Srm Goes To Kenya

Sustainability "Train-The-Teacher" Workshops in Kenya

What is it about?

Sustainability is not a final state! Sustainability in its essence is not a noun, it is an active verb!

SRMies (Sustainable Resource Management students) must not be ready
to take the lead in the far away future, but in the "future" that is now, today.


4 universities - TU München, TU Dortmund, PWANI University in Kilifi, Jomo Kenyatta University in Voi - are cooperating
to foster the knowledge about sustainability in Kenya. Beginning on the August 17 four weeks of intensive workshops
will be taking place, where prarticipants will be hearing, learning, discussing and creating ways of understanding and
implementing sustainable management practices in various resource fields.
The aim of the project is to establish a better understanding of the sustainability concept in various spheres of life
with the implication of Kenya. Key message of the workshops is that sustainability means decisions where social,
environmental and economical considerations go hand-in-hand
- sustainability for Kenyan society is a practical consideration
not a marketing trick!
Furthermore, eager project team members hope to encourage the Kenyan universities to start a sustainable resource
management course themselves.
The workshops are open to 30 participants from both Kenyan universities.


The workshops will be lead by a team of four MSc Sustainable Resource Management students from TU Munich. Meet them here:


Lu Kronthaler is good at fixing things, especially if these things have something to do with engines.
He has a Diploma in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Applied Sciences München.
Lu copes with complex formulas as well as with multilayer concepts.
In the current project he is doing workshops in sustainable economics, consumerism, renewable energy and product life cycle.
"Sustainable resource management is not painting everything green or campaigning against
cutting down rain forests. It is way more than just nature- it is all these complex systems
that are in our societies, that drive the change or empower stagnation. Before we demand
one and forbid the other it is vital to understand how things are linked and what are the
driving forces!"


Therese Hertel loves a multi-cultural environment.
Her previous studies in Univeristy of Kassel finished with BA in African Sciences.
In the current project her main fields of work are cross-cultural communication, biodiversity, sustainable tourism and environmental education.
"Western society tends to rationalize everything- there must be a logically explained reason
for everything! Too often culture is forgotten when trying to achieve something in a society.
Spiritualism is still vital in many societies and it tends to be stronger than any other rational


Wolfgang Fegg is the Ranger.
He has a Diploma as Forester from FH Weihenstephan and in fact, at the moment he is a ranger in Berchtesgaden National Park.
In the current project he concentrates on forestry, national park management, waste and water recycling.
"For humans there are the natural dimensions where it feels itself good- jogging speed to notice
everything around him, forest height what is the highest what humans can guess quite good and
rooms as big as approximately 20 square meters. Today majority of people spend most of their
time exeeding that all- driving cars, being in high buildings and huge rooms- artificial environment.
Offering them a chance to visit nature means nowadays protecting nature from the people.
National parks have therefore two crucial tasks- keeping the nature alive and showing the
nature to people."


Eveli Soode is good at project management, reading and writing papers.
Her previous degree is BA in Public Administration from TU Tallinn, Estonia.
In the current project she is conducting workshops in limits to growth, triple bottom line, cradle-to-cradle and sustainable agriculture.
"There is no time to continue ever-lasting political discussions about slight changes in regulations that
should guide us to a better use of resources and reducing pollution, we need courageous decisions already
today. There are at least two success stories- stopping ozone layer depleation and inventing cap&trade system-
both at the time they started sounded too much, too expensive and definitely rejectable by the society
and economy but they have been successful. Now it is time for new brave thinking- realizing that we are
not in financial crisis, we are in a very complex crisis which threatens not our money but life on planet Earth.
But it is too late to be depressed, it is time to act!"


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