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Is it our duty by Shirley Kemuma Magabi

  1. 1. IS IT OUR DUTY? Our finite knowledge in the current status of the environment is a call for worry. Most individuals are ignorant in the sense that they lack knowledge on the environmental issues we are facing as a planet. By the unsafe practices that we engage our environment in, we endanger our natural resources and this calls for action. Sustainable management of our natural resources is conservatively using our natural resources so that the present and yet to come generation can benefit from it. Most individuals have no idea on the current status of the environment hence putting our natural resources at risk without them knowing it. We need to ambitiously challenge this existing practice if they are not delivering the right outcomes for our environment. One common major practice that endangers our natural resources is deforestation. This is the cutting down of trees for one’s interests. This is particularly seen in Kenya in the rural areas where locals cut down trees for the use of charcoal and firewood for their day to day activities, such as cooking and burning of bricks for construction. Others also cut them down for the use of building materials and the making of furniture. Some even sell this firewood and charcoal for sustenance and for making of paper. Such should be introduced to alternative forms of sustenance, like the setting up of biogas units for domestic use such as cooking and heating purposes. Also, people should be encouraged on the ‘cut one plant two’ rule to ensure that our future generations will have access to trees too. Pollution in all forms affects our environment. We can see in slums sewage running openly and then draining into water bodies when water is polluted, the availability of freshwater becomes scarce which then leads to a fall in the availability of water, which is an environmental concern. Such polluted water can be recycled and used for another use. Oil spillage in water bodies leads to water pollution and affects aquatic life. When aquatic life is affected it leads to the death of aquatic life that may also lead to the extinction of a certain species, which is the loss of biodiversity as well. Overfishing is a practice that most fishermen practise without knowing the dangers behind it, it leads to less aquatic life as well as the loss of biodiversity too. We, however, can’t blame them since the demand for food increased with the increase in population numbers. People should be educated on the dangers of overfishing and introduced to alternative sources of sustenance and food such as farming.
  2. 2. A poorly managed environment leads to the environmental challenges we are facing. Challenges such as the reduction in soil quality. Kenyans have always been urged to cultivate across the slope and not along the slope, this will reduce soil erosion in numerous ways since most rural areas in Kenya are sloppy have hills and mountains. Another practice is to avoid overgrazing since it leads to depletion of grass and also soil erosion. Farmers have been urged to avoid planting the same crop on the same piece of land for a long period as well as avoiding the overuse of chemical; fertilizers and herbicides since it leads to the reduction of soil quality in that piece of land. When people are educated on solutions to our natural resources, they tend to practice it and save the environment as well as themselves in the process. Loss of biodiversity which is the extinction of a plant or animal species is another major concern in terms of our environmental concern on natural resources. Many of our practices lead to this problem and we might knowingly or unknowingly be doing them. One case is poaching and this is done intentionally since it is illegal in most countries. One of the latest cases is the death of the rare female white giraffe that was allegedly killed by poachers where it was staying in one of the conservancies in Garissa. Death of a rare species like that leads to loss biodiversity. The species might also go extinct since it is rare. We need to come together and involve experts on educating the locals on the current status of the environment and how we can come up with long-term sustainable management solutions to our natural resources. This is our planet and it is our duty to protect and save it.
  3. 3. Name: Shirley Kemuma Magabi Age: 20 years Grade: 2nd year School: The University of Nairobi Class: Journalism and Mass Communication Postal address: P.O BOX 0706696919-00100 Cellphone: 0706585453 Email: shirleykemuma@gmail.com

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