Reduce Pollution on Kenyan Flower Farms

Target: Kenya Flower Council Chief Executive Clement Tulezi

Goal: Help small flower farms adopt sustainable practices to reduce lake pollution.

Kenyan flower farms are creating dangerous pollution. A quarter of Kenya’s gross domestic product stems from its small flower farms, making the country the fourth largest flower exporter in the world. Although the country relies on the flower industry, employing more than 500,000 workers, it has spelled disaster for Lake Naivasha, where small farms pump water out of the lake and pump chemicals and pesticides in. Furthermore, the attraction of work around the lake has contributed to an increase in migrant workers and surrounding slums that lead to more chemicals like detergent and human waste in the lake.

Problems include sanitation, less fish for consumption, and destruction of surrounding wetlands.

However, the flower industry has done wonders socially and economically. It has brought jobs, fair trade, and peace for many people. In addition, many larger farms like Oserian use sustainable practices, including using ants and beetles instead of some pesticides, and less toxic chemicals. It’s up to the Kenya Flower Council to help guide smaller farms into adopting more sustainable practices instead of taking shortcuts and polluting the environment.

Currently, there are pilot projects in Kenya being implemented by German development agency GIZ and the International Climate Initiative. Sign the petition below to urge the chief executive of the council to support these programs and provide financial support to encourage small flower farms to establish sustainable business practices.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Mr. Tulezi,

I understand that the flower industry in Kenya is a huge contributor to the country’s economic growth. The lucrative business has brought many workers and farms surrounding Lake Naivasha, which has created some environmental concerns. Toxins from farming are being dumped into the lake and soil, harming fish and wetlands. While some bigger flower farms have adopted sustainable practices like using beetles and ants instead of some pesticides, and using less toxic chemicals, there are many more small farms that have not, and usually cannot follow suit.

I urge you to provide guidance and financial support in helping these smaller farms adopt innovation from bigger flower farms. Without this transition, the environmental problems will only worsen. Chemicals being dumped into the lake will kill more fish, water being pumped out of the lake could lead to irreparable disruptions in water cycles, and damage done to the surrounding wetlands could wreak havoc on plants and animals that depend on these habitats. Please support the programs launched by the German development agency GIZ and the International Climate Initiative.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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3 Comments

  1. It would be a wonderful thing for the Flower Council to teach and help it’s flower growers. Sometimes all it takes is a little knowledge and help to get things going.

  2. REDUCE THE POLLUTION ON THESE FARMS.

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