(LWI) – Maro Maua wanted to draw attention to the ongoing climate crisis and the impacts of climate change and environmental degradation. He found a way of combining a modern lifestyle with a climate awareness in his hometown of Mombasa, Kenya. Partnering with a local fitness club, his “wake-up call for climate change” took shape as a climate duathlon, combining a cycle tour with a beach clean-up.
Maua is a volunteer at the youth department of the Kenya Evangelical Lutheran Church and was a member of The Lutheran World Federation’s (LWF) delegation to the UN Climate Change Conference COP26 in Glasgow, Scotland, last year. “We are racing against time to keep global warming within the 1.5-degree goal,” Maua said.
Inspired and encouraged by this international experience, Maua decided to “deliver a message of hope packaged in practical action” at the local level. The idea was to raise awareness for shifting to a “cleaner mode of transport” to reduce emissions.