A creative, visual storyteller and self-taught photographer born, raised and based in Nairobi, Kenya, Peter Ndung’u tells stories through his chosen medium and creative outlet of photography.  

“I have a burning passion to share the world around me through imagery and storytelling. Photography enables me to hone my craft, sharpen my eyes, pick up subtle visual nuances around me and share my stories through the world of still images.”

Lamu Island, a distinctive UNESCO protected world heritage site, a place with unique historical significance, revered for its untouched natural landscape. Peter experienced a life-changing moment on this natural wonder.

 

Peter learnt that Kenya aims to build a coal-fired thermal power plant in Lamu and will import coal from South Africa to produce around 8.8 Million MwH of power each year.  

The Lamu people are under threat. Those who depend on its many features, the splendour and simplicity of traditional life, the coral reefs and a unique species of sea turtle that nests on Lamu island, all these notable traits will be adversely affected by this coal project.

We are a country moving towards coal production while the rest of the world moves away from fossil fuels. We’re turning a blind eye to the hazardous accompaniments of health complications, killing marine life, and causing air pollution

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What’s particularly worrying about the Lamu coal project is that the Kenyan government alongside China consortium are investing $2billion into this archaic technology while China aggressively scales up its renewable energy commitments with the hope of reversing decades of environmental pollution.  

Under the Paris Agreement, Kenya committed to reducing emissions by 30% come 2030.  Emissions from this plant alone will double the country’s carbon footprint.

“It’s time to talk about these dangers,” says Peter. Those who depend on the air in Lamu, those who call the waters of the Indian Ocean their office and those who have known no other home than the island of Lamu and its environs. They matter.

Africa is most vulnerable region to climate change due to the interplay of harsh climatic conditions and fragile economies. Intense and unpredictable weather patterns affect the continent and impact the lives of millions of people.