On 5th June 2018, staff of the Environmental Compliance Institute (ECI) joined hands with pupils and staff of Carmelvale Catholic Primary School located at Jacaranda Estate in Donholm, Nairobi, and the Nairobi City County Government (Environment Department, Embakasi) to mark this year’s World Environment Day (WED). World Environment Day is the UN’s most important day for encouraging worldwide awareness and action for the protection of our environment. Since it began in 1974, it has grown to become a global platform for public outreach that is widely celebrated in over 100 countries.
The day began with a talk at the school assembly where ECI’s Executive Director Gerphas Opondo delivered the key note speech that focused on the need to embrace the culture of environmental protection and conservation from a young age. Focusing on this year’s theme “Beat Plastic Pollution”, Mr. Opondo sensitized the pupils, teachers and support staff present on the perils of plastic pollution and the need to eliminate plastics from our daily lives. He also urged everyone to take responsibility for the waste that we generate in order to avoid polluting the environment through improper disposal.
The talk was followed by an awareness procession within jacaranda Estate, followed by a clean-up exercise in the school’s neighbourhood and a tree planting session within the school compound.
ECI has entered into a partnership with the school’s Environment & Wildlife Club and hopes to make the joint WED celebrations an annual event. In addition, ECI will be supporting the Club in other related environmental protection and conservation activities. ECI also looks forward to rolling this program to other schools in Kenya the near future.