Kibera slum, once a beautiful forest is now full of litter everywhere resulting to environmental degradation which in turn negatively affects our biodiversity; the variety of life forms at all levels of biological systems. Outbreak of diseases like typhoid, cholera and malaria and also the issues of animals succumbing to death due to feeding on dirt and plastic bags are not uncommon.
There is a shortage of; clean water or if there’s it’s manned by water curtails, designated dumpsites and what is more is that the water pipes that are available run through open sewers which posses a big threat to the safety of water.
The poor waste disposal, especially the human waste has resulted into high levels of pollution of water.
In the recent past, the National Environment Management Authority banned the use of plastics of less than 60 microns, and directed the Kenya Bureau of Standards to ensure that all plastic bags and wrappers used should be scaled up from 30 to 60 microns, in compliance with the East African Community Standard. Under the directive, the KEBS was to inspect industries and carry out surveillance and monitoring at entry ports to prevent entry of plastic below 60 microns but who knows what happened thereafter?. Plastic waste has become a major environmental concern in recent times.
It is not what we get. But who we become, what we contribute… that gives meaning to our lives.
Let’s give meaning to our biodiversity for that’s the only surest way of giving meaning to our lives.
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