Save National Park Wildlife From Railway Construction

Target: Charles Sunkuli, Principal Secretary, Ministry of Environment & Natural Resources

Goal: Don’t build railway line that threatens habitat of endangered animals in national park.

An elevated 3.7-mile railway bridge 26-131 feet tall is slated to be built across Nairobi National Park. The first phase of the Standard Gauge Railway Project –backed by China Road and Bridge Corporation and Kenya Railways–was built in May 2017, but the second phase has been met by opposition from environmental activists since 2016. Construction was halted in 2017 after a petition filed by activists demanding an environmental impact study, but contractors defied court orders and recently continued business.

Furthermore, the Kenya Wildlife Service approved the construction, claiming it would not interfere with wildlife movement significantly. This claim is not substantiated because a proper environmental impact report was never conducted. Noise, displacement, and increased animal-human interaction are only a few concerns once and if construction resumes. Cutting through the park would mean bisecting a wildlife sanctuary that is home to many species including the endangered black rhino, lions, leopards, cheetahs, hyenas, buffaloes, giraffes, and hundreds of different birds. This national park is all the more precious because it is a mere minutes away from the city center, and while small, it holds many species that would be affected by the planned bridge.

While the Standard Gauge Railway is being touted as a necessary means to connect Nairobi to its neighbors, ecological cost should not be overlooked. There are two other possible routes that do not run through Kenya’s first national park, but this one is being pursued merely because it is more cost-effective and technically feasible. Sign the petition below to urge Kenya’s Ministry of Environment & Natural Resources to save Nairobi National Park and its inhabitants from this project.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Mr. Sunkuli,

Phase two of the Standard Gauge Railway is planned to be built across Nairobi National Park, where many wildlife species live. Animals that reside here include the endangered black rhino, cheetahs, lions, leopards, and hundreds of species of birds. As you know, any major changes  to natural habitats can have profound negative effects on wildlife and the entire ecosystem. In this case, the companies behind the railway project–China Road and Bridge Corporation and Kenya Railways–failed to conduct an environmental impact study.

Construction halted in 2017, but has recently resumed despite court orders to stop until the case against the previously named companies was completed. While this project might promote development and connection to neighboring regions, it will negatively impact the park’s ecosystem. As Principal Secretary of the Ministry of Environment & Resources, you have a platform to speak out against this development and demand the responsible parties to respect environmental laws.

They should not be allowed to continue construction without presenting an environmental impact study and defying court orders. They should not be allowed to continue construction at all because there are alternative bridge routes that would not bisect the national park and harm wildlife. I thank you for your efforts and I hope that you continue to support environmental activism and wildlife protection.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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3 Comments

  1. Why is mankind so obsessed with destroying everything in its path! Endangered animals and the ecosystem are at risk!

  2. We humans must learn to coexist with nature, we dependent on it too! With so many species already in peril, why cause them anymore suffering? Let’s do the right thing!

  3. Derinda Nilsson says:

    Do you have a death wish? I don’t. I like to see mankind to take better care of are planet. That means this is a bad idea. Were slowly killing every living lifeform on this planet including are selves.

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