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The Path Towards Achieving a Resilient Climate.

The fury of climate change Impacts has continued to affect many parts of Kenya with immense drought, forcing its residents to walk for miles in search of water, The old good days with adequate rainfall and a sprawling tree cover are long gone. Daily reckless human activities have highly contributed to this disaster; thus, it is our collective responsibility to offer proper sensitization and education on matters regarding climate change, as we seek for sustainable solutions of mitigating these climate change impact.
In the course of climate advocacy journey, We Don’t Have Time Kenya Chapter transversed from one region to the other, leaving no one behind and just as our slogan says, `Together We are the solution to climate crisis’’ we truly lived up to it . We met and interacted with Wiobiero and Rodi Town primary school pupils who received us with so much energy and admiration as we educated them about the importance of environmental conservation through tree growing and proper waste management.
It is crystal clear that this generation is the first to feel the adverse impacts of climate change and the last generation that can do something about it, so we MUST NOT leave them behind because they are the catalyst of change, our future innovators, entrepreneurs and scientists, thus they must remain inspired by our daily acts.
Director, We Don’t Have Time-Kenya (Mr. Patrick Kiarie) with Wiobiero Primary school pupils.
Director, We Don’t Have Time-Kenya (Mr. Patrick Kiarie) with Wiobiero Primary school pupils.

Role & space for the youth in climate change.
Climate change is the environmental challenge of this generation, and it is imperative that we directly involve youths in our every programs. Young people are not only victims of climate change, they are also valuable contributors to climate action in terms of innovation, science and technology.
Unlike before, where young people were largely ignored in Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) now 75% climate promise countries priotize youth in formulating their NDCs, primarily through consultations, raising awareness and advocacy campaigns. Also, the United Nations system continues to work with youth-led organizations because of the key and instrumental role that they play in tackling climate change.
Therefore, for us to achieve our climate goals, we MUST fully involve the young people in our daily programs, conversations and activities and inspire them to continue championing for a better greener and clean future. We Don’t Have Time held a fruitful two-day workshop at Rongo and Kisii universities respectively, where we had a dialogue on Youths role on climate change and biodiversity. After the informative session, they all agreed to join us in the fight of climate crisis.
We Don’t Have Team Engaging students at Rongo University.
We Don’t Have Team Engaging students at Rongo University.

Mainstream Media Contribution to Climate Change.
Through news reporting, TV & radio programming, individual media intake, interpersonal encounters and mainstream media significantly influences both individual and collective attempts to mitigate climate change impacts. However, compared to reporting on politics, economics and sports, many major news outlets have fallen short on covering climate change. But still it is inspiring on how some other media platforms have continued to give comprehensive information about climate change as a way of creating awareness.
We Don’t Have Time was asked to speak on Ndizi Tv’s morning and Jowi Fm Radio’s night-time programs about potential sustainable solutions for reducing the effects of climate change and environmental preservation. The team’s dedication towards protecting the Earth was well-received by the participants.
We Don’t Have Time Team at Jowi-FM Radio Station in Kisumu.
We Don’t Have Time Team at Jowi-FM Radio Station in Kisumu.

Role of the church in environmental conservation.
It is said that, Climate has No religion, everyone is a victim of climate change, it doesn’t matter which religion you belong to, whether an Atheist, Christian, Hindu or Muslim.
Recently Pope Francis declared that the science of climate change is clear & that the Catholic Church views climate change as a moral issue that must be addressed in order to protect the Earth and everyone on it. Church has a very crucial role in calling for climate justice as it influences many environmentally relevant behaviors. Thus, understanding its key role in tackling environmental challenges.
We Don’t Have Time, attended mass services at Pap-Ndege SDA church and Apostolic church, in Homabay county where they urged both congregations to practice afforestation programs; By practicing agro-forestry and using alternative sources of energy as opposed to charcoal/firewood.
We Don’t Have Time Director, Mr. Patrick Kiarie addressing congregation at Apostolic Church in Homabay Town.
We Don’t Have Time Director, Mr. Patrick Kiarie addressing congregation at Apostolic Church in Homabay Town.

Why community’s engagement in climate change matters is crucial.
Direct Community engagements has the opportunity to enable everyone to urgently understand climate action on a macro-level & how to relate to its impacts on an individual community scale.
Public engagements will continue to be the most critical component in building a collective public responsibility for climate action and policies. Through this, a fairer and more inclusive society is created, in which people are actively involved in making decisions that affect them from grass-root level.
The central aim of our community engagements with, Wiobiero village residents at Rodi Ward is to create awareness for a better understanding of climate issues, while we inspire and motivate the society, businesses and communities to collaboratively unlock the opportunities for climate action. The exercise was concluded by a tree planting activity with Wiobiero residents.
We Don’t Have Time Team with Wiobiero Village community leaders.
We Don’t Have Time Team with Wiobiero Village community leaders.

Creativity, Art and Climate Action.
Going back to the famous phrase, `a picture is worth a thousand words’’, art can add to the narrative of climate change and extend on how far the information goes. For us to influence human behaviors, we must explore other ways beyond communicating climate change science. Cultural and creativity approach to climate change has proved its effectiveness through speaking to the people on an engaging, human accessible and fun way.
During Naam Festival which is a creative activism platform running the #JusticeForLakeVictoriaCampaign,where dancers, music bands & spoken word artists create awareness on climate change using their talents; We Don’t Have Time had an opportunity to take a look on the creative exhibitions that are made from waste materials and also participated in the panel discussions that consisted of different experts, including Kisumu County climate change Director, Agwa Maryline who addressed the issue of plastic waste management which is a menace to the Lake. The message was clear, `` Re-pair, Re-cycle and Re-Use’’.
As a way of actively engaging the community, they also had a sculpture competition, where the best sculpture, that is composed of recycled materials was picked and installed. This competition takes place annually as a way of embracing circular art. Naam festival was culminated by a tree planting exercise across Lake Victoria’s shoreline.
Kisumu County Climate Change Director (in pink) & We Don’t Have Time team, inspecting creative Exhibitions at Dunga Hill Camp during Naam Festival.
Kisumu County Climate Change Director (in pink) & We Don’t Have Time team, inspecting creative Exhibitions at Dunga Hill Camp during Naam Festival.

In our pursuit to seek for sustainable means of mitigating climate change impacts, we cannot do it single-handedly. Even the most ambitious cities, states and regions with power to influence policies, can’t work alone. Collaboration across all sectors is the only way to achieve resilient climate. Strong partnerships can unlock the potential of climate -friendly technology.
We Don’t Have Time paid a courtesy visit to Kisii county Environment minister where we discussed about on how we can work together in future to ensure that the environment is conserved and also there is enough sensitization programs on climate change.
The minister said that the main challenge they are facing is plastic wastes management, which has been a menace to them despite their efforts to manage it. The county government is in the process of converting some of the waste disposal sites to re-creational centers as they are trying to seek for sustainable solutions for this problem.
We Don’t Have Time team with Kisii county Environment Minister & climate change Director.
We Don’t Have Time team with Kisii county Environment Minister & climate change Director.

Meet Rahmina from Kenya-Kisumu County, a seventeen old young & charismatic climate activist who is the Founder of Kisumu Environmental Champions and also the pioneer of #letlakevictoriabreatheagain campaign. Her activism, devotion and endless commitment towards mitigation of climate change impacts has earned her worldwide recognition. Also, she has been able to transverse many countries in the world because of her incredible work, including COP27 participation. In her campaign to save Lake Victoria, she removes plastic waste from the Lake and converts them to eco-products which they sell to create an income for some of their activities. During her dialogue with We Don’t Have Team, she said that as we try to stop climate polluters, we should also find an amicable way of engaging with them rather than threatening/suing them.
We Don’t Have Time team with Rahmina (center)
We Don’t Have Time team with Rahmina (center)


  • Kihm Francis

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    You really inspire, motivate and instill hope to many generations!

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    • Mems Dushy

      65 w

      We can do it

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      • zelda ninga

        67 w

        Keep up the good work team WDHT Kenya

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        • rosebellendiritu

          67 w

          Good work!continue

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          • Alice Mwangi

            67 w

            Love the good work you are doing!

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            • Sarah Chabane

              67 w

              Thank you for sharing your insights Patrick! Let's continue to push for climate action 💪

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              • Kevin

                67 w

                Our young people are the future champions of climate action. Great work here

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                • Gorffly mokua

                  67 w

                  Together we will achieve a more resilient climate, Lets keep pushing.

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                  • Tabitha Kimani

                    67 w

                    Well done team!

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                    • Ann Nyambura

                      68 w

                      way to go Patrick! ... Keep up the good work

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                      • Joseph Githinji

                        68 w

                        Keep up the good work team, information is power and passing it to the young generation is saving the future. Congratulations

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                        • Allan Waita

                          68 w

                          It's really motivating let's all join hands in impacting more lives

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                          • john linus Tom

                            68 w

                            This is amazing and encouraging create more impact to the people, I am motivated by this. Keep up the good work

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