Environment and Climate Change
The Environment and Climate Change is a program in IRCK that is strategized to promote sustainable environmental conservation and climate change management. All the activities to be implemented under this Environment and Climate Change program aims at promoting sustainable environmental conservation and climate change management through development of right policies, institutional framework, awareness creation and mobilisation of resources as recommended by the Kenya National Climate Response Strategy.
The program activities are implemented under guidance of Strategies set in the IRCK Strategic Plan: – To promote sustainable environmental conservation and climate change management.
- Build the capacity of religious leaders, congregations and the communities on environmental conservation and climate change management.
- Advocacy on sustainable environmental conservation and climate Change Management
- Religious leaders and communities engaging in afforestation and re-afforestation programmes for environmental stewardship
- Networking and alliance building with communities and like-minded partners for joint resource mobilization and implementation of the programme area.
- Improve visibility of IRCK’s environmental conservation and climate change management
This program aims to achieve various outcomes that will improve sustenance of the environment and curb the major impacts of climate change. The program outcomes are:
- Religious Leaders and congregational members empowered on environmental conservation and climate change management
- Religious leaders and congregation members actively engaged in influencing, review and implementation of environmental conservation and climate change
- Religious leaders and communities sensitized to engage in afforestation and re-afforestation.
- Monitoring, documentation and learning systems for sound and sustainable environmental and climate change management strengthened
5. Increased Resources for sustainable programme implementation
Reclaiming Our Green
Due to the restricted movement to curtail the spread of Covid-19 has seen high volumes of waste disposal. From the beaches of Indian Ocean to the remote shores of the Lake Victoria Basin, plastic pollution is on the rise everywhere, harming the marine ecosystem and affecting human health. To truly tackle this crisis globally, we need to solve the problem at its source.
It’s time to demand that massive consumer goods companies reject unnecessary throwaway plastics. There is no human health without planetary health, and these companies must embrace a green and just future by investing in reusable systems that keep public health and workers’ rights at their core.
Join The Inter-Religious Council of Kenya clerical call for an ecological conversion as we strive to live more by reducing our footprints and demand for proper disposal processes for plastic products.
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Our Sacred Waters
This is a Faith-led initiative to conserve our waters.
Our Sacred Waters is an initiative of multi-faith effort in actualizing the national Water Master Plan 2030 which is anchored on the Water Act 2016. At the congregation level it was inspired by a concern over the fast accumulating solid waste especially micro plastics and single use plastics due to the containment measures put in place to stop the spread of the Covid-19. Most of these plastic wastes end up in our oceans, lakes, rivers, streams and tributaries that meanders near our places of worship.
We realized that most plastic waste originates from households and industries that don’t practice proper waste disposal mechanisms such as waste recycle and segregation. Our Sacred Waters therefore seeks to influence behavioral change by discouraging over-dependence on plastic products and encouraging personal responsibility when it comes to consumption and waste generation.
Plastic Pollution in rivers is a menace that can only be addressed sustainably if riparian households and industries are actively involved in proper management of plastic waste and other solid wastes at individual levels. According to the holy books water symbolizes new life and faith in general and to this effect people of faith are called upon to minimize the use of this most precious natural resource. To achieve this religious leaders have introduced monthly clean up exercises in the informal settlements in a bid to create awareness on management of plastic waste, concept of minimalism and recycling resources; while bettering our living and worshiping spaces.