World Environment Day Celebrations in Garissa by Abdikadir Aden

Jun 30th, 2013 | By | Category: Environmental News, Youth Blog
Abdikadir giving an address on WED Theme 2013

Abdikadir delivering an address on the theme of WED 2013

Recoginzing best Eco-school

The “Best Eco-school” is recognized

Wednesday 5th June, 2013 was my biggest day as a young environmentalist as I joined in the global events for World Environment Day, 2013.
Garissa Youth Environment Movement spearheaded the event which attracted different eco-club members from different primary, secondary and tertiary levels of education, the general public, different corporate organizations and the county government.

This year, the World Environment Day theme was Think.Eat.Save. The aim is to encourage us to reduce our food print by becoming more aware of

 

the environmental impact of food waste and loss across the food supply chain. The venue for the day was the Young Muslim Children’s Home. As a young environmental activist, I intentionally selected this venue because many of us eat a lot and even without proper thinking, but the little orphans at the childrens’ home often go to sleep with little food and only half-full stomachs.

eco-club members at the event

Eco-club members at the event

Many messages were spread from different theme interpretations with school children using poems, skits, drama and even vernacular language to make sure that the messages are spread.

Abdikadir honring certificate of appreciation from UNEP

Abdikadir is honored with a Certificate of Appreciation from UNEP

Thanks to the United Nations Environment Programme- Division of Communications and Public Information (DCPI) for their award certificates which recognized different institutions, organizations and individuals for their support toward sound environmental campaigns.

Young Muslim Academy was also recognized with a trophy from the Kenya Organization for Environmental Education for being an institution that has replicated good environmental practices.

Abdikadir planting a tree at the event

Abdikadir planting a tree at the event

The platform was also used to address “Plant a tree for Peace by Learning About Forests (LEAF)” There has been increased cases of insecurity in the region for the last two years and by planting trees in solidarity, we are promoting peace.

The students were given 500 trees to plant in their school compound. The trees were handed to the schools’ environmental club members.
I sincerely thank all those participated in this year’s celebrations and for making our World Environment Day 2013 a major success. Their participation has made us proud.

 

By Abdikadir Aden, Volunteer Youth Blogger  

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