Glasgow, Scotland

Kenya’s Olympic Champion Eliud Kipchoge has urged to world leaders at the COP26 climate change conference in Glasgow, Scotland to do more to tackle the loss of forests globally.

Kipchoge, who was addressing Glasgow conference attendees, called upon the more than 100 global leaders to take urgent steps to reverse the fast loss of forest cover worldwide.

“It’s time to combine efforts and build resilience. It’s time to save our planet, collectively,” Kipchoge urged.

He added, “We have no seasons but we have periods that we call the long rains and the short rains. But the rains have not been there for a while now. They hardly bring any water and sometimes they flood our farm fields.”

The global marathon great challenged the global heads of state not to pay lip service to the adverse effects of global warming being felt more by developing countries especially.

“When I look at our world, I see the same metaphor as I see my career. There are western countries that are very advanced in data but who have futile moves from that initial feeling for the climate while in Africa we feel so closely,” he added.

Kipchoge spoke as the more than 100 world leaders attending the conference and representing 85 per cent of the world’s forests undertook to end deforestation by 2030.