Target: Uhuru Kenyatta, President of Kenya
Goal: Save Lake Kenyatta and the lives of all those who rely on it.
Lake Kenyatta, in northern Kenya, is drying up at an alarming rate. The local fishermen have seen a huge decrease in fish count that lessens with each day. Fifteen hippos have even been found dead and dried on the lake’s shore. It is to the point where there is only a small pond that used to be one of the lake’s corners. All the animals that used to rely on this lake for survival now are packed into this small watering hole, and are dying. A reported 65,000 people rely on this lake for water, and even more animals.
Because all the animals are now relying on such a small amount of water, there is not enough sustenance for all of them to survive. The farmers can’t catch the fish because the animals are eating the few that are left. Because there are so few fish left, many animals such as hippos have been found dead on the shore of what used to be the lake. Even the earthworms, which the fisherman historically use for bait, have dried up and died. This is an entire ecosystem at risk, not just one species or one lake.
Experts claim that this drying up, and the drought that is causing it to happen, are man-made phenomena. The way our current world lives and consumes is having devastating effects on ecosystems thousands of miles away. This is often always true for environmental degradation and threats. Those benefiting and those being hurt by a certain form on consumption are almost always separated.
If this drying up continues, fishing in the lake will become impossible. If that happens, the humans around Lake Kenyatta as well as the animals who rely on the water will most like likely die or have to travel elsewhere to live. Sign this petition to save the lake and the animals that rely on it.
Dear President Kenyatta,
Lake Kenyatta is drying up, and it threatens human populations as well as the ecosystem that exists within and surrounding the lake. The people and animals, over 65,000, need this lake for survival; it is the cornerstone of their ecosystem.
The drought that is causing the lake to dry up is not one caused by natural forces, but in fact an example of the catastrophic climate change effects we will see as time goes on. Steps need to be taken to prevent things like this happening to already marginalized communities. Infrastructure must be put in place to solve problems like Lake Kenyatta before they cause the loss of countless lives.
Use your power to help those that rely on the lake and set a framework to deal with problems similar to this the future.
[Your Name Here]
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