Youth in Kenya Join Faith Leaders' Call for Limiting Production, Use of Fossil Fuels

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Youths from various religious denominations in Kenya have joined faith leaders from across the globe in calling for a  Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty

Faith leaders across the globe are calling on governments to develop and implement a legally binding written agreement that limits the production and use of fossil fuels.

In a statement read out at the Interfaith Youth Forum on Peace and Climate 2023 on Friday, September 15, the youths said the world is “at a crucial juncture in history” and decisions that are made today will determine the fate of future generations.

“By formally joining the call for a Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty, we send a clear and resounding message to the world that we are committed to taking bold and decisive action to mitigate the climate crisis,” Isaiah Kilerai said during the event that was held at the Catholic University of Eastern Africa (CUEA).

The student of St. Michael’s Secondary Day School Nairobi added, “By joining this treaty, we demonstrate our commitment to working collaboratively with the international community to address a common threat.”


Young people, Kilerai said, “have a duty to protect the most vulnerable among us, those who are disproportionately affected by climate change.”

He went on to laud the treaty for championing the principles of global solidarity, economic resilience, and environmental stewardship.

“The treaty aligns with our commitment to protect and preserve our natural environment for current and future generations,” Kilerai said, adding that the treaty recognizes that “the unrestrained extraction and burning of fossil fuels imperil the delicate balance of our ecosystems."

“By transitioning away from fossil fuels and investing in clean energy, we can stimulate economic growth, create green jobs, and reduce our vulnerability to the volatile fossil fuel market.,” he said at the event had various dignitaries in attendance, including the Apostolic Nuncio in Kenya and South Sudan, Archbishop Hubertus van Megen; CUEA Vice Chancellor, Fr. Prof. Stephen Mbugua, and the First Lady of Kajiado County, Edna Lenku, among others. 

The student added that the treaty incorporates the spirit of global solidarity by recognizing that the climate crisis “knows no borders, and its impacts are felt by all”.

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“I implore each of you to consider the gravity of this moment and the profound impact of our collective decisions. Let us not be the generation that failed to act when the signs of impending disaster were so evident,” Kilerai said.

Magdalene Kahiu is a Kenyan journalist with passion in Church communication. She holds a Degree in Social Communications from the Catholic University of Eastern Africa (CUEA). Currently, she works as a journalist for ACI Africa.