NOC-K launches Sustainability on empowering federations to champion Climate change

The National Olympic Committee of Kenya (NOC-K) held the LEA Sustainability Workshop this morning in Nairobi.

Attended by 60 athletes from the Olympic and Commonwealth Federations, the workshop aims to harness the power of sport to combat climate change and raise environmental awareness nationwide. LEA, Swahili for “nurture” or “take care of,” symbolizes NOC-K’s call to action for sports stakeholders to become stewards of Mother Nature.

From tree-planting initiatives to reducing plastic use, the workshop underscores NOC-K’s commitment to sustainability and its Sport for Climate Action program. Speaking at the opening ceremony, NOC-K Deputy President Shadrack Maluki emphasized the organization’s pivotal role in driving sustainable sports programs and fostering environmental consciousness within the sporting community.

“We are delighted to share this vision with our members, echoing the Olympic Agenda’s ethos of unity and progress. Together, we can accelerate our efforts to create a greener, more resilient future,” He stated.

World Athletics Vice President and Athletics Kenya President  Jackson Tuwei highlighted the critical link between climate action and sports, stressing the importance of weather conditions for athletes’ performance and safety.

 “The impact of climate change on sports is undeniable. As a leading Olympic nation, it’s our responsibility to take proactive measures to safeguard our athletes and our planet,” he remarked.

The urgency of climate action resonated further as concerns were raised about the adverse effects of climate change on sporting events. The upcoming International Schools Federations Cross Country Championships in Nairobi has already experienced challenges due to heavy rains and flooding.

Julius Mwangemi from the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) commended NOC-K’s leadership in fostering sustainability and expressed UNEP’s commitment to supporting the LEA goals and objectives. “We at the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) are deeply impressed by the leadership of NOC-K in fostering sustainability. We all have a vital commitment in fostering a greater future to the upcoming generation,” Mwangemi.

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