Kenyan school children e-mail U.S. President on climate change

18:18, November 27, 2009      

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Pupils and students of the Senator Obama schools in Western Kenya on Friday sent their first emails using solar energy to U.S. President Barack Obama urging him to put his weight behind renewable energy in the run-up to the critical Copenhagen climate summit which is just 10 days away.

The message read: "Please President Obama do something. We just want to ask you to help other children all the over the world access solar power."

In the email, the pupils said, "Teacher Ann sees connection of climate change and the drought in Kogelo village and said that solar power is a solution to climate change. Help protect the climate, this is our future."

The students emphasized that renewable energy will help in solving the problem of climate change which is affecting Kenya and other countries.

"Some people are dying of hunger because the rains don't come like they used to, farmers experience drought and people do not have enough food to eat. We are doing our job, please do yours," they urged.

Making reference to some of the drawings of solar panels sitting at the old iron sheet roofs of their classrooms and those of Mama Sarah Obama, the grandmother of the U.S. president, the pupils informed him that hadn't it been for solar power, they would have never afforded to reach him through email.

Their counterparts at a secondary school in a separate email made a simple request asking him to use his "great office to encourage the utilization of renewable energies such as solar power".

"We want other students in communities similar to ours to be able to enjoy their education like we do here in Kogelo."

The solar power system was installed by Greenpeace Solar Generation project in August. The two schools -- Senator Obama Nyangoma Primary School and Secondary School -- are in Kogelo village, a stone's throw away from Obama's grandmother's house.

Mama Sarah also accentuated the need for solar energy saying that it "is clean, reliable and affordable, unlike paraffin that is widely used in the area".

She also got a solar-panel on her roof and is charging now mobile telephones of her young neighbours.

The ability to call on world leaders to protect the environment by such under privileged children who had never seen a computer until later this year is a reminder to world leaders ahead of the UN Climate Change summit that the world needs greener energies and this is their moment to make the breakthrough that they have promised on climate change.

Source: Xinhua
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