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Challenges of emerging economies

Sustainable Science

livable-city

One month ago we concluded the global challenges achieving sustainability congress it gave us opportunities to master besides taking a second look at challenges in North and emerging economies. Not to forget low development countries. Each planetary boundary is faced with grim issues. Surplus energy supply, making cities livable, population explosion and food insecurity.

Business cluster in advanced economies are scared for a dive downwards as result of flying passengers unpronounced competition rising from carbon emissions offsets propelled by efficient virtual village. The numbers on up take of technology information is on upward trend in emerging economies. The M-pesa success in Kenya has proved how technology can empower masses into economic emancipation. On other hand these nations have a population facing starvation and undecreasing figures of stunted children. The little food harvested is secretly lost term it post-harvest loss due to lack of proactive systems. While somewhere on this planet food is wasted, an estimated of 30% of produce, contributing to 11% carbon emissions.

We cannot ignore the role of science in providing significant data for approaches of a circular economy or how to useful balance social, natural, spiritual capitals among others. South nations have faced scientists who are locked in their planetary boundary, politicians who are slow to support any new idea and if they do you are lucky if it becomes world’s best practice. The civil societies have stressed same new wine in old wine-skins. We need current data that will guide practical action and awaken our politician. For this reason I will not point fingers at the capitalists’ business society. No one has held them accountable on their processes of Africa consumes or challenged them to improve production for sustainable societies.

Have we not witnessed Africa democracy change spring through urban centres spiral into the bundus. Name anything, mobile users, internet fashion etc. This vantage centres continued to attract more humans with over seven billion on this planet half of it dwells in cities. Africa’s outlook we are still rural, however, in next sixteen years it will be fastest growing populous continent besides China and India countries. The sixty per cent of its population will be in cities. This will put strain on rural fields that will be under adverse climate change impacts.

As central governments devolve or some argue for managed retreat to rural areas this will cut & paste current cities problems into incapacitated rural township centres. If you do not service your car engine it will cost your hard earned dime. Cities are engines of emerging economies. For instance Nairobi claims directly and indirectly 50% of Kenya’s GDP. Let us not re-invent the wheel of how ideas flow into the veins of Africa. Join with us to inject into these veins message of sustainable cities. Green economy; renewable energy adoption, integrated waste management, efficient buildings, cleaner technologies and social inclusion or justice.

On second thought what if we all owned electric cars with efficient power supply, will we drive unending? Now we head to COP20 in Lima, Peru.

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Green Bus for nairobi city

Matatu New Era

Exactly a month ago and we woke up to new matatu rules that will revolutionise this private held sector. Kenya similar to any african government we struggle with lasting implementation. Kudos to new regime with new rules but how far will we burn our oil. Forget the new matatu rules, the smart bus idea is brilliant of all!

Maybe we should call them green buses. We all know about smart bus but nothing about its retirement. Our guess o its missing on our roads would lean towards unsuccessful execution. old_smartbusWith Nairobi county government showing political divide into this noble idea. A bus that will see most commuters pay only Kshs 35 to and fro their estates. It will bring dream reality sanity in this man-eat-man society. It is not only affordable bus that we campaign for. The use of paperless travel idea; the smart cards and swipe on the go. Its sustainability will not be doomed so long as the management sets a is proper operations framework at an early stage.

An in depth study on similar ideas in developing cities such as Curitiba in Brazil, Delhi in India, Manila in Philippines and not to mention Lagos in Nigeria, reveals how these cities have robust infrastructure to fully sustain this idea. Commonly known as Bus Rapid  Transit is what is missing here in Nairobi as illustrated below.

BRT

Courtesy of BRT- Report. Source: ITDP & GIZ, 2012

You may argue of Thika Super highway but do we have bus right-of-way roads to reduce delays. This is a key factor to encourage most middle income earners onto the bus and leave their cars at home. Imagine, if 200 buses of sixty-seater capacity that could be nearly 4,000 private cars off Nairobi’s congested roads. Transport related pollution is concern too as heads of state deliberated on Climate Action in Abu Dhabi.

New Thika Superhighway

This will contribute to a green city under the sun. Our carbon emissions from transport sector will be capped at 2.8tons or below by 2025. Congestion, traffic delays that cost our economy and reduce human capital productivity hours at work will be history. We need to board the green bus and enjoy green economy of East Africa’s largest city.

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