Lobbyists should take Lamu coal wars to foreign firms

Lamu residents demonstrate in Lamu town centre against the coal plant project in December 2016. Their best bet seems to lie in putting pressure on the foreign firms who have invested or are planning to invest in the coal plant in future to pull out or keep off. PHOTO | FILE | NATION MEDIA GROUP

What you need to know:

  • The government’s tendency to speak from both sides of the mouth on environmental issues raises questions about its commitment to its own climate change agenda.
  • Take its approval of the controversial plan to construct a coal-powered plant in Lamu, for example.

  • The idea of a dirty energy project this century contradicts the government’s stated aims in its original Green Economy Strategy and Implementation Plan.

Kenyan officials took advantage of this year’s World Environment Day last week to try to rally the public around a tree planting campaign meant to boost the country’s forest cover and tame the destructive effects of climate change.

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