Non-biodegradable waste; and its devastating effectsto the Kenyan water ecosystems

According to the Green Belt Movement, over 24 millionplastic bags are used monthly in Kenya,half of which end up in the solid waste mainstreamand into Kenyan water bodies. Imagine thatkind of number in the oceans, monthly ! Plastics havebeen the major non-biodegradable wastematerials present in Kenyan oceans and rivers. Thesewastes have posed a colossal threat to thegovernment and to the locals concerning their management.

Plastic bottles afloat the Ocean

Plastic pollution in the Indian Ocean, for example,has a direct deadly effect to the sealife whichhabitate in it. Thousands of seafish and other marinemammals are killed after ingestion ofplastic bags and cans found in the Indian Ocean. Someget tangled between the plastic bags andthus suffocate and die. Afterwards many of this fishare seen afloat on water.

Plastic pollution have degraded and corroded our water bodies. The once beautiful rivers whichwere tourist attractions are now filled with heap upon heaps of plastic waste. River Yala, in myhometown Kakamega is a good example. In 2010, it wasa fine haven for recreation but now in2021, it’s beauty is gone, all because of the manyplastic bags which waft over its surface. Atthis rate, it’s existence may cease.

River Yala’s beauty which unless protected, may becomea memory of the past only

Organisational conferences such as The SustainableBlue Economy Conferences have howeverbeen at the frontline to help fight plastic and non-biodegradablewaste pollution in Kenya’s waterecosystems. The mantle should not be left on themonly. The national government shouldknuckle down with counties which host water ecosystemsand come together to fight the common enemy, plastic pollution. The government should also institute a national day tochampion against all forms of environmental pollutionin the country.

In order to win the fight against pollution, all Kenyancitizens must come out and participate inenvironmental conservation. By doing this we shallovercome the huge fear posed to us by thegross pollution in our water ecosystems.

 

Image creditsPxFuel:https://www.pxfuel.com/en/search?q=plastic+bottlesWikimedia Foundation:https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:YalaRiver.JPG

 

BY John Gitahi Ngururi

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