With so much pollution around, we need more chemical engineers

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What you need to know:

  • "There is a lot of pollution going on, and it is contributing significantly to environmental degradation and also affecting the health and wellbeing of the public.


  • Professionals should jointly enforce the existing laws and guidelines to deter and control polluters. Waste recycling should be emphasised at all levels and companies should follow rigorous waste disposal process to get rid of toxic materials.


  • Heavy fines and penalties should be imposed on those circumventing the laws. The government should introduce tax incentives and subsidies to industries to ensure they don’t continue polluting the environment," Javan Odenyo. 

Javan Odenyo, 28, is a chemical and process engineer. He plans to invent clean technologies to solve Kenya’s pollution problems. During his undergraduate studies he participated in a project that involved removing residual oils from wastewater using natural absorbents as a means of purifying water. After that, he enrolled as a mentorship coach in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) for children aged between six and 13 years, before starting an online sales job. 

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