In Summary
  • The activist is best known for assembling the broad stakeholder consultations bringing together government, private sector and civil society leaders that finally saw the Climate Change Act enacted by Parliament in 2016.

Renowned climate change activist Mithika Mwenda who has led civil society campaigns opposing government plans to set up a coal power plant in Lamu has been recognised for his environmental conservation efforts.

Mr Mwenda, the executive director of Pan African Climate Justice Alliance (PACJA), has been selected for the prestigious Sierra Club’s Earth Care Award 2019 for his significant contribution to international environmental protection and conservation.

The activist is best known for assembling the broad stakeholder consultations bringing together government, private sector and civil society leaders that finally saw the Climate Change Act enacted by Parliament in 2016.

The Climate Change Act mainstreams mitigation of global warming in Kenya’s development plans.

Mr Mwenda said he was overjoyed by the nomination and that it would energise his resolve to continue fighting to accord loud voices to those at the front-line of addressing the climate crisis.

 “This is not a singular honour but the recognition of the great work by thousands of PACJA members and partners in shaping fair, just and equitable climate policies and action in Africa and globally,” he said.

According to a statement released by PACJA, Mr Mwenda will be presented with the award for his climate justice activism at a ceremony to be held on September 14 at the Marriott Oakland City Center in Oakland, California, United States.

Sierra Club, the US-based lobby group, presents the Earth Care Award annually to honour individuals or organisations that make unique contribution to international environmental protection and conservation.

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