No matter how nice you try to turn it, the business of raw sewage is not ‘cool’ – but this could be the solution to the electricity menace in Africa. Roughly 645 million people on the continent do not have access to electricity, a key component in pushing Africa’s development agenda ahead.
On a recent trip to Mauritius, I was impressed by one golden thread that wound its way through all my interactions with the people, places, and products in the country – redemption. Maurinet reports that “the first Europeans to have visited Mauritius were the Portuguese at the beginning of the sixteenth century (most probably in 1510). The Dutch who settled on the island in 1598 named it Mauritius after Prince Maurice of Nassau.
Electricity access in Africa remains a challenge, with the majority of the population relying on charcoal, kerosene, and candles. Schools are not exempt from energy poverty: the UN estimates that 90 percent of African children are enrolled in schools that do not have power. Some facilities are taking the matter into their own hands.
She was the first to coin the phrase ‘sustainable development’, some thirty years ago. Ever since, Gro Harlem Brundtland has been instrumental in keeping green issues on the global political agenda, which eventually led to last year’s historical Paris Agreement.
BY MAUREEN MURORI, NAIROBI
Kenya continues to demonstrate its commitment towards the mitigating effects of global warming through various ways, including the signing of local bills and international agreements.
Kenya recently signed the Paris Agreement which, according to the Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Water, and Natural Resources, Judi Wakhungu, will form part of Kenya’s laws.
The agreement, ratified on January 27th, 2017, allows developing countries that bear the brunt of the climate change, to receive finances from developed countries to aid in environmental conservation strategies.