JEMA Feted For their Role in Environmental Conservation

Prof. Joseph Kamau (left) receiving the Best Club of the Year trophy from JEMA chairman Jack Ryan.

Jomo Kenyatta Environmental Management Association (JEMA) bagged the top award during the recently concluded Mazingira Challenge organized by the Kenya Inter-University Environmental Students Association (KIUESA).

The award presented during the Nairobi National Park’s Climate Awareness Summit held in Nairobi County was closely followed by JEMA taking home the Best Club of the Year Award during the Jomo Kenyatta University Student Association Annual Award Ceremony.

While presenting the awards to the Club Patron, Prof. Joseph Kamau, JEMA’s Secretary General, Oscar Odeny said the club wants to build on their accolades, grow the membership of the club and run projects geared towards environmental conservation.

“So far, the club which has 70 registered members and as a club we have ambitious plans for the future among them, building an arboretum on the school grounds and an agricultural farm that will act as a demonstration space for students interested in environmental sciences,” said Oscar, a fourth-year student pursuing BSc in Business and Entrepreneurship.

While congratulating the club for their efforts, Club Patron, Prof. Kamau, said the university environmental club does not only give students the platform they need to take action on the environmental issues they feel passionate about but it also channels students’ energy and enthusiasm to take leadership roles in identifying and achieving their school’s environmental goals.

“This Environmental club is important to the students in that it inculcates positive feelings about the environment and their place in it. Compounded with the knowledge and skills they acquire from the club, such activities give them a tremendous sense of fulfillment as well as foster personal qualities that will stay with them all of their lives,” said Prof. Kamau who is also the Director, Institute of Energy and Environmental Technology (IEET).

JEMA strives to align her activities with the Sustainable Development Goals, especially those geared towards ending world hunger, climate action and providing affordable and clean energy to all.

So far the Club has partnerships with a number of organizations including the National Environment Management Authority (NEMA), Young Beacons Association and Kenya Inter-University Environmental Students Association (KIUESA). It has also liaised with other universities and held symposiums, webinars and workshops as they carry out activities related to the environment, climate, energy and empowerment.

The club also plans to have regular internal cleanup of the university, a street program to help feed and clothe street families in Kiambu County, a tree planting drive in JKUAT and a platform to raise awareness on renewable energy.

JEMA official pose for a commemorative photo with the Club Patron and IEET staff after presenting the trophies

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