UK Doubles Up Efforts to Tackle Climate Change in Kenya
The UK is stepping up to drive climate action in Kenya, British High Commissioner Jane Marriott has announced. During a visit to Lake Baringo, she reaffirmed that the UK is doubling its commitment to providing international climate finance by KES 1.7 trillion over the next 5 years.
During the visit, High Commissioner Jane Marriott met with businesses, schools and community leaders affected by the rise of Lake Baringo. The lake has risen by over 42 inches since May, impacting jobs, education and health services. The UK is committed to tackling climate change in Kenya, and the related issues that have driven the flooding.
As shown by Lake Baringo, the impacts of climate change are being felt all over Kenya, but these effects are felt the most by the communities directly impacted. Next year the UK will host the global climate change talks, and today Ms Marriott launched a new initiative inviting Kenyans to submit their photographs depicting how climate change is affecting the country.
Photographs can portray the very real challenges people face in Kenya. Winning photographs will cover the following categories: nature-based solutions to climate change, climate technology and innovation, and adapting to climate change in the community.
Speaking on the shores of Lake Baringo, British High Commissioner to Kenya Jane Marriott said:
“Climate change is already a daily reality for people across Kenya. Vulnerable communities that rely on their natural environment for survival are most at risk, least able to prepare and hardest hit. The UK will provide a platform for Kenyan voices and experiences in the run-up to the climate change conference next year in the UK, to build a brighter, greener, future.” Read more…