Eliud Kipchoge Schools World Leaders at International Conference

  • Marathoner Eliud Kipchoge (left), President Uhuru Kenyatta (center) and his Tanzanian counterpart Suluhu Hassan at Glasgow Conference in Scotland on Tuesday, November 2, 2021.
    Marathoner Eliud Kipchoge (left), President Uhuru Kenyatta (center) and his Tanzanian counterpart Suluhu Hassan at Glasgow Conference in Scotland on Tuesday, November 2, 2021.
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  • Legendary marathoner, Eliud Kipchoge, has offered potential solutions to world leaders on how to go about climate change issues.

    Speaking on the sidelines at the Climate Change Conference in Glasgow, Scotland, on Tuesday, November 2, the record-breaking athlete noted that leaders could learn a thing or two from athletes.

    He explained that during training, athletes are often challenged to think big and work in teams in order to achieve their set targets.

    "I am at COP26 to support and urge the whole world to reason together in order to change and work on climate change. Also to give out my knowledge on how to run fast and how they can run fast to change the climate.

    Marathon runner Eliud Kipchoge at the launch of his foundation
    Marathon runner Eliud Kipchoge at the launch of his foundation
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    "First, they should learn that sports is about teamwork and all the leaders should have real teamwork in order for us to move on. Secondly, they should dare to think and love innovation. We are using technology and they can too in order to manage climate change and other things," he explained.

    When asked if Kenya, his mother country, was experiencing the effects of extreme climate, he noted that the weather had been hitting unprecedented levels and leaving ruins in its wake.

    "For me and the whole of Kenya are experiencing climate change. We live on the equator so we don't experience extreme winter or summer but for now, we receive a lot of rain that destroys crops or sometimes it is extremely dry," he added.

    His statement comes even as President Uhuru Kenyatta lauded the country for making steps towards clean energy for its population.

    The Head of State exhalted Kenya's clean energy projects that have kept the country ahead of its peers, including hosting Lake Turkana Wind Power (LTWP), the largest of its kind in Sub-Saharan Africa.

    Since he took over office, he explained that access to electricity has also grown from 30 per cent to 75 per cent countrywide, easing pressure on forest dependency for cooking sources.

    "We in Kenya have made significant progress in advancing access to affordable and clean energy for all. In this regard, we have increased access to electricity from below 30 per cent in 2013 to 75 per cent. We have installed the biggest wind power project in Sub-Saharan Africa and are steadily exploiting and deploying available geothermal potential currently estimated at some 10,000 megawatts to help us push our green agenda.

    "Renewable energy in Kenya currently accounts for 73 per cent of all our installed power generation capacity while 90 per cent of all the electricity we use is from clean sources. We are on course of achieving our target of 100 per cent use of clean energy by 2030," he stated.

    World leaders are currently attending the three-day event that kicked off on Monday, November 1.

    President Uhuru Kenyatta poses for a photo with World Leaders in Glasgow, Scotland on Tuesday, November 2, 2021.
    President Uhuru Kenyatta poses for a photo with World Leaders in Glasgow, Scotland on Tuesday, November 2, 2021.
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