Whose responsibility is it to take care of the environment?

Written by Diana Wambui

As we mark World Environment Day today (5th June, 2021), it is crucial to note that it takes collective responsibility to take care of our environment. The Zuri Initiative, a social enterprise, has made environmental sustainability as its priority in all the projects it undertakes.

Protecting our environment should be a major aspect in our lives as it affects our climate, our livelihood and our future. Deforestation leads to soil erosion, flooding and desertification. Dumping of plastics, chemicals and untreated waste in the waters causes water pollution and harms sea creatures and causes waterborne diseases.

AI - Zuri SoCCs Participants receiving tree saplings in Amani Kibera

The Zuri Initiative (Zuri) has been using the Social Capital Credits (SoCCs) concept, developed by the Asia Initiatives, to inspire women to undertake acts of collective responsibility that in turn bring positive change to their communities. Women are encouraged to take positive actions, such as planting trees, keeping their environments clean, and separating their waste into plastics, organic waste, recyclables, etc. and properly disposing of it. For these acts, the women earn SoCCs points that they can then redeem for items such as a vertical kitchen garden set, organic compost, up-cycling and recycling training, and much more.

This year, Zuri has partnered with other like-minded organizations such as Amani Kibera and the Whispers Champions to ensure that women in Kibera are participating in activities that bring awareness in environmental conservation. We are hoping to reach out to more communities in the near future.

Some of the activities that Zuri, its partner organizations and the women it works with are involved in include: