Event’s period: Two days event
Date: 5th & 6th October, 2017
Kenya’s economy is largely driven by natural and biological resources as evident in the various sectors such as agriculture, tourism, energy and industry. However, these sectors are seriously being affected by the changing climate. Climate change has resulted into poor agricultural output due to unpredicted rainfall, reduced soil microbes’ activities and increased pests prevalence. This has threatened the agricultural sector, food security and financially handicaps the families of the famers. Deforestation of the country’s indigenous and exotic forests especially those that act as water catchment areas and habitats of biodiversity brings about reduced water volume in rivers and lakes that is necessary for human and animal use also for use in industries. This is leading to more GHG emissions and threatening energy sector especially hydroelectric power. This has increased the cost of production in some industries.
In the recent past, Kenya’s industrial sector has been growing. Manufacturing and processing plants have been sprouting all around. These factories release wastes of various forms into the environment. Some release gaseous wastes such as carbon (II) oxide and sulphur dioxide which increases the amount of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. Others release chemical wastes which are deposited into water bodies causing massive water pollution leading to fish kills and waterborne diseases while others have created illegal dumpsites to dump various solid wastes. Urbanization has also contributed to the waste management menace with unplanned settlements being on the rise. These housing schemes do not have properly planned waste disposal infrastructure thus sewage waste ends up in rivers and solid waste such as plastics and kitchen wastes find themselves in ever increasing open dumpsites. Urbanization has also led to increased number of motor vehicles most of which are fuel guzzlers. They release carbon in their exhaust fumes thus contributing to the bulk causing climate change. All these factors have caused serious problems and environmental crisis.
The rate of unemployment in Kenya has been on the rise. The increasing population has it that there is a large number of able youths but very few job opportunities. The government has made education fairly affordable thus most of the youth have basic enlightened .They therefore desire white collar and blue collar jobs which are ever scarce. Many households are living below the poverty index with some managing with less than a dollar per day. This desperation has led to the rise of crime rate in the country as people seek ways to survive. The Kenyan population is thirsty for income generating ventures which are the only way to solve the problem of unemployment.
Drawing youths, (which are the majority) into addressing these problems through innovation will see more opportunities created. The innovation will provide a platform where students, youths, youth groups and the general public can showcase their various innovative ideas they are putting in place and to demonstrate how to convert environmental issues into various business opportunities. The ideas, skills and projects will provide a pathway towards achieving the objectives of a green economy and climate change which are; resource efficiency, social inclusivity and reducing carbon emission while creating employment opportunities and protecting the Mother Nature.
These exhibitions will also provide opportunities for the youth to learn more about sustainable development and how they can be involved to promote its mainstreaming at both local and national level. The various innovations are expected to be touching on key environmental issues like waste management, waste water management, pollution, agriculture and food security, green energy, education, ICT, forestry and the general climate change.
Various organizations from various sectors like agriculture, energy, transport and manufacturing will get opportunities of absorbing the various innovative ideas and skills that will be exhibited on that day. There will also be an opportunity for the youths and students from various universities to mingle and interact with the various guests drawn from various professions about their innovations and careers. The guests, various organization and governments leaders on the addressing session will get to share their success stories on greening Kenya’s economy and offer suggestions on solving the problems the youth may be facing when starting up.OBJECTIVES
Presentations will be done by renowned and organizations’ people with emphasis on the thematic areas of the event. The speakers will be chosen by the KIUESA committee and interested parties. These presentations will take place on the first half of the first day of the event where the attendants and participants will be addressed.
The posters and banners will portray the theme: “Turning Climate Change Challenges into Opportunities through Youth Innovations”. The organizing committee will organize for the banners and posters to be displayed throughout the venue before and during the day of the event. Posters will be used earlier to advertise the event. Other poster and banners will be designed and displayed during the event to encourage investments towards addressing climate change.
This will involve a brainstorming session on some of the innovations that the youth can come up with in solving some of the environmental challenges and how they can transform these innovations into successful ventures. This session will take place on the last half of the second day.
The event is majorly on displaying of the various innovative ideas, skills and projects that are already being undertaken or even emerging ones. The exhibitions will start from the first day of the event to the second day at mid-day where the youth groups, individuals, students, will be showcasing their innovative ideas and skills. This will be divided into the following categories:
At the end of the event, we aim at having a well-informed public that can drive the country towards being a green economy. We also intend to commercialize the various innovative ideas to both national and international markets through the various donors, firms, organizations and governmental institutions that will be invited to the event. The youths through this will get opportunities to sell or proceed with these ideas to greater heights and earn a living from these. The event will bring together various stakeholders therefore stimulate their collaboration towards achieving the green economy.