My desire to ensure environmental sustainability.

Point blank on environmental issues.

Wednesday, 15 June 2016

Omomura Egesora

NOTE: This poem is written in my native language (Kisii). The Kisii people live in Western Parts of Kenya (former Nyanza Province).

Kae omwana ekebago,
Tacha koba ekeb’ago,
Maambia aimokie obokombe,
Aburugere chinsiaga.

Erio mambia ae chiombe,
Na mogoroba aimokie egekombe,
Kogenda konywa amabere,
Na gokombi amakombi.

Ase engencho ne’yaye,
Igo akonywa atari gosoka,
Erio mambia kagosoka,
Igo akororekana egesora!

Akoiyeria emete,
Obutora boronge,
Orangeria Barongo,
Banyebeka irongo,
Eyende baira Birongo.

Moisonde naira chibao Nyabara Ibere,
Bakamoa emerongo ebere,
Korende tagogetigwe nonya,
Aya onsi nase’enengecho atamaeti amariko!

Ma’iga bono oiranire esukuru,
Nario mambia atanga’ainwe naende,
Na mambia ende agende mache ng’umbu,
Gakoirana abe omorai,
Gose omoraria,
Arete oborabu sobo,
Na gotoa ogosemeria,
Oywo nere omomura egesora!







Sunday, 29 May 2016

My Japanese Girlfriend

I am sitting here,
Everything seems to be right here,
But that is not the case,
For something is amiss,
What could be the mess?

My heart beats faster,
My mind so restless,
I am dumb,
My hands so numb,
My legs can’t move,
The eyes out of focus,
Seeing the same image in everything.

All these troubles caused by one situation,
That I met at the auction,
I can’t believe I took the action,
Because I didn’t like such actions,
I don’t know why!

Many had come my way,
I pushed them away,
But things changed at her arrival,
Glad she didn’t find a rival.

No rivalry to my Japanese girlfriend,
She is the only one,
Who knows what I need at what time,
If I need a ride,
She is right there for me,
Just a little lubrication,
Sit on and I keep it calm,
Enjoying the moment.

But oh my!
She demands too much servicing,
Being inflated all the time,
Because deflation is not a choice.

This is task is sometimes daunting,
But I will never give up,
My ego cannot allow that,
For she is too precious,
Too invaluable,
So important,
No option,
She is mine.

She is so loyal,
Making me feel royal,
So eco-friendly,
Making me friendly,
She takes care of me,
I take care of her,
So we take care of each other,
Oh this Japanese girlfriend,
My BICYCLE!

Thursday, 19 May 2016

Judgement

When you say I am educated, remember I searched for it,
I accepted to be a fool,
And the dream became full,
It has taken me time,
And the struggle continues.

When you say I am rich, remember I was ones penniless,
Struggling to get a shilling that I could call mine,
It never came that easy.

When you say I am full, remember there was a time I slept hungry,
My stomach roared,
Downing a cup of strong tea made the night for me.

When you say I am smart, remember I was ones in tatters,
All my clothes full of patches,
Talk of school uniform,
My Sunday best,
And my beloved soccer shorts.

When you say I am riding, remember I ones walked shoeless,
Walking all the miles to school,
And sometimes all the way to the grandma’s place.

When you say I am proud, think of where I have come from,
Only then will you realize the reason for that ‘pride.’

So, please don’t judge me by the present,
But rather where I have come from,
I gave up on many things,
Some good, some bad,
Some sweet, some sour,
Some painful, some pleasurable,
…all those!

That is what it took to be me,
And I am sure it is not too late for you to do it.   

Sunday, 7 February 2016

Forest Certification

Do you read the label of products that you buy? And if you do, what motivates you? I bet most of us could say it is the ingredients because of maybe allergies and religious believes. However, we always fail to consider the channel or the origin of such products; whether the production process was (is) legal or standard. For instance, when we buy wood products, we care less about the certification standards but rather the quality and maybe price. It is require that all forest products should undergo Forest Certification before they are available in the market. The Wild Worldwide Fund (WWF) defines Forest Certification as a “system of inspection and tracking timber, pulp and other forest products to ensure they have been harvested according to a strict set of guidelines.” A number of organizations do Forest Certification, but the most credible one is the Forest Stewardship Council (SFC). Founded in 1994, SFC was a result of the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, that suggested formation of an independent worldwide forest certification scheme. This scheme needed to be free of any governmental, political, or regional influences, thus SFC came up.
SFC has established principles that are considered before giving certification to the forest owners. The principles not only consider the type of trees cut but also on the socio-economic aspects of the forests such as the welfare forest employees, benefits to the community including indigenous rights, usage tenure rights, and environmental management and conservation measures. It is only by showing credible application of the ten solid principles that SFC can certify a particular forest. Program for Endorsement of Forest Certification Schemes (PEFC) is also another famous forest certification body.     

I think forest certification has to be the major point of focus if we want to promote sustainable forest management practices (SFM). With most business people rushing for cheap and illegally logged forest products, a strict implementation Forest Certification principle can help address such issues. It should be a law that all commercial forest products must have a “Forest Certification” seal to save on our forests for both the present and the future. Notably, lack of implementing and enforcing such policies as Forest Certification, have seen regions like Sub-Saharan Africa incur huge losses due to illegal logging;  about 17 billion US dollars, while the global loss is 100 billion US dollars (Africa Progress Report, 2014). In his encyclical, “Laudato Si” (Our Common Home), Pope Francis laments that it is quite unfortunate that most countries have masterpieces of laws and policies, but they end up on shelves without implementation and enforcement. As such, it might be difficult to go by these Forest Certification rules, but with cooperation among various stakeholders ranging from global, regional, national, local and private organizations, it is cannot be any challenging. Indeed, Forest Certification is the best way to create a world where social, economic, and ecological aspects positively converge.    

References
Pope Francis. Laudato Si (Our Common Home)

Friday, 5 February 2016

Hurt-on collision

My soul searched,
My eyes saw,
My heart felt,
My spirit accepted,
And my mind discovered.

That you are water in its purest form,
Water tapped before the mountains went forestless,
Water tapped before the rivers knew pollution,
Water tapped before the lakes went saline,
And wells ran dry,
Water driving everyone thirsty.

The water gave me a love potion,
And today I wana make a proposition,
Though it might meet opposition,
I am sure it will be a hurt-on collision,
Thus an amazing coronation,
Calling you my queen,
And me your king.

Then we shall belong to the palace,
Which is the only place,
Where you find solace,
Servants untying your shoelace,
As you step in shoeless,
Your shoulders shawlless,
But to the world you will show less.

When you call me for revenge,
Please don’t find it strange,
For I will bring drama on stage,
And put the enemies in the cage,
As we enjoy at the edge,
Watching the sun come of age,
Thus turning our page.