb carbon dioxide and potentially harmful gasses, such as sulfur dioxide, carbon monoxide, from the air and release oxygen. One large tree can supply a day's supply of oxygen for four people. Trees contribute to their environment by providing oxygen, improving air quality, climate amelioration, conserving water, preserving soil, and supporting wildlife. During the process of photosynthesis, trees take in carbon dioxide and produce the oxygen we breathe.
It's no secret that trees help the environment, but you may be surprised by all the benefits that planting trees can provide. Besides producing oxygen and removing carbon dioxide and contaminants from the air, trees have many other social, economic, and environmental benefits.
Students pose for a photo before the Start of the exercise
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Fourth Session of the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA-4).
This is global event held each year. The fourth session of the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA-4) took place from 11th -15 March 2019 at United Nations Environment headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya on the theme “Innovative Solutions for Environmental Challenges and Sustainable Consumption and Production” the upcoming events that are published on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) .The 2019 UN Environment Assembly focused on the role of innovation in sustainable Development of a country the event was marked by a series of events including speeches from the best – leaders in government, private sector and civil society The duration of the session was five days.
United Nations Assembly is the world’s highest-level decision-making body on the environment, and it draws participants from governments, entrepreneurs, activists and others to share concepts and commit to action. The Global gross domestic product (GDP) has significantly shot up since 1960s facilitating growth in other sector of the World economies in turn increasing peoples incomes and making them come out of poverty line. This economic growth has been punctuated by increases in demand for the utilization of the available resources. This has led to the overutilization of the resources making some to be scarce hence causing conflict between human and Animals.
The 2019 UN Environment Assembly mainly focused on the role of innovation in transforming the decisions we make as individuals and how we consume and produce them The aim of this session was to deliberate and come up with a global leadership and provide the push needed world governments to manage the environmental resources and live sustainably. The participants who were drawn from the best– leaders in government, private sector and civil society gave speeches on the innovations that can help us live and work sustainably, address critical environmental challenges and create shared value in the process. It is evident that multilateralism has grown and the United Nations Environment Assembly provides us with a tremendous opportunity to make a positive impact on people’s lives, choices and behaviors. Kenyatta University was greatly honored by United Nations to be given one slot for a Kenyatta University Environmental Club (KUNEC) Club Chair to represent the School in the Fourth Session of the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA-4).
KUNEC Officials get a word of advice from the cabinet Secretary for Ministry of Environment and Forestry
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THE NATIONAL CELEBRATIONS TO COMMEMORATE WORLD DAY TO COMBAT DESERTIFICATION
The World Day to Combat Desertification has been observed since 1995 to promote public awareness relating to international cooperation to combat desertification and the effects of drought. In 1994, the United Nations General Assembly declared (General Assembly Resolution A/RES/49/115) June 17 the "World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought" to promote public awareness of the issue, and the implementation of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification in those countries experiencing serious drought and/or desertification, particularly in Africa. Ever since, country Parties to the Convention, organizations of the United Nations System, international and non-governmental organizations and other interested stakeholders have celebrated this particular day with a series of outreach activities worldwide. The World Day to Combat Desertification is a unique occasion to remind everybody that desertification can be effectively tackled, that solutions are possible, and that key tools to this aim lay in strengthened community participation and co-operation at all levels. The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development declares that “we are determined to protect the planet from degradation, including through sustainable consumption and production, sustainably managing its natural resources and taking urgent action on climate change, so that it can support the needs of the present and future generations”. Specifically, Goal 15 states our resolve to halt and reverse land degradation.
Procession creating awareness around Makindu Market
The 2019 theme for World Day to Combat Desertification was “Let's grow the future together'. It urged stakeholders to move away from unsustainable land use and make a difference by investing in the future of land. This event provides an opportunity to look back and celebrate the 25 years of progress made by countries on sustainable land management, as well as looking at the broad picture of the next 25 years where we will achieve land degradation neutrality. The celebrations hence served as a platform to create awareness to communities and empower them on the importance of collaborating together in efforts of tackling land degradation neutrality to provide a solid basis for poverty reduction, food, water security and climate change mitigation and adaptation.
Some of the activities that could be undertaken to combat desertification include:
• Reforestation and tree regeneration
• Water management — saving, reuse of treated water, rainwater harvesting, desalination, or direct use of seawater for salt-loving plants
• Fixating the soil through the use of sand fences, shelter belts, woodlots and windbreaks
• Enrichment and hyper-fertilizing of soil through planting and Farmer Managed Natural Regeneration (FMNR), enabling native sprouting tree growth through selective pruning of shrub shoots. The residue from pruned tress can be used to provide mulching for fields thus increasing soil water retention and reducing evaporation.
WDCD 2019 MAIN EVENT
This year’s event was commemorated in Makindu town, Makueni County. The theme for this year’s event served to help us reflect on the many challenges facing Kenya in our effort to combat desertification. It focused on how consumers can regenerate economies, create jobs and revitalize livelihoods and communities by influencing the market to invest in sustainable land management. Makueni County (formerly Makueni District) is a county in the former Eastern Province of Kenya. Its capital and largest town is Wote. The County has a population of 884,527 (2009 census) and an area of 8,008.9 km².
ACTIVITIES DURING THE WDCD 2019 EVENT
The Guest of Honor, Chief Administrative Secretary in the Ministry of Environment and Forestry led other dignitaries in a tree planting ceremony at the venue of the national event. Tree planting was conducted under the leadership of the National and Local Steering Committees including the Chairman, NEMA Board, Director General NEMA, County Commissioner and CEO’s of various institutions including KWS, UNDP, UNEP and the Deputy Governor.
Students planting trees
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MODIS Flood Monitoring Assessment Training at Kenyatta University
The training began by a courtesy call to the Dean School of Environmental Studies by the GIS Patron Kenyatta University Prof. Simon Onywere, who introduced the Trainers and briefly explained the importance of the MODIS for providing satellite images of floods, droughts and trees cover. He said the satellite images are there to tell us what is happening in the atmosphere so that we might take the necessary measures. The data from the satellite is well documented but not properly used by the relevant people, so it important that the MODIS partner with more government Ministries, parastals and organizations to put this data in use. For appropriate flood disaster management, there is a need for real-time monitoring, such as National Aeronautics and Space Administration's(NASA) MODIS Rapid Response System, which makes use of the moderate resolution imaging spectroradiometer (MODIS) on board NASA's Aqua and Terra satellites
Flood disasters in Kenya have become a common phenomenon every time the country experiences Long rains in the months of March to May. This floods result in significant loss of life and economic damage. Remote sensing information systems designed to spatially and temporally monitor floods can help the government county Governments and international agencies formulate effective disaster response strategies during a flood and ultimately alleviate impacts to population, infrastructure, and agriculture. Recent destructive flood events in the Lower Tana River Basin occurred in last year 2016, 2017 and 2018 the worst being April, 2018). The (MODIS) remote sensing makes maps and provides satellite images on spatial distribution of flooded areas and lack of proper gauge data in the region makes accurate monitoring and assessment of impacts of floods difficult. The aim of the training which took place at Kenyatta University GIS lab from 18th to 20th March, 2019 was to sensitize the students on the utility of applying satellite-based Earth observations for improving flood inundation monitoring over the flood prone -areas of the country.
The trainers presented a methodology for determining near real-time surface water extent associated with current and historic flood events by training surface water classifiers from 8-day, 250-m Moderate-resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) data spanning the length of the MODIS satellite record. The Normalized Difference Vegetation Index (NDVI) signature of permanent water bodies (MOD44W; Carroll et al., 2009) is used to train surface water classifiers which are applied to a time period of interest. From this, an operational nowcast flood detection component is produced using twice daily imagery acquired at 3-h latency which performs image compositing routines to minimize cloud cover.
Case studies and accuracy assessments against radar-based observations for historic flood events are presented. The customizable system has been transferred to regional organizations and near real-time derived surface water products are made available through a web interface platform. Results highlight the potential of near real-time observation and impact assessment systems to serve as effective decision support tools for governments, international agencies, and disaster responders.
MODIS Flood Monitoring Assessment Training Using QGIS Participants from: Kenyatta University March 2019 The exercise introduced the participants ( about 70 participants)to QGIS and some of the basic functions of the program. By the end of this training, the participants were expected to be able to: Open a current QGIS file, Set up the layout of your QGIS file , Zoom, move, and navigate a map Turn layers on and off Whenever they work in QGIS Desktop, working with a map document which can contain various layers, which are populated by spatial datasets. A QGIS map document has a *.qgs file extension. The next view shows the individual pieces of the user interface in QGIS. Your QGIS window may look different depending on your settings. This section will taught the participants on how to adjust your layout settings. At the end of the training, all the participants applauded the trainers for imparting very useful knowledge to the participants
we are glad to report that the training on flood monitoring and assessment using MODIS data that took place between 18th and 20th March 2019 was successfully concluded. The training attracted participants from the Department of EPM, other departments and even beyond the University, including students, staff members and the general public. In the past, utilization of MODIS data products was low among our students. It is our hope that the training serves as a springboard to quality research and learning. Participants expressed gratitude for the opportunity and vowed to build up on the skills acquired and translate them into tangible impact on the ground.
Regional Centre for Mapping of Resources for Development (RCMRD)
Dean School of Environmental Studies
GIS Club/ GIS lab Assistants
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