Kenya

kenyaThe Green Belt Movement (GBM) and late Nobel Peace Laureate Prof. Wangari Maathai, have supported the Earth Charter since its drafting process. Mrs. Maathai was a Member of the Earth Charter Commission since 1996. The GBM translated the Earth Charter not only into local languages (e.g. Kiswahili), but also into practice. Their reforestation and education processes in Kenya are a vivid example of putting Earth Charter principles into action.

The GBM has disseminated Earth Charter brochures to more than a thousand organizations in Kenya. In early 2007, Prof. Maathai supported the Billion Tree Planting Campaign initiated by Earth Charter UK, in Oxford. She planted the first tree for this campaign.

Many youth groups have been actively involved in the Earth Charter Initiative. In 2002, the UNEP Youth Advisory Council for Kenya disseminated the Earth Charter in all the workshops and conferences that were organized by the Kenya National Youth Committee for the Earth Summit. More recently, Kibera Community Youth Programme (KCYP), a community based organization (CBO) formed and run by young people of Kibera slum, Nairobi, have been using the Earth Charter in their programs.

The GBM has been collaborating with Green Cross Sweden promote peace, security, and sustainability in Kenya for many years. This cooperation began in 2005 under the direction of the late Professor Maathai. The Earth Charter has been incorporated in two specific projects that these organizations are implementing in the Rift Valley region: Sustainable Communities Peace and Reconciliation Project (which started in 2013), and the Smart Water for Green Schools Projects (started in 2012 and still active in two schools: Kamara and Mau Summit).

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