Calls to decrease plastic waste resulting in marine pollution resounded in Kwale County as Kenyans joined the rest of the globe in marking World Environmental Day.
Deputy President William Ruto who presided over the event, called on Kenyans to cultivate a cleanup culture, directing a monthly clean up day to help inculcate the habit.
Even though Kenya effected the ban on single use plastics, the menace is yet to be eradicated. According to reports, two million tonnes of plastic waste finds its way into the ocean.
Dumping results in blocked sewage and drainages which promotes flooding during heavy rains.
Deputy President Ruto underscored the need to tame plastic pollution in order to safeguard the fishing and tourism industries.
During celebrations to mark the World Environmental Day in Kwale County, Ruto reiterated the government’s commitment to protect mangrove forests along the coastline, directing that 40,000 seedlings be planted.
Environment Cabinet Secretary Keriako Tobiko called for the enactment of the Mangrove National plan to safeguard the ecosystem, sentiments echoed by Kwale Governor Salim Mvurya.
Leaders present hailed the government’s commitment to development in the region, pledging their allegiance come 2022.
The leaders also urged the coastal counterparts to embrace the new found unity in Kenya.