Kenya Greenhouse Air: How the campaign of activists helps fight greenhouse gases



John Kieti has always made sure that his windows are locked and all the curtains in his house are locked.

He did this to prevent the dirty air from the neighboring town from entering his house.

The dirty air has been affecting her two children.

'' We have decided that it is enough now. We cannot continue to tolerate it anymore, '' he told the BBC.

'' Every day, we wake up and inhale dusty air. Children in these areas suffer from respiratory distress ''

Syokimau is a city with a moderate economy in ruins and Nairobi, with a population of over 5,000 people, many of whom live in two- or three-bedroom homes.

But there are several factories in different parts of the city, including the steel factory, the cement factory, and the pavement, while they are close to people's homes.

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Mr Kieti, along with his wife and children, lives near a tar factory that emits a foul odor and heavy smoke, resulting in overlaying the area with black smoke.

The World Health Organization says pollution levels have reached 70 percent above the permissible level in Nairobi.

It is a mixture that causes heavy smoke from old cars, burning garbage and factories.


'Code for Africa' brings these machines to help panic activists over air pollution.

Code for Africa spokesman Yazmin Jumaali said '' Our data is real, so anyone can use it.

They can find daily statistics that they can use in campaigns to call on government to solve the problems they face about air pollution ''

'' The responses were very impressive. The machine was showing that the air was very dirty, '' said Mr Kieti.

These machines showed dangerous levels of airborne particles (PM2.5), which are 2.5 microns and smaller in diameter, as small as 20 times as small as sand, and as small as they could be.

These data are published on the website, where anyone can access them for free.

'' We were getting up at night to look at the value of air and taking pictures so we could use them in our campaigns, '' said Mr Kieti.

In June Mr Kieti and his colleagues from the community launched a campaign on social networks showing others the data they had obtained.

'' We used Twitter, Facebook, WhatsApp, and Youtube networks to launch these campaigns to show the results from the machine as a way to demand fresh air. ''



'' We made the National Environmental Authorization uncomfortable by including others (tags) in the message online.

The media started broadcasting the campaign, highlighting many aspects of air pollution.

Not only for Mr. Kieti's area, but every other part of the Kenyan capital.

Within 30 minutes from Syokimau, there is a family who fear that their child is a victim of dirty air.

Rashidah and Nazir Hakada live in Sawada province, which also has several factories.

They are still mourning the death of their two-year-old son Hafsa, who died in June after contracting an airway infection and causing lungs to weaken and fail to produce enough oxygen for vital organs in the body.

Doctors say the problem can be caused by high levels of smoke or chemical smoke. 'Code for Africa' brings these machines to help panic activists over air pollution.

Code for Africa spokesman Yazmin Jumaali said '' Our data is real, so anyone can use it.

They can find daily statistics that they can use in campaigns to call on government to solve the problems they face about air pollution ''

'' The responses were very impressive. The machine was showing that the air was very dirty, '' said Mr Kieti.

These machines showed high levels of harmful air particles (PM2.5), which are 2.5 microns smaller and smaller in diameter, as 20 times smaller than the sand, as well as their small size suggest that they can enter the bloodstream.

These data are published on the website, where anyone can access them for free.

'' We were getting up at night to look at the value of air and taking pictures so we could use them in our campaigns, '' said Mr Kieti.

In June Mr Kieti and his colleagues from the community launched a campaign on social networks showing others the data they had obtained.

'' We used Twitter, Facebook, WhatsApp, and Youtube networks to launch these campaigns to show the results from the machine as a way to demand fresh air. ''



'' Our baby had respiratory problems. The first time he was admitted in April, they let us go home.

He was admitted back in June for the same problem, staying in the hospital for 48 hours after which he died. "

The couple have two other children, and one of them was recently admitted because of respiratory problems.

'' Look at all these breathing apparatus, '' Mrs. He would say angrily as he analyzed machines to help people with asthma.

'' It's bullying to him. She is only 6 years old.

'' If she coughs, she coughs all week. It's a very young and frail baby. ''

Mr Hakada and his colleagues in his community have installed machines in their province. And like Syokimau, they use their figures to claim fresh air.

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Barriers no longer exist '

They love the work of Mr. Kieti and his fruitful works.

'' Finally, environmental officials have heard our cries after not paying attention to us for a long time. ''

'' They came over and inspected the factory, talked to the people in our community and demanded that the factory be shut down until they brought an air-conditioning machine. ''

And now, machines are recording a small amount of dirty air.

'' We are very pleased to see our campaign bear fruit. Heavy smoke and smoke no longer exist. ''

The rate at which our children were suffering from chest infections decreases.

He said with a smile while discussing their achievements.