UNEP Works with Two Nairobi Festivals on Climate Change
31 July 2009: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) was involved in two festivals in Nairobi, Kenya, namely the Storymoja Hay Festival, held from 31 July-1 August, and Kenya's first green music festival, held on 2 August, that considered climate change.
The Storymoja Hay Festival hosted talks on critical topics facing East Africa, including a keynote discussion on climate change and the upcoming climate meeting in Copenhagen by Achim Steiner, UNEP Executive Director. Modeled on Britain's annual Hay Festival, the event was designed to be a meeting of minds to brainstorm for solutions on climate change, the environment, education, finance, fair trade and business.
On 2 August, UNEP was also involved in Kenya's first green music festival, titled Blankets & Wine presents Seal the Deal! The event aimed to help raise environmental awareness on the road to an effective global agreement on climate change in Copenhagen this December. The audience and performers at the music festival made their voices heard by signing the online Climate Petition to encourage their leaders to seal a fair, balanced and effective climate deal when they meet in Copenhagen this December.