June 5th is a day to mark the World Environment Day which has been celebrated since 1974. The day is celebrated by over 100 nations worldwide. It is a United Nations day for encouraging worldwide awareness and action to protect our environment. This year’s Theme is ‘BeatPlasticPollution.
In Kenya, the event was organized in various towns. In Ongata Rongai, residents participated in a clean up that was organized by a Residents Association. They collected litter in tonnes along Magadi road. They also sensitized the residents on the effect of Air Pollution.
In Nairobi, the county government of Nairobi City together with NEMA hosted several groups in a function which was held at Railway institute, South B. At the event, various exhibitors showcased ways they are beating pollution. On a Safaricom Booth was a device which measures the quality of air in Nairobi. Greenbelt, Coca Cola, WEEE Center, Nature Kenya, were among the exhibitors who took advantage of the day to educate the public on how to take action on air pollution. Nairobi Governor, Hon. Mbuvi, assured Nairobians of keeping the city clean and urged residents to help in managing their waste in order to keep the city clean and free from Air Pollution. 3,020 seedlings were planted at the Institute.
In Embul Bul, residents cleaned up the streets and took the change to educate each other on how to beat pollution.
The President announced the ban of single use straws and plastic bottles effective June 5th 2020. He made the announcement at a Women Deliver 2019 Summit in Canada. This is move that will see yet another ban of plastic plastics in Kenya. The first one was on single use plastic bags which came to effect in 28th August 2017.