Kenya, located in East Africa, lies on the Equator and is known to be one of the driest countries in existence. With many droughts hitting the country, the lack of water is constantly becoming more of a battle. Reductions in water are constantly occurring, and weather patterns fluctuate, leaving it hard for Kenya to plan for the future.
Lake Naivasha might be familiar to some people because it was where the movie “Out of Africa”, directed and produced by Sydney Pollack was filmed. Although the 1985 romantic movie includes some beautiful scenes, the effect of climate change is now hard to ignore. The beautiful Acacia trees have slowly been diminishing for the past few years. The intense reduction in water has caused the coastline to shift.
The Seed of Hope
Kenya has started to look for solutions elsewhere. Their main source of ideas comes from the students and faculty of Keyatta University, just northeast of Nairobi. The university provides programs “training tomorrow’s technology leaders to make an impact solving today’s problems.” (The Guardian) Their driven dedication to achieving their goals has led to several specific plans to follow through. “Some applications they are focusing on are wind-powered water-pumping systems. The plan is to design, manufacture, install, and service small-scale wind power systems that slowly pump water into elevated storage tanks throughout the day and night.” (The Guardian) Research is a large part of the programs offered at Kenyatta University. “An example is the research being carried out by Dr. Luke Olang in collaboration with IGAD climate center on developing a drought-monitoring tool for the greater horn of Africa in general.” (The Guardian.)
“What Kenyatta University is showing the world is that it is possible to solve both the energy and the climate problems together.” (TheGuardian)
What are your thoughts on Kenya’s first steps towards conquering their obstacles? Should the government be more involved? or is educating tomorrows leaders the most beneficial solution?
By: Heba El Zoheery