8 million tons of plastic waste end up in Oceans every year; if the trend continues, there would be more plastic than fish by 2050.
The Greenpeace alarm comes at a time reports have it that plastic is being dumped in the Indian Ocean and Kenyan beaches.
Greenpeace therefore urges Kenya to implement the ban on single use plastic bags.
‘’Kenyan authorities must commit to improved implementation of the ban on single-use plastic carrier bags and extend the ban to all single-use plastics. We need to envision a future where we do not accept the throwaway culture”, Greenpeace Africa Campaigner, Amos Wemanya
Plastic pollution presents a major threat to the environment, communities and livelihoods, Amos Wemanya stated.
He suggests that across Africa, plastic pollution remains a serious problem, devastating communities’ health, the environment, and the ecosystem that millions depend on for livelihood.
Plastics are entering our oceans and environments at an unprecedented rate, the Greenpeace campaigner laments.
To Greenpeace, “Big pieces of plastic choke and entangle species like whales, turtles and seabirds, whilst tiny pieces of plastic are mistaken for food – choking and poisoning marine animals. Our survival and that of the oceans depends on how bold we are prepared to act against plastic pollution”.
“Healthy oceans are essential to all life on earth. Oceans are home to many of the world’s most iconic species, absorb carbon from the atmosphere and provide the main source of protein for over one billion people”, Wemanya suggests.
However, plastic pollution is presenting a major threat to all these functions. Marine animals, birds and sea creatures are at risk. Plastic’s negative impact on the marine is huge.
‘’There has never been a more important time for the global plastics treaty that Ghana is spearheading because the impact of plastic on our oceans is undeniable. Our government needs to commit support to this treaty at the upcoming ministerial meeting in September.
‘’Only then can we truly hope that businesses will start to reimagine a model where disposable plastics are eliminated. Eliminating unnecessary and problematic plastic products and packaging such as plastic straws and single-use carrier bags, investing more in reusable and refillable systems would form a lasting solution to the plastic challenge we face today’’, Greenpeace stressed.
It is not only Kenya that needs to take firm actions towards the elimination of plastic waste in water bodies, but also countries like Cameroon where plastic is a big issue.
A report by the United Nations Environment Programme revealed 8 million tonnes of plastic waste end up in the Oceans every year.