Thursday, October 18, 2018

Participants march to Mama Ngina Drive to mark World Clean Up Day- 2018 (1)

The Ministry led the country in marking this years’ World Clean up Day that was held at Mama Ngina Drive in Mombasa County on Saturday 15th September.

This is a Day when volunteers from 150 countries gather to clean up mismanaged wastes from their surroundings. It is dubbed the ‘biggest civic action in human history’.  The Day also coincides with the International Coastal Cleanup (ICC) which takes place every 3rd Saturday of September. Both international events are meant to heighten awareness and action towards eliminating pollution as well as promoting a clean, healthy and sustainable environment.

The theme of this year is ‘let’s clean the world in one day’. Mombasa County Government set aside a whole week dedicated to different build up activities that included clean ups in all the sub counties, a women caucus forum that discussed the role of women in environmental management among others. The event was also marked in other counties to keep the environment safe and healthier.

The chief guest during the celebrations was the Chief Administrative Secretary Hon. Mohammed Elmi who represented Cabinet Secretary Mr. Keriako Tobiko. Mombasa County was represented by the Deputy Governor Hon. Kingi.

Hon. Elmi challenged all Kenyans to act responsibly by cleaning their surroundings noting that cleanliness is next to godliness.   He emphasized that we all have to do everything we need to do today to ensure the environment is protected. In his address, he singled out Mombasa, Nairobi and Kisumu counties to be piloted to spearhead proper waste management systems in the country.

World Clean Up day is a global campaign held annually on the third weekend of the month of September. The campaign was started in Australia in 1993 and is recognized by the United Nations.

The event was attended by the Executive Director, UN Habitat, UNEP country Programme Coordinator, Mombasa Deputy Governor, CECs, Chairman, Nema Board of Management, Director General Nema, Director Kefri, Director Climate Change Coordination and Programmes, Director Environmental Education and Awareness, senior national and county government officials among others.

Hon. Mohammed Elmi presents a certificate of appreciation to Maimuna Sharif, Executive Director,UN Habitat after a clean up exercise at Kenyatta Public Beach as prat of the activities to mark the Day.

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