In Summary
  • The list released as the world marks climate week, includes renowned global climate campaigners like Pope Francis.
  • Mr Mwenda is known in environmental circles for his role in assembling broad stakeholder consultations.
  • Mr Mwenda represents the African civil society in the committee of the World Bank Forest Carbon Partnership Facility.

A climate change activist who pushed for the enactment of a law that mainstreams mitigation of global warming in Kenya’s development plans has been named among the world’s 100 most influential people.

Mr Mithika Mwenda, the Executive Director of Pan African Climate Justice Alliance (PACJA) — a continental coalition of non-state actors, was recognised for his efforts in influencing climate change policies not only in Kenya but in other African countries.

The list released as the world marks climate week, includes renowned global climate campaigners like Pope Francis, former US Vice president Al Gore and Bloomberg CEO Michael Bloomberg, among other leaders.

CLIMATE CHANGE LAW

Mr Mwenda is known in environmental circles for his role in assembling broad stakeholder consultations bringing together government, the private sector and civil society leaders that finally saw the enactment of Kenya's Climate Change Act, 2016 by Parliament.

After the law was passed, Kenya launched the National Climate Change Response Strategy (NCCRS) and Climate Change Action Plan, affirming its commitment to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and its implementing instrument, the Kyoto Protocol.

According to Apolitical, the London based organisation that ranks global leaders in various fields based on the best governance practices, Mr Mwenda has influenced climate change policy at a national and global level to make it more equitable and pro-poor.

STRONG ADVOCATE

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