What Kenya might look like in the 2050-Futures We Want project
After four months of international collaboration between academics, business, civil society and citizens around the world, the COP26 Futures We Want project, unveiled on Tuesday, raises hope for an achievable, beneficial, resilient global net zero future. and desirable for nations around the world.
Bridging the gap between scientific evidence and citizen knowledge through a series of virtual workshops, this global project commissioned before the UK COP Presidency, brought together young people, indigenous and rural communities, civil society, businesses and industries from six regions of the world. , using world-class research and evidence to envision their priorities, hopes and desires for their future.
The project included communities from the UK, Kenya, Jamaica, Brazil, UAE, Saudi Arabia and India, to explore various perspectives and solutions to the daily impacts of climate change such as power generation, agriculture, waste and water management, building design, reforestation and ocean conservation.
Dr Linda Nkatha, Senior Lecturer, Department of Architecture and Building Sciences, University of Nairobi and Prof. John Wesonga, Associate Professor, Department of Horticulture, Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology chaired collecting evidence on solutions that could support a resilient, net zero future for Kenya.
Kenya’s vision calls for solar-powered drip irrigation systems, greater use of indigenous crops, and health systems that can withstand climate change and remain accessible to all.
Read Kenya’s full profile here https://www.futureswewant.world/kenya
Dr Linda Nkatha Gichuyia, lecturer at the University of Nairobi and member of the Kenyan expert committee, said the project provides an updated inventory of the latest scientific evidence and a compendium of actions of state and non-state actors around the climate action.
“The way he blended the distinct cultures of science, policy and human services illustrates how achieving net zero and climate resilience is achievable around the world. These visions co-created ahead of the COP26 conference in November provide valuable and decision-relevant information and actionable approaches to deliver ambitious, far-sighted and inclusive commitments for a net-zero and climate-resilient just future. “
UK High Commissioner to Kenya Jane Marriott said: “As we prepare for COP26, the UK is supporting climate change research and Kenya is one of our main partners – with 69 projects. supported over the past five years. The Futures we Want project saw Kenyan scientists explore solutions to help Kenya achieve a cleaner, greener future with jobs for all, through a sustainable supply of food and water, as well as health care. improved health.
COP 26 President-designate Alok Sharma said: “The science is clear, we must act now to put the world on the path to net zero emissions if we are to limit global warming and keep 1.5 ° C at at hand. This means that all countries, businesses and individuals have an important role to play.
“These visions of a Net Zero world, released today ahead of COP26, describe how a transition to a climate resilient future can be a real opportunity to create new green jobs, build sustainable economies, and improve health and safety. quality of life for millions of people. . “
These visions, which will be presented at COP26, highlight feasible and desirable solutions to climate change and celebrate international collaboration as well as science and innovation, ensuring they are at the heart of the COP26 negotiations. November.
Paul Monks, chief scientific adviser at the Ministry of Commerce, Energy and Industrial Strategy and champion of the Futures We Want project, said: “Science and innovation are powerful tools that we must use to inform ambitious climate action then. that we are working towards a net zero future world. International collaboration of academics and governments is essential to achieve a just transition to a climate resilient future and understanding the perspectives of citizens, including indigenous communities and youth, will guide us on a realistic and deliverable path to a future. with many opportunities and co-benefits. “
As holders of this year’s G7 and COP26 presidency, Tuesday’s launch builds on the government’s pledge to lead both the UK and the nations of the world in supporting a just and global transition towards a climate resilient, net zero future – a green future of jobs, cleaner air and growing prosperity, without harming the planet and without worsening the impacts of climate change.
Just two months away from the COP26 conference in Glasgow, the COP Presidency is committed to working with the nations of the world to rebuild greener, ensure global net zero and keep 1.5 degrees within reach.