The survival and socio-economic well-being of Kenyans are ultimately intertwined with the environment. The population-health-environment (PHE) approach to development recognizes the interconnections between people and their environment and supports cross-sectorial collaboration and coordination. Notable drivers of environmental degradation are high rates of population growth, inappropriate technology, unsustainable consumption and production patterns, and increased incidences of poverty and climate change.
Further, urban environmental degradation, through lack of appropriate waste management and sanitation systems, industry, and transport-related pollution, adversely impact air, water, soil quality, and human health and well-being. Another major set of challenges arises from emerging global environmental concerns such as stratospheric ozone depletion and biodiversity loss. KYC engages young people in initiatives and measures to respond to key environmental issues and challenges. These include environmental conservation talks, tree planting, and advocating for a sustainable environment.