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BY NAMULONGO PETER, NAIROBI,5TH JUNE,2018-Kenya has joined the rest of the World in marking world Environment day which is marked on 5th June every year.It is the day begun by the UN General Assembly in 1972 aiming create awareness and call to action for the protection of the environment.
Environment Cabinet Secretary Keriako Tobiko says the day will bring together governments, private sector, youth and community organisations to take stock of efforts and made to improve the environment.
“These compel us to focus on promoting sustainable efforts aimed at decreasing marine pollution, which affects biodiversity and hampers ecosystem functions and services,” he stated.
“The theme aims at raising awareness on the importance of saving the world’s seas and oceans from pollution through manmade activities that pose a danger to marine life which often mistake plastic litter for food,” he said.
According to Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko, the Nairobi County will celebrate the day by doing a clean up around and planting trees in Kikuyu Springs.
“Those who can make it to join us are most welcome. I wish to take this opportunity to appreciate our partners, some of whose names appear in the day’s poster below, for making various invaluable contributions in the preparations.”
The theme this year aims to focus on ‘beating plastic pollution’ with the slogan ‘Greening the Blue.’
According to the UNEP 80% of all pollution materials released in the waters especially seas are plastics this calls for concerted efforts in curbing the challenge.