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Poor Land Management? No, Its Climate Change Killing Kenya!

January 15, 2010

“Do we need to say our prayers?”

Another impartial, balanced view on the BBC environment site.  You know you are up against another climate change propaganda piece when you read this:

“A growing population, coupled with insufficient investment in rural infrastructure and land management, makes it even more difficult to adapt to climate change and stave off the impending disasters brought by human induced global warming.”

Nope that is nothing like impartial.  Are there proven impending disasters?  What are they?  Is human induced warming to blame, if it exists in enough volume to be the cause of change in Kenya?

Or is it simply a case of people not managing their land?

Only 12% of their children attend school.  over population.  Lack of investment in infrastructure. No sustainable systems. Complete ignorance of reality by linking their issues to a god that nobody can actually prove exists.  Faith replacing activity and intelligence on the ground, and wasting their time and hope praying rather than dealing collectively with their issues.

It’s all there in the article, yet still the conclusion is its down to climate change.  Climate change has become the monster that you can blame for any social issue.  Why do the hard work when you can just blame climate change for your countries lack of development.

“Climate change causes suffering for people. Many people in Africa walk for miles in search of water.”

Millions of people on Africa have walked for their water for decades.  This is nothing new.  Is it man made climate change, or a lack of infrastructure coupled with the massive natural climate variations that have always occurred in recent (read past 1000+ year)  African history?

One of the commenters is from Kenya and says:

“true that religion provides convenient escape from responsibility. yes, opportunity exist for using the education network to confront climate change. dont generally think that this should be lumped over one group say the youth over any other. similarly other community networks can also be utilised. the greatest challenge is that the average kenyan spends more than 98% of his labor time struggling to make ends meet. conservation efforts have largely been painted as magnanimous efforts rather than pure survival. sure educational institutions (and others) can make an effort to include practical conservation as part of the curriculum, but at the expense of what else? many youths have no time to engage in conservation after school since they are engaged in other chores. answer lies in govt policy change to actively pursue conservation at all levels. in fact its not conservation but restoration thats needed”

So the people on the ground appear to be saying it is a lack of education and focus on improving the internal systems that is the issue.

Kenya is a fertile country.  However it has ripped up so much of its forest cover, with a current forestation cover of just 6%, that despite desperate attempts to replace it in recent times, has led to the land and climate changing.  Kenya destroyed most of its forests.  That is self-induced change and nothing to do with the monster of a perceived, human-induced, global climate change. Is deforestation mentioned? Nope.

Am I being overly harsh here?  Well lets consider this quote:

“As Kefa Kones Kibet, a 17-year-old from Nakuru High School in Kenya’s Rift Valley, remarks:

“Climate change causes suffering for people. Many people in Africa walk for miles in search of water.

“Women are the ones who suffer most because they are the ones who look out for the family. People should be educated on how to plant trees and how best to use the little water available.”

So we have a girl with a little education saying that basically the people don’t even know how to, or understand why they should plant trees or manage the water.  This is the crux of the issue, not the claimed Anthropological climate change boogey-monster.

Africa has always suffered from drought.  The sad fact is that there are simply too many people now in a location where climate variations make it at times inhospitable to large numbers of huam beings. Parts of the planet were simply never viable for large, static human population.  Our intense population growth in the past 100 years has created this situation.  Yes the climate is changing, it always has, and do we know if 200 years ago Kenya suffered similar increased dry seasons?  No, yet now we stand up and scream that the current situation is new and unique.  Is it?

The real and inconvenient truth is that Kenya  is suffering from over population,  ignorance, poor management and lack of money.  because there is no support infrastructure, the farmers are retreating to the towns, leaving the land further unmanaged.

How about this as well:

Fingers are also being pointed to environmental mismanagement. Wetlands International has stated that commercial overexploitation of water in Kenya has made the crisis worse than it should have been. For example 100 tons of flowers are transported from Kenya by Dutch farmers every day—these are non-native flowers that are being grown on Kenya’s dwindling water supply. Even in the midst of this crisis, the flowers have not missed a day for delivery to western consumers.”

Thousands of people, comparatively wealthy western hemisphere people in brick houses, have died of cold in the past month.  So the climate is capable of killing us at both ends of the scale.

In addition, if we go too far the other way in climate, the northern hemisphere will become an icy killer while the equatorial regions become even drier. That is a fact of any passage into, or climb out of an ice age. So a lowering temperature is far more dangerous for the population of the world as a whole.

The climate changes, and somewhere people die. It always has, and always will happen.  We are in danger of being drawn into a global “tug of war”with everyone demanding action because their own local climate it not at its perceived optimum.

The only reason we are aware of how rapidly the climate changes globally, and how fickle it can be nowadays is because of globalisation –  and the screams of the people needing a cause to cling to.

Finally, I challenge how truthful this article actually is.  This is a recent news report of flash flooding a week ago, yes you guessed it, in Kenya.  So the water is there now, but have the growing Kenyan population that has retreated mostly to urban slums got the skills, infrastructure and resolve to get out there and harness that water for the dry times?

Mr Whiteheads statement should have read:

“A growing population, coupled with a lack of modern education and outlook, insufficient investment in rural infrastructure and land management, makes it even more difficult to adapt to a constantly changing world.”

This article is nothing other than a classic example of how the BBC regularly ties climate change into a subject.  Its like they take any human problem story, and tack the same thing into each one.  Why?


From → BBC Climate Bias

  1. Terry permalink

    It seems to me that the BBC have four obsessions:

    1. Declaring any actor that appears in Eastenders to be a ‘Celebrity’.

    2. Remaking yet another version of Oliver Twist.

    3. Henry VIII and the Tudors generally.

    4. Global Warming.

    I hear that there is to be a new drama series called “Henry VIII and Global Warming” or “The King who asked for more” staring all sorts of unknown Eastenders actors.

  2. Jack Hughes permalink

    Good work, here. Keep going.

    PS: you don’t need to be a scientist to see that Al Gore and Raj Pachauri don’t really believe their own bogus nonsense. Just follow the money.

    What is a tough job is trying to figure out who really does believe it. My neighbor, for example, is an eco-dupe who cycles everywhere and recycles everything and has soggy camping holidays in the UK instead of jetting off to Spain. She believes it all – and she gets on my tits when she scolds us for leaving our porch light on and other felonies.

    David Cameron and Ed Miliband also seem to kind of believe it but also believe in personal exemption. This is great – you can it with the cool kids and feel morally superior but fly off to Copenhagen. Bit like the35 beebers in fact.

  3. David Bofinger permalink

    BBC has more obsessions than that. As an Australian I’d add “Australia’s deadly animals” and “Australian racism” to the list. A reader who knew about Australia only from the BBC would develop a very funny idea what it was like.

    But I agree: BBC’s hammering of the global warming drum has become a bit ridiculous and one-sided. It would be interesting to count the number of articles on the BBC web site that had bad news about global warming, versus the number that had good.

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