The Relevance of the Kenyan courts in attaining sustainable development and combatting undustrial pollution

Miricho, Ivy Muthoni
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Strathmore University
Industrial pollution is a global problem which Kenya is grappling with. It causes detrimental effects to the environment and is hazardous to human health. Kenya’s progress lies in industrial development but industrialization causes environmental damage. This puts Kenya at a cross roads between advancing economic growth and development or environmental protection. Stopping industrial production altogether would affect economic growth adversely and at the same time allowing industries to pollute will cause environmental damage causing its instability. A balance between industrial development and environmental protection is necessary. Sustainable development is seen as the better solution to both and is one of Kenya’s goals to achieve both environmental protection and economic development. By curbing industrial pollution, Kenya will eventually attain sustainable development. Despite the enactment of various legislation, Kenya is still struggling with industrial pollution. Courts of law in many jurisdictions are avenues for seeking justice to those who are aggrieved or unsatisfied by other institutions. The Judiciary is a key player in environmental protection. This study aims at looking at the various laws on Kenyan courts and explores the role of the courts in solving industrial pollution. The study will also examine the relevance of the courts in combating industrial pollution and what makes it an amenable avenue for combating industrial pollution and attaining sustainable development.
Submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements of the Bachelor of Laws Degree, Strathmore University Law School
Industrial pollution, Human health, Sustainable development