Posted on Wednesday, 24 February 2016 | By Oluchina Oyesa
It was with utter delight that we ushered in the recent development in environmental sustainability. With the launch of Kenya Green University Network (KGUN) that is purposed to streamline environmental sustainability practices into our curriculum, one could find a room of doubt: is this the way to do it?
"The benefits of embracing environmental sustainability include a positive attitude change towards the environment, increased compliance to environmental laws and standards, and cost reductions as a result of resource use efficiency," Judy Wakhungu
I could not agree more, neither could I say it better; yet, I still find it unsettling to confront the sustainability issue without largely considering change of character. Who says that if you introduce a topic in a campus curricula it will have an impact? Well, it just might. But, walk with me through this: sustainability is a concept that requires a futuristic understanding. Some people don’t view sustainability with the weight it holds, some even dare dismiss it. Hence, if it is sustainability that we aim to achieve, we should consider an approach that seeks to speak to people and help them understand the gravity of the situation. I will say that children are our hope in this. We can implement all we want, but sustainability cannot, and I dare say, will not be realized without a change in mind set: from children to adults, never and not the other way around.
In educating children MSI marks its share of contribution towards environmental sustainability. Because we believe that children learn best, because they can stand up to their mothers and fathers and because this revolution needs them.