World Environment Day is the UN’s most important day for encouraging worldwide awareness and action for the protection of our environment. Since it began in 1974, it has grown to become a global platform for public outreach that is widely celebrated in over 100 countries.
Above all, World Environment Day is the “people’s day” for doing something to take care of the Earth. That “something” can be focused locally, nationally or globally; it can be a solo action or involve a crowd.
This year’s theme is “beat plastic pollution.” In a message, U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres urged all people to reject single-use plastic items, and warned that growing levels of plastic waste were becoming unmanageable, saying “every year, more than eight million tons end up in the oceans.”
Kenya joined the world in commemorating World Environment Day in Kwale County. Deputy President William Ruto who presided over the event, called on Kenyans to cultivate a recycling culture, directing a monthly clean up day to help inculcate the habit.
“I am pleased to announce that Kenya has made considerable progress in managing plastic. The government banned the manufacture, use and importation of plastic carrier bags and flat bags last year in efforts to curb plastic waste.
are not going to rescind this ban and I urge all corporate and industry players
as well as the people of Kenya to embrace and exploit alternative packaging
material as well as recycling and re-using to minimize waste.
There are concerted and ongoing efforts mop up plastics in our environment. Together with various stakeholders, the Government has initiated robust mechanisms including a Take back system by manufacturers, clean up exercises in various counties and increased recycling efforts.
A recycling culture is central to the sustainable end to end management of plastics in Kenya and this is why we are awarding innovations in recycling and reuse of plastics showcased today. I recognize and commend the many build-up activities already undertaken.
We will sustain and intensify our partnership with counties to drive the green agenda forward. Waste management is a devolved function. Counties need to develop and align it with the national framework contained in the Environmental Management and Coordination Act.”
H.E William Samoei Ruto-Deputy President of Kenya visited the Taka Taka ni Mali stand hosted by H.E Ann Kimemia-Nyandarua County, Chairlady Dr. Margaret Makelo, & Patron Mary Ngechu, #WorldEnvironmentDay #BeatPlasticPollution