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THE GREEN CHAMPION MASHUJAA DAY IN GATHARAINI RIVER IN GITHURAI

The direct impact of desertification is reduced biodiversity. The reasons for this are many, as climatic changes, drought, or human activity such as overgrazing. Desertification is a major economic, social and environmental problem of concern to many countries in all regions of the world. The World Day to Combat Desertification has not done enough to take care of desertification and drought-related problems in Kenya and more needs to be done.
Since its’ inception in Kenya, stakeholders such as; community organizations, churches, businesses, schools and tertiary institutions have voluntarily taken it upon themselves to clean up public areas and other places where litter has been illegally dumped. Kenyatta University Environmental club Students chose to celebrate the Green champion Mashujaa Day at Gatharaini River This was a day-long exercise, which involved an awareness walk comprising several stakeholders from different segments of society including a large number of students, NGOs, officers, and officials of Environment Wing of the Ministry of Environment and natural resources. The day started with entertainment including songs, dance, and poems from several Schools in attendance and other participants
Their inter-nary of the day events was a Clean- up campaign near the river which is a community-based, environmental initiative that involved collecting plastic bags and bottles near the river. Since this was a community-based activity all the communities near the river were also involved in the cleanup exercise. A Cleanup campaign is a community-based, environmental initiative that inspires and empowers communities to clean up, fix up and conserve their environment.
It also included a session where the participants asked questions affecting f our generation, like can we find a sustainable alternative to oil? Can Scientists, inventors, and activists present stern warnings and visionary solutions for the energy of tomorrow ?. How we can find a solution to the plastic menace in our country which is choking the environment and our marine life? How can we move into the unexplored universe beneath the waves: the beautiful, fragile (and sometimes terrifying) world of the ocean. Humans are builders and creators—but how can we build thoughtfully, without waste? These talks explore sustainable design—both past and present—and it's beautiful, inspiring what is nature? Follow the camera's eye to many stunning places on the planet. These are some of the questions asked by the participants with some participants trying to answer them.

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KUNEC members arrive at  Gatharaini River the Venue for the Mashujaa Day Green Champion celebrations

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KUNEC members  and other participants begin a cleanup exercise s at  Gatharaini River the Venue for the Mashujaa Day Green Champion celebrations

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KUNEC members hands-on in a cleanup exercise  at  Gatharaini River the Venue for the Mashujaa Day Green Champion celebrations

The day ended with a vote of thanks from the organizers and the students headed back to the University.

Acknowledgment
Kenyatta University
Dean School of Environmental Studies
Administrative Assistant
KUNEC Officials/ members

Last Updated on Wednesday, 30 January 2019 07:21

STUDENT’S PRESENTATIONS/PROJECTS DURING THE GREEN  WEEK

The students go an opportunity to present their wonderful projects to the guests who attended the seminar on the second day of Green Week. The following students presented their projects on the second day of the week
Title: Manual and chemical control of the hyacinth
1. MARY KARIETHI
The water hyacinth can be used to make paper, ornaments, fertilizers, Biogas animal feed, yarn, rope, and water purification. This can, in turn, be used as a source of income and obtain clean water offshore.

2. Title: Diversification of green energy modeling a solar desalinator
BY SAM NYAMWAGE & NETTY CHERUTO
This is a machine intended to desalinate rain and ground water for domestic use and for irrigation using sunshine. This is a very good project and can be picked up by the Government to benefit the citizens especially in the rural areas.

3. Title: Making charcoal briquette from water hyacinth BY OJUKA VINCENT
This is a project that makes cooking charcoal from water hyacinth to replace firewood and reduce deforestation through the cutting of trees for firewood and to burn charcoal. It is made using a mortar, a pestle, a good chunk of water hyacinth, ash, salt, and waste paper. This is mixed together to make a paste, from the paste small round balls are made and dried up by the sun to make briquette which is used as charcoal.

4. Title: Termite indoor farming in Busia County
BY JONATHAN OUMA WAFULA.
This is simple indoor farming of western subtropical Climate, which requires a lot of patience. The process includes laying plexiglass slides on a table near the edge, Followed by laying the tubing along one side of one of the plexiglass sides, Then allowing the tubing to flatten a bit. To assemble the farm, you need to heat the sand in an oven to kill molds that can otherwise sprout in the farm and harm the termites. Put about two cups of sand in a glass or metal container with a loose-fitting lid. Do not seal the lid tightly where the termites can live and breed. it is a project aimed at supplementing food in the area and the county as a whole the termites are said to have vitamin A and B and can act as a food supplement.
However other kinds of termites can be used but one has to adjust the farm size in a manner in which to catch them. More information on this farming is available online or with the local agricultural extension service.

5. Title: solid waste management
BY SAMUEL KIMANI
This is a project aimed at finding the best methods that can be used to dispose of solid, liquid and gaseous waste. Some of the recognized practical methods of disposing of certain hazardous waste materials (such as biological medical waste) is like Incineration, which is a controversial method of waste disposal, due to issues such as emission of gaseous pollutants. Waste management is the precise name for the collection, transportation, disposal or recycling and monitoring of waste. This term is assigned to the material, waste material that is produced through human being activity. This material is managed to avoid its adverse effect over human health and environment. The student found out that this is was the best method which can be used for solid waste management.
6. Title: Using a geo-fencing machine to trigger a push for capacity building and marketing
By ANN AOL
A geo-fence contains parameters (geographical boundary, curfew, and alert conditions) applied to a machine. A machine can have only one geo-fence applied to it. When a geo-fence parameter is changed, all assigned machines are affected. This research project is aimed at allowing developers to add location awareness by using visible button trigger on a map which alerts the user within a certain location about certain information that he or she needs to be aware of for example, when a visitor gets in Kenyatta University compound the trigger button will tell him to welcome to Kenyatta University, this is a litter-free zone or when you enter into a game park the trigger button will tell how many elephants are left in the park.

7. Title: Plastics are poison
By Naomi Kung’u
According to a report by the Toxics in Packaging Clearinghouse [PDF], some vibrant solid-colored plastic shopping bags contain high concentrations of lead, a clear violation of state laws. Did you go shopping for holiday presents at a big box retailer or shopping mall this season? Chances are you carried home at least one plastic shopping bag that could be a danger to your health. That is clogging up our gutters, and poisoning our soil and water aren’t the only risks associated with rampant plastic bag use. The aim of this project was to champion for the legislation of laws that forbid the manufacture of plastic bags and their replacement with a more bio gradable bags sisal bags, paper bags, bags made using water hyacinth etc.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 30 January 2019 07:23

 

THE WORLD DAY TO COMBAT DESERTIFICATION 2017

 

CELEBRATIONS AT CHELETA PRIMARY SCHOOL IN RUNDA ESTATE
This is an event that is held globally and helps young students to learn about more about forests and aims to increase knowledge about the key role forests play in sustaining life on our planet through outdoor and classroom learning. The programme encourages students to reconnect with their woodland heritage and instils them with a sense of ownership of their environment, which in many places, has become lost over time. This reconnection with the environment is intended to reassert the idea that our forests are a natural asset to be treasured and kept safe for future generations. While the focus of the LEAF programme is on tree-based ecosystems, the skill and knowledge acquired can be applied to any environment on earth.

Learning about Forests advocates outdoor learning and hands-on experiences, which result in the students getting a deeper and more involved in understanding the natural world. What LEAF ultimately strives for is to enable future generations to not only make environmentally sustainable and informed decisions in their lives, but also offers them the opportunity to rediscover the beauty and wonder of the natural world. Learning about Forests instills in students a sense of ownership in their natural surroundings. It rekindles in them the admiration which woodlands arouse and reminds them of the importance the environment plays in our lives.

It also educates them through hands-on learning, the LEAF programme educates about all aspects of the forested environment, encouraging students to understand and engage more with their surroundings. It inspires them to Learn about Forests how to use them and appreciate the wonderful things they do for us, from the wood we use, to the oxygen we breathe. In the Protection aspect, the students were encouraged through illustrative and field trips to realise just how important it is to protect and improve our woodlands.

Kenyatta University Environmental club Members Participated in these years Celebrations at Cheleta Primary School in Runda Estate, Nairobi. The event was organized under the Eco-schools and Learning about Forests (LEAF) Programmes. The bus left the campus at 9.30am and took an hour to arrive at Cheleta Primary School. On arrival, the students were welcomed by the master of ceremony who appreciated them for finding time to join the other invited guests. There were several Speeches by invited guest starting with the Executive Director. Green poems/songs/dance was done by schools with messages on sustainable environmental management and peace. This was followed by Planting of 2,000 trees by guests and participants and exhibition of green innovations/projects by participating institutions with the students enjoying every bit of the moments.

The event will benefit the students through exposing them to other groups working towards combating desertification, actively being involved in the exercise through activities such as tree planting, engaging students from high school and primary schools through interactive forums and by branding the University. They also contribute towards prevention of desertification and environmental protection and restoration. The event ended at 2.30.p.m with a vote of thanks from the organizers and to all the participants. The students had their lunch then drove back to the university arriving at 4 p.m

Acknowledgment
Kenyatta University
Dean School of Environmental Studies
Administrative Assistant
KUNEC Officials/ members

Last Updated on Wednesday, 30 January 2019 07:23

A VISIT TO KIKONGONI PRIMARY SCHOOL IN MAKUENI COUNTY

Kenyatta university Environmental club members (KUNEC) , organized a tree planting event.at Kikongoni primary school in Kitaingo Makueni County. The bus left the University at 7 a.m and drove through Mombasa road to Machakos town, where they had a stop over to buy some refreshments before embarking on a two hour journey to kitaingo primary school arriving at 11a.m. On arrival, the students were received by the school head who gave a brief speech and did introduce some of the staff members. The students were accompanied by Dr. James. Koske, who represented the Dean School of Environmental studies, who also introduced the Students to their host.
This was followed by a mentorship session, where the students related with the pupils and shared their University life experiences or and knowledge to guide the Pupils to be knowledgeable in their studies, how to pass their Exams and gave them some techniques on how to handle the challenging secondary school life ahead of them. This Mentorship experience and relationship structure affected the pupils "amount of psychosocial support, career guidance, role modeling, and communication that occurs in the mentoring relationships in which Pupils and mentors ( students) engaged in.

kunec members pose for a photo inside the bus as they headed to Kikongoni Primary School Makueni County for a tree Planting exercise

 

 

kunec members joins pupils of Kikongoni Primary School in a tree Planting exercise

 

kunec members joins pupils of Kikongoni Primary School in a tree Planting exercise

 

A member of KUNEC joins the Pupils for a group photo

After the exercise a vote of thanks was given by the Students leaders. The host appreciated the Students for honoring their school with such a gesture and thanked the University for allowing the students to attend such a function. The students had real fun being driven through the hills though scary. They had brief session for a bite then embarked on their journey back to the university.

Acknowledgement
Kenyatta University
Dean school of environmental Studies
Administrative Assistant
KUNEC Officials/ members

Last Updated on Wednesday, 30 January 2019 07:23

TEAM BUILDING EVENT AND ADVENTURE IN KARURA FOREST

Karura Forest is an urban forest in Nairobi, the capital of Kenya. The forest was gazetted in 1932 and is managed by the Kenya Forest Service[ in conjunction with Friends of Karura Forest Community Association. Karura Forest is 1,041 ha (2,570 acre) consisting of three parts separated by Limuru and Kiambu roads. The large middle portion is ca. 710 ha (1,750 acres); the Sigria salient to the west is ca. 250 ha (620 acres). The portion to the east of Kiambu road has been allocated to special national priorities  Kenyatta University Environmental Club Members organized a team building event in Karura forest to have some time to bond and have fun. The trip started at the university bus park at 8.00 a.m and after one hour they arrived at the forest. The day was full of interesting activities which included a forest walk, enjoying the cool climate and fresh air the forest provided, watching various species of trees and enjoying the scenic beauty the forest provided.The forest has a variety of birds and butterflies which the students did not miss the chance to see and hear the beautiful songs the birds provided in a sequence. As they listened to the birds sing, took pictures and recorded them in their phones they also had the opportunity to see a variety of butterflies flying all over the trees. Karura forest is also traversed by a River with clean and cold water, which flows slowly downstream. The students had an opportunity to see the scenic waterfall the river provided where they took selfies for future reference o show other members who did not make it to the forest.The day was still young for them and they had the opportunity to enjoy fun moments at the Mau caves inside the forest where they also took photos. They also engaged in Ice breaking activity which is a game or event  to welcome and warm up conversation among participants in, team building session, here the participants didn’t know each other, and the ice breaker helped them introduce themselves to the other participants. They also engaged in thrilling games activities like running, singing and dance, and the most entertaining tag of war where they flexed their muscles through two groups pulling the rope towards their direction to see which team is stronger than the other. Cycling competition was in their game activities for the day where participants competed to see who is faster. it was a day full of fun and enjoyment and could not have ended any better without a bite which they took before heading back to the University.

Karura forest is also traversed by a River with clean and cold water which flows slowly downstream

 

Karura forest has cool climate and fresh air where one can enjoy, watching various species of trees the scenic beauty the forest can provide and the students were among the lucky who had this golden opportunity to enjoy it.

Acknowledgement
Kenyatta University
Dean school of environmental Studies
Administrative Assistant
KUNEC Officials/ members

Last Updated on Wednesday, 30 January 2019 07:24

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