By 2050, 68% percent of the global population will live in a major city. CNN’s Going Green travels to Nairobi, Kenya, to hear how a population which has doubled since 1986 is adapting to today’s environmental challenges.
The programme meets Sam Dindi, who has dedicated his life to volunteering and campaigning to protect the environment in his home city. Alongside a group of volunteers, Dindi has helped clean the banks of the Nairobi river, including founding a park for local residents.
Dindi tells Going Green:
“My journey to keep Nairobi green has been seven years [long]. It’s been a tough battle, but I believe there is hope. Nairobi belongs to us; the environment belongs to us and it’s only us who can salvage the situation.”
CNN also hears how Dindi travels to local school to help spread awareness about conservation to Kenya’s next generation. Initially starting with one school, Dindi now visits up to 20 – teaching over 10,000 children about conservation.
“When I start mentoring these young children, I feel hopeful.” Dindi explains to the programme “There is hope, it’s not all doom and gloom because this is the next generation.”
Looking to the future, Dindi tells CNN how he is hoping to utilize the airwaves to reach an even broader audience. Working alongside 10 young artists from Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda, he has now produced twelve songs examining the theme of conserving the environment and wildlife.
“We discovered that people respond to music, so I decided to start writing songs, environmentally themed songs. We want to make a song that will be able to educate the public on what rhinos are, their value to us… Something danceable, something people can enjoy while they protect the animals.”