Press statement in support of the plastic ban in Kenya

August 29, 2017

The Green Belt Movement’s Mottainai campaign, initiated by Professor Wangari Maathai, has been advocating against plastic waste through the three R’s – Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. To instill this value among our tree nursery groups and rural communities, we have been raising awareness through community training on the environmental and health impacts of plastics.

GBM’s award-wining approach to environmental conservation, community empowerment and livelihood improvement, that spans four decades, has laid a foundation that is solid and sound. It is on this platform that the Green Belt Movement in partnership with the Ministry of Environment and the National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) is mainstreaming waste management. Through this partnership we are sensitizing communities and different stakeholders on the 3 R’s, the effects of open burning of waste and behavioral change in relation to use of polythene bags.

Speaking at a press briefing today, our Chair-elect Mrs. Marion Kamau commended the Government, the Ministry of Environment and the 11th Parliament for passing the law on plastic ban.

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