Energy Cabinet Secretary (CS) Davis Chirchir has urged schools to embrace clean energy to preserve the environment.
In a speech read by his PS Alex Wachira to mark the Clean Cooking Week 2023 in Nakuru’s Nyayo Garden, Chirchir said traditional forms of energy have led to wanton destruction of the environment and degradation of the land mass.
Chirchir said for many years schools have been using firewood as their main source of energy, saying it brought more harm than good.
He said there was need to sensitize all school heads to start using various forms of clean energy and become ambassadors of environmental conservation and protection.
“We have initiated vigorous campaigns in all education institutions to advocate for clean energy and completely eliminate traditional forms of energy like firewood,” said Chirchir.
The CS revealed that over 23,000 Kenyans, majority of whom are children and women, die yearly because of hazards associated environmental destruction.
He also told school heads and all Kenyans to have a positive mindset about clean energy, which he said is accessible and affordable.
The event was attended by among others Nakuru County Deputy Governor David Kones, and UNDP, Japanese and German embassy representatives.
By Peter Otuoro
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