Every person should have the opportunity to live in a clean and healthy environment. However, the degradation of the environment and threats posed by climate change impact on this fundamental right.
Until recently, an estimated 100 million plastic bags were handed out every year by supermarkets in Kenya, many of which ended up polluting roadsides, or piling up in lakes and poorly managed dumpsites. This inspired civil society, the private sector and activists such as James Wakibia to act. Their movement helped form Kenya’s nationwide ban on single-use plastic bags which serves to help curb plastic pollution, one of the most comprehensive plastic bag bans in the world.
While the plastic bag ban is a step towards helping build a pollution free Kenya, there is still more to be done.
Recycling can play a huge role in reducing pollution. There are many benefits to recycling — cleaner environments, greater sustainability of landfills, and collection opportunities for waste pickers who make a living from reclaiming a fraction of recyclables.
But it all starts with knowledge. Take this quiz to find out how Kenya is fighting plastic pollution and what role you can play in preserving the planet.