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WNRCRT in fight against plastic pollution

Cleaning at Chigwirizano market

By Andrew Ndhlovu

The Lilongwe based Wildlife and Natural Resources Conservation and Rehabilitation Trust (WNRCRT), a Cooperation Circle of United Religious Initiatives led the youth over the weekend in a market clean-up campaign at Chigwirizano market.

The exercise was part of the annual commemoration for the World Environment Day which falls on 5th June, and this this year’s was observed under the theme “Beating plastic pollution”.

WNRCRT director of environmental conservation Emmanuel Phiri said that they thought of working with youth in Chinsapo and surrounding areas to advocate against the use of thin plastics and promote proper hygiene and sanitation in the targeted market place.

“We are trying to encourage the youth’s participation in taking the leading role to care for their own environment, and as you have heard, the theme of this year World Environmental day is beating plastic pollution and we therefore send our message to the general public to stop using thin plastics as they cause great damage to our environment ” Phiri said.

Chigwirizano market committee Secretary, Transizio Divason said he was happy working together with youth in cleaning the market as it is in line with city councils vision to have clean and healthy business environment.

Chansapo youth displaying placards for environmental awareness

“I am very impressed with how these youth have done today to come here and support us in cleaning our market, this will send a strong message to those using the market and other areas to take good care of the environment,” Divason said.

Blessings Mukatipa one of the youth who took part in the cleaning exercise said he was happy to be one of the youth in championing Environmental conservation.

“I am very happy to be one of the people addressing the need to take care of our environment and we choose not to be leaders of tomorrow for our time to act is now” Mukatipa said.

After the cleanup exercise, an environmental marching was conducted from Chigwirizano to Chinsapo 2, displaying different messages to the public through placards advocating against plastic pollution and the need for clean and health environment for everyone. The event was conducted with financial support from United Religious Initiatives (URI).