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Be part of the anti-litter movement

As an anti-litter activist in Kenya, every time I see somebody litter, I have to talk to them about it. The conversation usually starts like this: “Habari yako? Nimeona umetupa peel yako ya ndizi (ama chupa ama yoghurt) after umemalizia.…

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Be part of the anti-litter movement
Lesson from Rwanda: Should poverty be an excuse to be dirty?

Lesson from Rwanda: Should poverty be an excuse to be dirty?

Two weeks ago, I saw a doormat written, “Did you call first?” I found it to be very funny because it reminded me of a behaviour that human beings have pertaining to house visits. There are many reasons why people…

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Three reasons why plastic recycling doesn’t work in Kenya.

Recycling is seen as an easy and fairly popular way of mitigating climate change in the world. And Kenya has not been left behind since we use a lot of plastic in our daily lives. Each year, Nairobi generates over half…

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Three reasons why plastic recycling doesn’t work in Kenya.
Three insights from our July 2019 cleanups

Three insights from our July 2019 cleanups

On Saturday 27th July 2019, we, Mazingira Safi Initiative (MSI) held our first cleanup of 2019. This was done in partnership with the Nairobi County Council Environmental Department of the Kilimani Ward. It was an exciting venture not only for…

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How to talk with children about climate change.

Recently, I asked myself what I was doing when I was sixteen years old. The trigger for this question was the realization that teens of today, like Greta Thunberg and other young people, are fighting battles I never had to…

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How to talk with children about climate change.
The Role of the Internet in Environmental Conservation

The Role of the Internet in Environmental Conservation

Mobile phone penetration in Kenya has crossed the 100% mark. This is according to the Communications Authority of Kenya, which also stated that customer subscription has hit 46.6 million. Yes, you read that right. 46.6 million Kenyans have a mobile…

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How to Conduct a Successful Cleanup with the NCC

On the 27th of July 2019, MSI will be having its first cleanup of 2019; 28th cleanup as a movement. Using our experience, we share how you can organize one with your team. GUIDING FACTS Safety and credibility are the…

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How to Conduct a Successful Cleanup with the NCC
Where is God in this era of climate change?

Where is God in this era of climate change?

“Where is God in this era of climate change?” That’s the question I found myself asking last week after reading yet another sad report on the state of the earth, and how we’re doomed if we do nothing. Environmental news…

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Let’s be serious about recycling or forget about it

In the 1990s, as China grew to be one of the biggest manufacturers globally, it began importing plastic waste from countries with the aim of recycling it. With 45 per cent of the plastic waste landing within its borders, it…

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Let’s be serious about recycling or forget about it
Educating for Sustainable Development

Educating for Sustainable Development

Greta Thunberg. You’ve hopefully heard of Greta Thunberg. A 16-year old school girl who’s sending chills down Sweden’s and the EU’s spines with her calls for immediate action regarding climate change. What started out as a lone decision to strike…

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What’s your Littering Behaviour?

Did you know that there’s a difference between litter and waste? If you didn’t, let me enlighten you. Waste is anything you don’t need anymore. The empty plastic bottle that contained the water you just drank, the wrapper that neatly…

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What’s your Littering Behaviour?
Wanted: Less Cleanup Events.

Wanted: Less Cleanup Events.

When MSI in held its first environmental cleanup in August 2013, it had a grand mission: to inspire people to take an active role in ensuring a clean, green and beautiful environment. Monthly cleanups were seen to be the best…

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You, your money and the environment

When I visited France last year, I opted to go to Lyon instead of Paris for two reasons: one, to see my friend, Joy and two to see another part of France that isn’t Paris. This article made the decision…

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You, your money and the environment
Urban Agriculture and its valuable non-food products.

Urban Agriculture and its valuable non-food products.

When my father started growing vegetables outside our house in Nairobi, it was out of sheer love of farming. At the time, I didn’t know that what my Dad was doing was ‘Urban Agriculture’ since I hadn’t heard of the…

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Food waste: A moral issue.

I remember when I was growing up, wasting food was unacceptable. One of the table manners I religiously upheld was serving food that I knew I would finish. My siblings and I had to spend a few minutes thinking about…

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Food waste: A moral issue.
Lest we Forget…

Lest we Forget…

Dear Earthlings, Greetings! Recently, after having an argument with my mom I mentioned "staki stress" and she laughed and said despite what I may or may not want to hear “it is what it is” and boy was she right!…

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WHAT KIND OF YOUTH ARE WE, ARE YOU?

There’s a time my next door neighbor told me that his only wish was to grow up quickly and get to be 21 years old. At the time, he was 11 years old. I got curious and asked him why……

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WHAT KIND OF YOUTH ARE WE, ARE YOU?
TAKEOUTS FROM THE NAIROBI GARBAGE DEBATE

TAKEOUTS FROM THE NAIROBI GARBAGE DEBATE

The debate over the garbage menace in Nairobi made news this week thanks to an interesting piece on KTN by Alex Chamwada. #NrbGarbageDebate was the top trending topic on twitter for the better part of Sunday evening till Monday night.…

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From The Environment To You

The Environmental Kingdom Associates Committee, P.O Box All Around the World, Worldwide. 24th December, 2015 To Peoples of the Earth, All Around the World, Dear World Inhabitants, RE: CHRISTMAS AND ENVIRONMENTAL DEGRADATION It is the merry making season again. I…

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From The Environment To You
WE NEED INDEPENDENCE FROM LITTERING TOO

WE NEED INDEPENDENCE FROM LITTERING TOO

Our beloved country will be celebrating 52 years of independence from British Colonialism on Saturday. I would never have known what the Mau Mau, and the other fighters went through had it not be for the history lessons and the…

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Climate Change: 3 Reasons You Should Care

World leaders are meeting in Paris this week for the COP 21 meeting. There is a lot of optimism in the air for action. I think for a long time, there’s been more talk than action and it is quite…

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Climate Change: 3 Reasons You Should Care
WHY THE CURRENT STATE OF THE ENVIRONMENT?

WHY THE CURRENT STATE OF THE ENVIRONMENT?

Did you know that our economies exist because of the environment? Every resource we trade or even use traces its roots to the environment. However, even with all these facts and many more, why don’t human beings appreciate the environment…

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LITTLE THINGS THAT MATTER

Nairobi may be clean in the CBD and in a few porsche estates but generally it is not anywhere close to being a sustainable city. Litter and waste materials are thrown almost everywhere in public spaces and streets. Efforts are…

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LITTLE THINGS THAT MATTER
Our Women History Month Feature on the YALI Times

Our Women History Month Feature on the YALI Times

Purity Wanjohi and Kevin Okech are the two faces behind Mazingira Safi Initiative (MSI), a community-based organization in Nairobi, Kenya, with a mission to inspire change in how Nairobi residents treat the environment. The two have run the initiative alongside…

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