For many years our natural environment has been neglected and abused to such high level as to cause changes in the general climatic formula. In this simple language, the party wishes to express concern over the change in rain pattern and temperatures. The high levels of pollution in our urban and rural areas, soil erosion, severe deforestation, loss of biodiversity and unplanned settlements are living examples of low concern for environmental management. Kenya’s forest cover is estimated at 1.7 percent against the international standard of 10 percent. The international percentage is fixed to assist states and governments avoid environmental degradation that can be suicidal to humankind. It is advised that forest cover be much higher than the 10 percent. A well-managed environment is a promoter of health and wealth creation in a country. It is now evident that deforestation and the abuse on the environment has resulted in increased malaria incidents in the Kenyan highlands, other causes and factors notwithstanding. Deforestation has dstroyed water catchments and caused drying of rivers and lakes. Lakes such as Nakuru, Naivasha, Elmetaita and Turkana are drying up. Droughts have become perennial disasters while every rainfall in Kenya causes unwarranted floods that rob the citizens of their lives, health and wealth.
FORD-Asili will undertake to sensitise all Kenyans to understand that our environment is indispensable ingredient for every individual’s and national health and wealth. The party will formulate environmental policies that will accelerate environmental restoration and sustainable management in all sectors of the economy. We will provide guidance, incentives, planning and regulation for sound environmental management by the public and private sector; non-governmental organizations and the general public. We will further address the following specific areas: