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Hundreds of Kenyans Join International Protests to Demand Political Leaders Do More to Combat Climate Change

Hundreds of Kenyans joined international protests Friday to demand political leaders do more to combat climate change

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Kenyan protesters, predominantly young people, march demanding their government take immediate action against climate change, in Nairobi, Kenya, Sept. 20, 2019. (M. Yusuf/VOA) VOA

Hundreds of Kenyans joined international protests Friday to demand political leaders do more to combat climate change.

Dressed in red, black and white T-shirts bearing messages about global warming, protesters marched in the streets of Nairobi to express their fears and call for government actions they think are needed.

Twenty-two-year-old Benson Gitutu, one of the protesters, said the government and citizens must be reminded of what they are doing to the environment.

“Our climate is deteriorating day by day just because of the actions of our government and the actions of the people. And that’s why we are trying to make people aware of what they do is not good,” he said.

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Kenyan protesters display trash to demonstrate how Kenyans pollute the environment, during a protest against climate change, in Nairobi, Kenya, Sept. 20, 2019. (M. Yusuf/VOA) VOA

Gitutu said he is concerned about a proposed coal plant in Lamu County.

“We [are] hoping to see a positive change, like the government itself will stop the coal plant that is being set in Lamu, of which we know, all of us, it is not good,” Gitutu said.

Kenyan officials insist the proposed $2 billion plant will help meet the country’s growing demand for electric power.

But in June a Kenyan court halted the construction of the plant, saying the bidding process, won by a Chinese company, was irregular and lacked public participation.

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Another protester, 20-year-old Mary Mukuhe, hopes her presence in the street will compel the government work to improve the environment.

“We will help the government know that, as youth, we are seeing changes in the environment and we want them to know that we want them to be part of the changes we want,” Mukuhe said.

In recent years, African countries have witnessed unsteady weather patterns that have harmed farm output.  Kenya in particular has grappled with repeated droughts.

Amnesty International was one of the organizers of the protest.  The director of Amnesty’s Kenya branch, Irungu Houghton, said the Kenyan government has to do more to protect the environment and its population.

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Kenyan protesters join activists around the world calling on their political leaders to take action against climate change, in Nairobi, Kenya, Sept. 20, 2019. (M. Yusuf/VOA) VOA

“I think there are three things that we must do.  We have to conserve our water sources, we need to make sure we don’t waste public financing, and corruption around the two dams that had now to be stopped.  These are all consequences of bad governance. We also need to ensure that we conserve our forest. Water towers of this country about five or six water towers they are critical to the lives of 50 million people. We have to protect them.”

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Protesters believe they conveyed the message, and hope government institutions will come up with ways to protect the environment and keep Kenya a habitable place for everyone. (VOA)

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JNU – A Hotbed of Evil Agendas And Propaganda

The series of disgusting incidents at JNU and other educational institutions in the past have “clearly revealed” that educated people can act like unscrupulous rascals

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Deepika Padukone rushed to JNU. What is shocking is without an iota of guilt, such public figures shared the stage with such a group of people who has earned notoriety for sympathizing with bloodthirsty terrorists and inciting the violence.

BY SALIL GEWALI

Blatant duplicity, partisanship, arrogance, and terrors are what all have been desecrating the very sacred seat of academia.
Does anyone have the courage to unmask this open depravity in academic institutions like JNU?

The first week of this New Year has brought before us a devious drama enacted by a group of students at JNU. The news spread like wildfire in no time. Now, after a few days of deep investigation, the Delhi police have come up with evidence which is just the opposite of what was vehemently set forth by certain media people and columnists at the beginning. Without a very serious thought and possible contrary outcome one journalist ranted — “who killed Gandhi can also kill students”. He was spitting venom against all those who believe in patriotic values. No denying, the father of the nation was killed by Nathuram Godse and he was hanged on 15 Nov. 1949 for his unpardonable sin. Is it not total “stupidity” to blame the entire associations/families with which Godse was associated? A son is a drug addict, can we blame the parents or entire family, and also his ancestors and clans? Prince Andrew of England is allegedly found to be involved in a series of sexual misconduct. Can we now mindlessly blame and malign the image of the whole Buckingham Palace and Duke of Edinburgh..? But in India so-called journalists “reserve their right” to criticize, ridicule those all who show concerns for the Nation and work for its integrity.

 Incidentally, while the grievous injuries of the JNUSU president Aishe Ghosh switched from right hand to the left hand, albeit mirror image.., it was not the “comedy of errors” of JNU. But, as the administrative machinery of the entire University has continuously been trampled upon and disrupted, I daresay, it is a “tragedy of the academy” now. Here the academy not for the excellence but for the free-thinking for the “worse”! And, what do you call it when all such outrageous vandalism and brutalities by the students with particular leanings are “defended”? Is it not a very dangerous trend and unbecoming of any dignified institutions of higher studies? Mere a few screams of “false victimhood”, vis-à-vis vandalism, have drawn the attention of the celebrities directly from Bollywood. Deepika Padukone rushed to JNU. What is shocking is without an iota of guilt, such public figures shared the stage with such a group of people who has earned notoriety for sympathizing with bloodthirsty terrorists and inciting the violence.

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The first week of this New Year has brought before us a devious drama enacted by a group of students at JNU.

Needless to say, over the years we have noticed that the “support” comes with a vengeance if the outcry of protests has the overtone of hostility and “treason”. Another actress Swara Bhaskar thanked Pakistani people for support for the JNU cause. What does it mean when the responsible citizens make the mockery of the country’s sovereignty? Yes, these all unpatriotically vicious actors, actresses and intellectual elites are the role models for our youths these days. Just be serious and think about what kind of thoughts our children will develop on their minds and what we can expect from them for the nation.

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Another actress Swara Bhaskar thanked Pakistani people for support for the JNU cause.

The series of disgusting incidents at JNU and other educational institutions in the past have “clearly revealed” that educated people can act like unscrupulous rascals, senselessly inciting the violence and terrors. For some of the political leaders, JNU crises have come as opportunities to destabilize the country or cause misunderstanding and division among various communities. If we believe some of the articles by certain senior journalists, it can be well concluded that “education” does not always make one sane and civilized. Blatant duplicity, partisanship, arrogance, and terrors are what all have been desecrating the very sacred seat of academia. Who all are responsible for this depraved mess? Does anyone have the courage to unmask this open depravity in academia and society? Is it not time to say enough is enough?

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Salil Gewali is a well-known writer and author of ‘Great minds on India’. Twitter: @SGewali