The Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF) is raising awareness on plastic waste pollution reduction thereby encouraging a revolutionized lifestyle in Nigeria. This is being done in commemoration of the World Environment Day (WED) 2018.
WED is an environmental awareness programme aimed at promoting environmental education, ingenuity, teamwork and general environmental friendliness among children and youths. The theme for this year is Beat Plastic Pollution. WED is used to produce environmental literate students and youths who are willing and capable of taking positive environmental actions. The event has over many years produced students and youths who are knowledgeable about their environment, having right attitude to the situation, commitment and skill to work individually and collectively towards solutions of current problems and the prevention of new ones.
Plastic pollution involves the accumulation of plastic products in the environment that adversely affects wildlife, wildlife habitat, and humans; hence the theme urges all stakeholders – producers and consumers as well as policy makers to jointly explore sustainable alternatives and urgently reduce the production and excessive use of single-use plastics polluting our oceans, damaging marine life and threatening human health.
According to the World Bank, the generation of solid waste is tied to population, income and urbanization. Although official data indicates that Lagos currently generates 13,000 tonnes/day – a figure which many stakeholders consider to be grossly understated – projections for the coming decades suggests a percent increase. United Nation Environment Programme reports that 80% of litters are plastics, that they may constitute more of foreign materials in the sea than marine mammals by year 2050, leading overtime to the obliteration of sea life, this will alter the ecosystem and human race negatively.
Most of the plastic waste generated comes from deliberate dumping of garbage into waterways and mismanaged waste disposal. More than 50% of plastic waste generated comes from inadequate management due to lack or infrastructure associated with an ever-increasing population.
This disposal of plastic waste needs to be handled with urgency because everyone has a critical role to play in mitigating the issue at the household, national, regional and global levels.
Meanwhile, NCF has commenced an advocacy to promote proper waste disposal in Eti-Osa LGA consequently, the organization has engaged 17 communities and schools within these communities on proper waste disposal as an organization concerned about the wellbeing of people and the environment which they depend on.
In commemoration of the 2018 WED, NCF plans celebrating the event in form of an inter-school competition. There would be arts/crafts exhibition where students’ groups will showcase art works/crafts made with plastics, thereby showcasing their talents and creative instincts.