The following article is from Idealist.org and was written by Angel Eduardo.
Daphine Kiconco, a teacher and environmental activist in Uganda, holds workshops for students on recycling and sustainability. “We sensitize these young children [to] the dangers of plastic pollution,” she says, “and also [think through] ways [to] recycle and upcycle plastics.”
Daphine’s workshops are sponsored by TRYBE Global, a community-based organization that she co-founded in Jinja, Uganda in 2019. Through TRYBE, Daphine hopes to mitigate the damaging effects plastic accumulation is having on Uganda. “Ours is an agricultural country,” she says, “and our produce has been decreasing in the past few years because of soil infertility, which is attributed to the poor disposal of plastics.”
Plastic pollution in Uganda
Uganda’s National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) reports that more than 39,000 tons of polythene bags and other plastic materials are improperly disposed of annually. This not only pollutes the ecosystem, but also directly affects topsoil, threatening Uganda’s agricultural industry which employs 75% of the population.
NEMA estimates that 4,700 acres of land is rendered infertile each year as a result of plastic pollution. While the numbers are alarming, Daphine hopes to push back with the help of the young people she speaks to.
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