Government and the World Wide Fund for Nature in Uganda have launched a new campaign dubbed the Re-Think Plastic Campaign.
The campaign that seeks to reduce on the heavy burden of plastic pollution on environment and human health, was launched on Tuesday, 22 in Bugolobi with the help of other stakeholders like the Scouts Association of Uganda, Ministry of Water and Environment and all government agencies.
Speaking at the launch, the minister for Works and Transport General Edward Katumba, noted that beating plastic pollution and transitioning to sustainable waste management practices, requires a strong enabling environment involving all stake holders including policy makers, informal sector and formal waste and resource management actors as well as civil society organizations.
He thanked WWF and the scouts for leading by example and mobilizing Ugandans to take positive actions towards reducing waste generation as well as encouraging recycling.
Earth Hour, organized by WWF, is a global grassroots movement uniting people to take action on environmental issues and protect the planet.
Engaging a massive mainstream community, Earth Hour was famously started as a lights out event in Sydney, Australia in 2007.
Since then, it has grown to engage millions of supporters in more than 185 countries and territories, inspiring individuals and organizations worldwide to take action for the environment, and driving major legislative changes by harnessing the power of the crowd.
As the movement grows, the one-hour lights out event continues to be the symbol of a broader commitment toward nature and our planet.
This year, the focus is on addressing the plastics challenge.
Duli the WWF country director said, “Therefore, As we launch the Re-think plastics campaign today, a build up to Earth hour 2022, it is critical to focus on the importance of all water bodies – lakes, rivers, wetlands, and ultimately, the ocean that suffer from the negative impacts of both plastic, and other types of pollution.”
Earth Hour 2022 will take place on Saturday March 26, at 8:30 p.m. local time.
It is estimated that at least 600 tons of plastics are consumed every day in Uganda and most of them are disposed off irresponsibly. More than half of these are used and disposed of in and around Kampala and at least 51% of plastic garbage in the city is left uncollected.
Plastic waste is the major cause of clogging sewage systems in the city and partly explains the flooding in urban centres during rainy seasons. At the same time, the plastic waste ends up in wetlands, lakes and rivers.