The National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) led partners and stakeholders during the Coastal Cleanup exercise on Saturday 19th September, 2015 at Jomo Kenyatta Public Beach in Mombasa.
The Cleanup the World Day is one of the Global environmental events marked on the third Saturday of September each year guided by a theme formulated by UNEP.
The theme for this year’s event is, “Our Place, Our Planet, Our Responsibility.” The event serves to raise public awareness on the importance of hygiene and sanitation aimed at improving the quality of the environment thus preventing adverse effects to human health.
The event started with a procession from Nakumatt Nyali to Jomo Kenyatta Public Beach where the cleaning exercise began. Attendants led by NEMA, China Wu Yi, Kenya Wildlife Service and Mombasa County government among others collected the litter along the beach starting from the main entrance to the beach. At the end of the exercise, a total of 1249 kilograms of solid waste was collected.
This year’s Cleanup the World Event was marked across the country riding on the national slogan, Keep Kenya Klean (3K) as a rallying call for environmental action for the Kenyan people. The day provided a platform for the Authority to reach out to the public and educate Kenyans on the need of working together towards enhancing the quality of our environment.
Mombasa County Executive Committee Member for Water, Environment & Natural Resources, Ms. Fatma Awale was categorical that waste management should be dealt with at all levels to reduce pollution of the ocean.
She also warned hoteliers adjacent to the beaches to stop releasing sewerage to the ocean as it was a major factor responsible for the pollution. She called on all stakeholders from the County and National government to work together to ensure the ocean beaches remain clean.