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Sunday, October 25, 2009

How coal contributes to Kenya's deforestation

The externalities of the fossil fuel business, like the US coal industry, include drought due to climate change. Here in Kenya, as crop yields are diminished due to lack of water, impoverished populations cut even more equatorial forests to increase crop lands. As
water becomes dirtier more wood is turned into charcoal and burned to purify it. Fresh food is extremely limited resulting in
longer cooking time for hard soaked corn and dried porridge. Trying to meet their most basic
needs a virtually carbon neutral population is rapidly become more carbon intensive in an attempt to stay alive. As the world turns its back, Kilimanjaro is loosing both snow and tree cover. Kenya is loosing
species diversity at an alarming rate. Lakes and rivers fed by Mt Kilimanjaro's snow cover and microclimates have all dried
up. The Maasai have no place left to walk to find water. Children are thirsty, hungry and being abandoned across the country.
A clean energy economy can end hunger in our lifetime and restore habitats
that have been marginalized by climate change and our fossil fuel dependence. With just 387 parts per million carbon equivalent in the atmosphere we can see the devastating effects climate change is already having. Are we really willing to continue with our focus on a mono-crop of money while all other valuable assets diminish. We are borrowing heavily not only from our children's future but on our own. Stop climate change NOW, Use Less live MORE.

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