JKUAT Student’s Climate Action Pitch at Summit

Ambrose explains a point during the climate meeting in Mt. Kenya region

Ambrose Michura Albert, a JKUAT student studying Renewable Energy and Environmental Physics, had an opportunity to participate at the inaugural Africa Climate Summit.

The event, which took place from September 4-6, 2023 at the Kenyatta International Convention Centre (KICC), brought together African and world leaders to address serious climate concerns in Africa and devise sustainable solutions. The theme of the event was ‘Driving Green Growth and Climate Finance Solutions for Africa and the World’.

Michura also participated in the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change’s National Climate Change Action Plan 3 consultation consortium earlier this year in the Mt. Kenya region. As a result, he was nominated to attend the Africa Climate Summit through the Ministry.

His main contribution at the summit was the pitch on energy mobility. He believes that young people can engage in a number of activities as part of climate action. Key among them being driving innovations around mobility, and production of biofuels. Given that young people form the majority of the population, fostering behaviour change can significantly anchor Kenya’s success in stemming climate crisis.

Muchira at the African Cimate Summit 2023

He was also interested in seeing other presentations and foreign inventions, one of which being clean cooking technology. Cooking with steam and trash recycling systems are two inventions that have already made an impact in Kenyan schools.

The event provided a good opportunity for Michura to network and meet with people at the conference. He had the opportunity to meet with Kenya’s Ministry of Energy, and they discussed on a how students can play a critical role in championing for renewable energy and green energy transition issues.

As a dedicated environmentalist and climate crusader, he said he was impressed by the event adding that it helped him learn more, and communicate what he had learned about climate change.

“Being in my final year and participating in my project at the same time, the summit assisted me in expanding my knowledge, honing my comprehension, and developing a practical strategy,” he explained.

The student expects that Africa would rediscover its vision and become more assertive in pursuing the development agenda through a cohesive strategy as a result of the summit.

During the event, African leaders agreed to push for climate adaptation and resilience measures, as well as to try to limit future carbon emissions into the environment. They also stressed the importance of using renewable energy as a continent. The Nairobi Declaration, which focuses on green growth and climate financing solutions, was also discussed. The delegates hoped that as a continent, they would receive more funds to fulfill their aim.

Notable speakers who graced the event were President William Samoei Ruto; UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres; African Development Bank President Akinwumi A. Adesina; African Union Commission Chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat and President of European Commission Ursula Von Der Leyen.

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