The Bloggers Association of Kenya (BAKE) announced the nominees for BAKE Awards 2018. Since its inception in 2012, BAKE Awards has recognized and awarded the best in Kenyan blogging in different categories, every year. This year has seen the Best Environmental Blog as a stand-alone category. In previous years, it was placed together with agriculture. The Awards by organised by BAKE, an organization that promotes online content creation and free expression in Kenya.
This year’s competition began on January 11th, 2018, where BAKE accepted submissions in the various categories. Thereafter, a panel of judges selected the best 5 nominees from the successful submissions in each category.
Here are the Best Environmental Blog nominees in 2018.
Claire is a Food for Life Campaigner at Greenpeace Africa, where she trains local communities on ecological farming and campaigns for the adoption of ecological farming by smallholder farmers and the inclusion of ecological farming in agricultural policies.
She has previously worked for Arocha Kenya as an Environmental education officer and won the Wangari Maathai Scholarship Award in 2015 for her Environmental education work with school children in Budalangi.
Claire is also the founder of the Hummingbird Foundation, an initiative that connects school going children to nature through the establishment of food and botanical gardens in Mathare slums, Nairobi. She is a graduate of the Technical University of Kenya with a first class degree in Environmental Resource Management. Currently, she is a full member of Greenbelt Movement.
Her reason for starting The Environment Enthusiast (Conservation at heart) was to share information from an expert’s perspective regarding the environment with an aim of educating the public. She is a previous nominee in BAKE Awards 2015.
In her free time, she loves reading, dancing and listening to music.
Wanjiru Kung’u is an Environmentalist and Community Development expert who is very passionate about development, governance and environmental issues. Falsafa was started in 2017 as a way to share her knowledge in the field of environment and development while working towards her career path. She balances her time between her blog, Falsafa, administration and other writing work. Her writing work mainly includes articles on crucial areas of development, the environment and policy work. She advocates for “moving the conversation on the influence towards sustainable development.”
Godfrey Njiiri is a programmer with an interest in matters that drive the tech ecosystem. His passion is in discussing the possible paths that the nation can take to a future defined by technology. Writing has been a part of his life since he was a young boy. It was his way of unwinding and getting a firm grip on his thoughts. “The discussion on the nexus between sustainability and technology has the potential to define the next century for Africa.” His articles highlight areas we can improve and call attention to areas that present potential roadblocks to our development.
Abraham was introduced to the outdoors by his father from a very early age. His father worked as a tour leader in a leading tour firm known as Abercrombie and Kent. He was always thrilled by being out in the wilderness always looking forward to the holidays.
Abraham’s zeal for conservation led him into wildlife advocacy and activism through social media by creating awareness on the plight of wildlife and through walking the talk. He has taken part in various conservation forums, the annual Global March for Elephants, Rhinos and Lions, Ivory Belongs to Elephants East Africa walk lead by Jim Justus Nyamu, peace walks through Friends of Nairobi National Park (FONNAP) and got an invite to attend 2016’s Ivory burn in Kenya.
Through social media, he has been able to interact and share his experiences with a global audience changingpeople’s perspective about wildlife. After opening a Facebook group I AM JUSTICE FOR WILDLIFE he was motivated to start I am Justice for Wildlife blog. “Unlike timeline conversations, a blog article is like a book which can be shared, reviewed and edited from time to time.”
Abraham has experienced the good, bad and ugly sides in the field of conservation. He has witnessed births and scenes of freshly poached animals. He realised he couldn’t sit back and hope someday things will get better. “I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples and wildlife advocacy is my little way of giving back to Mother Nature.”
It’s not enough to understand the natural world; the point is to defend and preserve it thus his passion for conservation has pushed him beyond what most people would understand. Armed with a Bachelor of Science degree in Wildlife Management he refused to be confined to an office and enrolled in the Kenya Wildlife Service Law Enforcement College for a paramilitary ranger course. “The little things you are passionate about are not random.”
Every day as a wildlife officer he helps better the well-being of the wildlife under his care. “We have only one heart and the same wretchedness which leads to us to mistreat an animal will not be long showing itself in our relationships with other people. Every act of cruelty towards any creature is contrary to human dignity.” Pope Francis
Abraham has also participated in the Earth Optimism Student Video Competition
Kelvin is a passionate wildlife biologist, certified Environmental Impact Assessment
and Audit Expert, tour operator, and Project Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist. He is the founder of Wild World Expeditions, a youth-led conservation organization that advocates for Ecotourism as a mitigation to environmental challenges such as climate change.
Kelvin is also a regional Representative and Coordinator for the Global Youth
Biodiversity Network and Coalition WILD Program Ambassador. He is also a member of Environmental Awareness Youth Committee of the East African Natural History Society. Since childhood, Kelvin has developed a deep interest in understanding how various aspects of nature exist, and how to perpetually conserve them for future generations.
His project, Environmental Education and Sustainable Waste Management, seeks to realize a greener Kenya through advocacy campaigns and training, partnerships, and community empowerment. He has participated in several local, national, and international conservation forums, actively representing the voice of the youth in biodiversity conservation. In 2015, he was awarded the Male Environmentalist of the Year, Community Service Category.
Kelvin is the environmental conservation writer at Kelvin Wild Chronicles. A blog he started to boldly discuss prevailing conservation issues such as climate change and seek views on how to find respective effective remedies. Kelvin takes blogging as the most efficient way of engaging the online community in environmental conservation.
Elizabeth is also known as Liz Mazingira due to her great passion for the environment since childhood. The late Professor Wangari Maathai is her role model and she is determined to leave her mark just as the late Nobel Laureate Prize winner did. She is the 4th recipient of Wangari Maathai Scholarship Award and the founder of Green Generation Initiative (G.G.I) through which she conducts environmental education sessions in primary schools and high schools, tree growing sessions for school children as well as mentorship.
Liz’s main aim is to help the country attain a 10% forest cover and beyond by 2030 while still nurturing young generations to be environmentally conscious as they are the ones who will inherit the future of this planet. She has also reached out to other young people like her who are assisting her with this initiative.
Liz has previously been an intern at African Fund for Endangered Wildlife – AFEW Giraffe Center, where she was in charge of conservation education forums for school children as well as local and international tourists.
She has also served as a representative, vice chairperson and finally chairperson of Kenyatta University Environmental Club as well as a projects coordinator of African Youth Initiative on Climate Change.
Liz is a passionate blogger and her quest to transform the nature and future of our environment led her to start blog Liz Mazingira. Here, she creates awareness on various environmental issues of concern through her articles.
To vote in the BAKE Awards 2018, you will need to visit bakeawards.co.ke/vote. Voting is limited to one vote per person.
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