The global theme for this year’s World Environment Day (WED) is “Beat Plastic Pollution” where governments, industry, communities as well as individuals are encouraged to come together and explore sustainable alternatives and urgently reduce the production and access use of single-use plastic polluting oceans, damaging marine life and threatening human health. The slogan for this year’s event is “Greening the Blue”. The event was held at Kwale Baraza Park in Kwale County.
The Deputy President Mr. William Ruto officiated the event. He directed the Ministry of Environment and Forestry to initiate monthly cleanup exercises in all counties in order to reduce pollution and enhance aesthetic value of the environment.
He added that an annual national cleanup day will be established to take place every September and appealed to all Kenyans to embrace alternative carrier bags following a government ban on plastics last year. Plastics have been the main pollutant of the environment in the country clogging drainages, killing livestock and threatening the entire ecosystem.
The celebrations were attended by the Environment and Forestry Principal Secretary Mr. Charles Sunkuli, Kwale Governor Mr. Salim Mvurya, NEMA Chairman Mr. John Konchellah and NEMA Director General Prof. Geoffrey Wahungu among a host of other guests including Kwale Governor, MPs from the Coast Region and MCAs.
Cabinet Secretary Keriako Tobiko planting tree at Kwale