My name is Kevin Ochieng. I will be graduating in July, 2010 from Kenyatta University with a Bachelor in Environmental Planning and Management.
I was born on 18th November, 1986, and raised in rural Kenya before I moved to the urban areas at 11. When I came to the urban environment, I realized that the rates of pollution are undermining healthy livelihoods in the cities. I then got an interest in environmental issues, and choosing a career in the environmental discourse was a natural for me.
I have interned at Kenya's Ministry of Environment where I mainly worked on environmental education, National Environment Management Authority where I mainly worked on environmental impact assessments and audits and the Ministry of Local government where I mainly worked on slum upgrading project.
I have also been the leader of my University's environmental Club from my first year where I worked on several projects, especially environmental education in high schools. As a youth leader in the university, I worked with my colleagues to form the Inter-varsity Environment Network through which I have been involved in UNEP's initiative on Mainstreaming Environment and Sustainability in African Universities. We also formed the Africa Youth Initiative on Climate Change after UNFCCC COP12 in Nairobi as a vehicle to ensure the voice of the African youth is represented in the UNFCCC process. The platform has been a success so far, with a record representation of more than 30 African youths in UFCCC COP15.
I was also involved in last year's SEAL-THE-DEAL campaign towards COP15.
I am also involved with the International Youth Climate Movement, which is the official youth constituency to the UNFCCC secretariat.
My dream is for a world that would respect both intergenerational and intra-generational fairness and equity in advancing the development agenda.