Cycle4Seas is an epic race from upcountry Kajiado to coastal Malindi, to raise awareness and attract funding for innovative projects to save the planet. An initiative of Seas4Life, which has been cleaning beaches, recycling discarded flip flops and partnering with Ocean Alive to restore the biodiversity of degraded coral reefs on the Swahili Coast.
Raising awareness, cleaning the seas and building a “blue” economy that makes coastal communities guardians of the marine ecosystem.
Kajiado county, where the race will begin, has only 3.5% forest cover even though some
100,000 trees have been planted in recent years. The government’s target is a minimum 10% forest cover. Forests in the Ngong hills that provided the area with water have since disappeared and therefore, these trees are not enough for water catchment to feed the rivers that run by burgeoning towns.
Recently, governor Lenko of Kajiado county banned the sale of water, much of it in plastic containers because it was found that most people were drinking salty water from boreholes which would eventually result in poor heart and kidney health. A Chinese company has since invested in clean piped water, which ties Kajiado to aid for it’s survival.
Birds nest in forests providing nitrogen rich guano to the soil which is carried with rain to rivers feeding the plants and animals along the way to the seas from which water evaporation causes clouds to shed their rain over the forests. This system is now cracking due to clearing of land for charcoal and agriculture as well as industries pumping out carbon dioxide which has warmed the earth and is creating deserts with lowest biodiversity in man’s history. A diverse gene pool ensures adaptation and evolution of species.
According to the United Nations there is still time – just over a decade to avert the worst effects of climate damage if we begin to link every economic activity with environmental concerns.
This has already started on a global scale. Recently, in Lamu a well developed plan for a coal plant was thwarted by public pressure in favour of renewable energies that would preserve the coast’s mangrove forests. The Mau forest complex is the largest water tower in Kenya feeding rivers from Lake Turkana in the north to Natron in Tanzania. After areas of its were depleted due to human settlement, the government mobilized resources for it’s rehabilitation so that agriculture, hydropower, urban water supply, tourism, rural livelihoods and wildlife habitats that depend on it maybe preserved.
Oceans Alive created an award winning marine sanctuary and sustainable fisheries in Kuruwitu, which is locally managed. The previously bleached coral reef due to over fishing and trampling by tourists who removed animal habitats such as shells is now a snorkeling delight with colourful and vibrant sea creatures.
We can start accelerating the energy in a positive contagion and let the universe do the rest. Join the race.
The most basic way to describe how charcoal is produced is that wood is burned in a fire until the charred remains can be recovered as charcoal. Charcoal production triggers deforestation because charcoal is made out of wood and the only way to get wood to make charcoal is to chop down trees.
All cyclists in our epic off-road cycle will be tossing out Seedballs along the route to help encourage new tree growth!
Thank you Seedballs Kenya for your amazing donation and we can’t wait to plant some trees!