Climate change is now affecting every country on every continent. It is disrupting national economies and affecting lives, costing people, communities and countries dearly today and even more tomorrow.
Weather patterns are changing, sea levels are rising, weather events are becoming more extreme and greenhouse gas emissions are now at their highest levels in history.
Without action, the world’s average surface temperature is likely to surpass 3 degrees centigrade this century. The poorest and most vulnerable people are being affected the most.
Affordable, scalable solutions are now available to enable countries to leapfrog to cleaner, more resilient economies.
The pace of change is quickening as more people are turning to renewable energy and a range of other measures that will reduce emissions and increase adaptation efforts. Climate change, however, is a global challenge that does not respect national borders.
It is an issue that requires solutions that need to be coordinated at the international level to help developing countries move toward a low-carbon economy.
To strengthen the global response to the threat of climate change, countries adopted the Paris Agreement at the COP21 in Paris, which went into force in November of 2016.
In the agreement, all countries agreed to work to limit global temperature rise to well below 2 degrees centigrade. As of April 2018, 175 parties had ratified the Paris Agreement and 10 developing countries had submitted their first iteration of their national adaptation plans for responding to climate change.
To support this noble course, brains behind the launch of Eldoret City Marathon have committed the sporting event to run under the theme of climate action.
To this far, the event is intended to be used as a milestone gesture towards enhanced mitigation of climate change while striving to increase the county tree cover to 15% that currently stands at 7.6%.
Eldoret City Marathon will play great part in this climate change effort.in collaboration with the County Government of Uasin Gishu and other key stakeholders.
To achieve tremendous success in this front, Eldoret City Marathon seeks to embrace multi- spectral approach to carry out tree planting program at the identified areas.
The earmarked areas are as follows.
1. State Managed Forests.
2. Soy County Government Land.
3. Private farms (Small & Large Scale Farms).
4. Public Institutions. 5. Riparian areas.
6. Eldoret arboretum & other recreational parks.
7. Urban Planting (towns and cities).
8. Road reserves and avenue planting.
In order to meet the set targets, a total of 20Million seedlings will be required to plant approximately 12,500Ha.
Before then, various build up activities will be carried out prior to the onset of the rains to sensitize the public.
The of Eldoret City Marathon will spearhead the initiative to raise funds towards “giving life to the champions” by providing clean water for the people of the North Region.
The participants will reach out and, among other things, purchase water tanks and plant trees to ensure that the North Rift Population has safe and clean drinking water.
During the ﬁrst inaugural marathon, there was a tree planting exercise which saw seedlings amounting to 50,000 plus planted in Uasin Gishu and its environs. Eldoret Golf Club, Eldoret Sports Club just to mention but a few areas that beneﬁted from the event initiative