Athletics Kenya, Senegalese Athletics Federation and CAA join efforts for climate action

Athletics Kenya, Senegalese Athletics Federation and CAA join efforts for climate action
Maxwell Nyamu of Athletics Kenya plants a tree at Diamniadio Stadium in Dakar (© Athletics Kenya)

Since August 2021 when it signed the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, Athletics Kenya in cooperation with the Stockholm Environment Institute and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) has installed four air quality sensors in the Kasarani Stadium, Nyayo Stadium, Nairobi National Park and Nakuru Athletics Club, with more to come.

As the world prepares for next month’s COP27 in Egypt, Athletics Kenya has been advocating for increased transboundary cooperation for climate action. Working with athletes who have become climate action ambassadors, the governing body continues to seize strategic opportunities to spread the message.

Since August 2021 when it signed the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, Athletics Kenya in cooperation with the Stockholm Environment Institute and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) has installed four air quality sensors in the Kasarani Stadium, Nyayo Stadium, Nairobi National Park and Nakuru Athletics Club, with more to come.

Athletics Kenya President Jackson Tuwei recently travelled to Dakar, Senegal, with Kenya’s 1992 Olympic 800m gold medallist William Tanui and Maxwell Nyamu, sustainability and communications officer. There they marked the third International Day of Clean Air for blue skies and participated in the 18th Session of the African Ministerial Conference on the Environment (AMCEN), organised by the UNEP Regional Office for Africa and the Government of Senegal under the theme 'Securing people's well-being and ensuring environmental sustainability in Africa'.

“Athletes need a good environment and clean air to train optimally and to enable them to give good performances in competitions,” said Tanui.

His local counterpart, 1988 Olympic 400m hurdles silver medallist Amadou Dia Ba, who serves as director of the African Athletics Development Centre, said: “I am ready to work with Athletics Kenya on climate action.”