Climate change has become the most critical global challenge in the recent times with implications on the human well being thus showing a potential to affect the Big Four government’s agenda.
Drastic weather changes occasioned by global warming clearly presents a challenge which might affect all sectors of the economy therefore affecting sustainable development according to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).
President Kenyatta and his administration have since focused on the “Big Four” agenda; food security, affordable housing, manufacturing and affordable healthcare that are facing a challenge following the unpredictable climatic conditions.
There have been severe weather patterns, including prolonged droughts and massive flush floods witnessed around the country in the recent past and have caused massive crop failures and loss of livestock, thus leading to food insecurity.
It affects population health which result to changes in infectious disease occurrences and various health consequences due to population displacement.
Subsequently, unpredictable climatic conditions contributed to loss of revenue and human suffering, thereby slowing economic development in the country.
According to Environment and Forestry Permanent Secretary (PS) Susan Mochache, the government may have spent an average of Sh4.2 billion on post disaster relief per year due to climate related extreme events between 2000-2011 and 2016-2017. The PS was speaking on Wednesday at a Nairobi hotel during a climate change forum.
Fighting with this menace is a target that requires great efforts from both the public and private sector.
The government should stand to address the disaster of climate change if it has to realize the Big Four agenda, the Medium term and vision 2030.
Climate change remains to be the most critical situation in developing countries where droughts and floods have become more severe and devastating.