African farmers come together to rally against climate change
Press release, 8 November 2006
African pastoralists, farmers, children and concerned members of the public will take to the streets of Nairobi this weekend (Saturday November 11) to rally against climate change for the first ever rally of its kind in Africa.
More than 5,000 people are gearing up to take part in the march to make their voices heard about climate change and how it is already affecting their lives through increased drought.
The march has been organised by international development charity Practical Action and is the first event of its kind to take place in Africa.
The rally will go through the streets of Nairobi from 9.15am and people will then meet in Uhuru Park for speeches at 10am.
Many of those taking part in the march include Maasai pastoralists who are already suffering the effects of climate change and increased drought has already led to the loss of animals, lack of water and health problems.
This event coincides with the†United Nations Framework Climate Change Convention, taking place in Nairobi until November 17. Delegates from around the world are attending this event to discuss climate change and what measures need to be put in place for the future.
Sharon Looremeta, Practical Action Project Officer, said: "While this meeting is taking place, only two hours away by car people are already suffering first and foremost. Governments across the world must hear their voices and take urgent and ambitious action to stop climate injustice. We need a firm commitment from rich countries that they will invest in adaptation schemes to stop my people suffering first and foremost."
Practical Action is working with pastoralists and other communities across the world to combat climate change by helping them recognise the problems and adapt through simple measures such as preparing for drought, renewable energy schemes and animal care schemes.
- The march will take the following route: March route: Nairobi:† Nyerere Road; University Road; Moi Avenue; Kenyatta Avenue; Uhuru Highway.