Video: Hip Hop and Bicycles in Kenyan Slums Video: Hip Hop and Bicycles in Kenyan Slums
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Video: Hip Hop and Bicycles in Kenyan Slums

by Ben Jervey

February 23, 2011

Okay, so the rhymes might not score anyone a recording contract, but that hook is pretty nice. And, more importantly, the kids just won the "1 minute to save the world" video contest.

One member of the group, Dickson Oyugi, explained why they believe that personal action matters:

Most of us just sit and wait for the governments to take action about climate change
Wafalme instead think that together we can, with small actions in our daily life, make a difference. The most simple and innovative solution is coming from a group of kids in the slums of Nairobi: using bicycles instead of cars!

If the Wafalme sound sounds familiar, you might be remembering them from their "Trash Is Cash" video awhile back. To see the other submissions and winners of the "1 minute to save the world" contest, check out their site.

Hat tip to Jamie at

Ben Jervey More Info

Ben is a writer and editor covering climate change, energy, and environment, and is currently the Climate and Energy Media Fellow at Vermont Law School. He was the original Environment Editor at GOOD Magazine and his work has appeared regularly in National Geographic News, Grist, DeSmogBlog, and OnEarth. He recently worked with the non-profit Focus the Nation to publish an Energy 101 primer. When living in New York City, he wrote a book, The Big Green Apple, on how to live a lower impact life in the city. A bicycle enthusiast, Ben has ridden across the United States and through much of Europe.
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