Soil erosion, flash floods in the rainy season, overflowing drains, contaminated water supplies and outbreaks of disease – a cycle of events which recur with dreary regularity on the fringes of swelling towns in the developing world. Deborah Kingsland’s straightforward programme showcases the work of the Green Towns environmental videos in Kenya which have a dual purpose: to illustrate how people can work together to solve local problems, and to catalyse more group discussion and participation. In towns like Nyeri, the municipal council has collaborated with local volunteers to build drainage systems and plant trees for shade. Local groups were set up and invited to attend workshops in Kisii. After watching the videos, the various groups shared their ideas, and then went home to put them into practice.
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