1. Butterfly Effect
Through this project, we are able to convey the feeling that despite life’s hustle, the green is a part of us, it is alive and can be called on; something many of us have become blind to in this digital age. Creation of costumes to wake the millennials to persuade them to take action in plant trees and nurturing nature. Our objective is to excite people through photography and creative fashion while at the same time people feel for the environment. Namatsi and Willem wings are also used in beauty pageants as creative wear to enhance the message.
2. Kingdom of Earth Events/Festival
Kingdom of Earth is geared towards raising awareness on the effects of human activities on the earth to enable active participation of youth in the preservation of nature. This 3 days festival calls for a clean up, environmental awareness and event. Its objective is to call for a clean and safe environment while addressing pollution and sustainable use of water.
The 1st event held in October 2019, tackled the voice, face and feelings of our environment on matters of waste, over-consumption and deforestation. The event was sponsored by Safaricom MJ Centre and Maji Milele Ltd and supported by Nature Kenya, Nani’s Kitengela Glass, Momo Pencils, G-thamini Youth Group, KBC and Kenya Volunteer Service Organization.
See Gallery here: ESPA_KENYA
3. Hisia Zangu Anthology
Edition 1:- Voice of the Earth
Beyond speaking for the environment, this anthology gives a fresh insight to our view of the environment as captured in its title which is Voices of the Earth and not Voices for the Earth. This points that we are aware to the possibility that the natural environment is not merely an object to be acted on, but a subject endowed with agency. And in deed some of the poets in this anthology do speak with, and to nature. Equally, through some of the poems, we see some elements of nature speaking to humans and empathizing with our pain and violation. The bold statement we hear from this anthology is that even though it needs to be spoken for, the environment too, does speak; and if it speaks, then we should listen. Reading and reflecting on these poems is a first step towards listening.
Miriam Maranga-Musonye (PhD), Senior Lecturer, Department of Literature, University of Nairobi.