— ERAMATATA OLMANYARA™ (‘ENVIRONMENT MANAGEMENT’)
APOCALYPTIC THREAT OF CLIMATE CHANGE
Persistent droughts have forced the Maasai and their livestock herds to the brink of starvation. Climate change increases the already unbearable workload of Maasai women. On top of their daily work, they have to look after livestock weakened by drought. The loss of livestock and this leads to loss of income, this also means they are not certain of having food for their families.
But even in the face of these difficulties, Maasai women are taking an important step to save trees, and this helps reduce greenhouse emissions. They are starting to build and use stoves that require less fuelwood.
Patinaai Osim together with the community will explore traditional and modern knowledge and its contribution to biodiversity conservation to roll out mitigation/adaptation measures that can reverse environmental degradation.
Climate change is rapidly becoming a reality as depicted by the delayed and then the eventual sporadic rainfall resulting in unpredictable pasture availability patterns as well as heightened erosion due to reduced ground cover and the torrential rains. The increase in temperatures is making it unbearable/unconducive to the residents of Kajiado County.
The resulting consequence is the loss of human lives and livestock which forms the main economic activity for the nomadic Maasai community due to reduced food/pasture and water availability. This has resulted in the community exploring other economic alternatives; mainly sand harvesting and charcoal burning. This has further depleted the already constrained ground cover leaving the ground bare hence devastating erosion events. Further, this has resulted in reduced carbon dioxide sequestration resulting in global warming and air pollution.
The concerned populace has no inkling on climate change and the ones with an understanding continue to flout the raised alarms.
Maasai Women have so much knowledge that it is only natural and fair to appreciate it and integrate it into policies and decision-making. Traditional knowledge incorporated with modern design will help combat the adversity of climate change in Kajiado County.
This, therefore, calls for sufficient capacity building amongst the communities on the particular effects and the direct contribution of their activities on the challenges they are currently facing. There is also an urgent call to develop operative ways to effectively combat the challenges they are already experiencing.
Patinaai Osim also seeks to take respective actions to restore the environment to its original state and target the conservation of the undisturbed habitat. This will be achieved through afforestation, reforestation, discouraging charcoal burning as well as advocating for alternative and sustainable farming and livestock husbandry methods. The community will be sensitized to the need to develop and adapt to environmentally conscious activities.