Project Officer, WINAM GRASSROOTS
“We’re experiencing a phenomenon known as the urban island heat effect but by going green we can beat the heat.” N.W
- In line with the New paradigm and SDG 13: Climate action we initiated the Winam green campus an exchange platform for young climate ambassadors who wish to make a meaningful impact in Kisumu city and its environs.
The young people go through a 3 month informative training, an innovative peer learning session with experts in a bid to localise and act on climate action by leading, taking action and implementing the green spaces idea, knowledge sharing and ecological security. Through this we have reached out to a wide range of people in the city and the communities around us through involvement of members from different parts of the city in tree planting exercises and cleanup activities to strengthen adaptive capacity to climate induced impacts such as increased heat and drought, improve environmental conditions , protect and improve biodiversity, promote outdoor activities and active lifestyles, increase social interaction and exchange and provide healthy urban conditions for physical and mental well being.
Taking action by green campus ambasadors from different parts of kisumu city involves unique approaches to enable them plan and have project designs based on their needs and communty structure. One of the approaches we use is behaviour change communication which is an interactive process with persons from all parts of the city and communities to adopt and create positive practises and keep up with suitable practices. By working with members from different parts of kisumu city we are able to understand what ails their respective areas, what lifestyle choice causes those prblems and device suitable behaviour change strategies that will help them cope. This will help us not only to encourage community ownership of projects but also curb climate change and enable us attain sustainable cities not just in kisumu but later on in the world.
The Green spaces initiative aims at creating a means to an end, the end being creation of more green spaces within Kisumu city and later on in Kenya. We aim at attaining competent climate ambassadors equipped with necessary knowledge who can effect change through deliberate actions such advocacy or through mobilization. This will initiate behaviour change in city dwellers and enable them embrace the new urban agenda with deliberate bias towards greening of spaces that will boost mental and physical health as well as improve cooler temperatures and better quality air.