Esther Wanjiku's post

GREEN COMMUNITIES HAVE A VITAL ROLE TO PLAY IN GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT. One of the most frequent narratives you’ll hear about any green initiatives in Africa is that doing so puts much-needed growth at risk. Historically, it hasn’t been one without merit either. African countries are reportedly responsible for just four percent of global emissions. Given their negligible contribution to the climate crisis, why should they be expected to slash their emissions, potentially at the cost of growth and development, even as developed countries continue to push large amounts of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere? Such arguments miss out on one big point, however. Green initiatives however don’t have to come at the cost of development. In fact, the opposite is true. Green projects, particularly in the renewable energy space, can fuel growth and drive development. Moreover, such projects can sit at the heart of green communities that fuel further, sustained growth. It’s worth looking at how big some of the green opportunities are in Africa. Take the agricultural sector, for example. A study by the UN Environmental Programme (UNEP) shows that adopting organic farming, precision agriculture, and agroforestry could help enhance productivity, minimise human impacts on nature, and avoid food insecurity. Perhaps the biggest green opportunities for the continent, however, lie in renewable energy. While Africa is home to 60% of the world’s best solar resources, it has just one percent of installed capacity, according to the International Energy Agency.

  • Princess

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    There is untapped potential that can be harnessed in Africa.

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  • johnte ndeto

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    Coming together is vital of the green community in ensuring climate agenda is achieved

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    • Munene Mugambi

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      Sometimes we have to take these risks to hope that they'll pay off and benefit the greater population through carbon capture and greening our spaces

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      • Kevin

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        The vitality of green communities can never be understated

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        • winnie nguru

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          @Kevin sure. they play a pivotal role

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          • Esther Wanjiku

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            @Kevin You got it right

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          • Gorffly mokua

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            It's vital that we recognize the role of green communities in sustainable development and ensure that these efforts are supported and promoted to help build a more prosperous and sustainable future.

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            • Munene Mugambi

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              @gorffly_mokua we have to nurture more green communities to benefit both ourselves and the planet

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