KAMPALA – The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF Uganda) has called for plastic-free conferences and workshops— looking to reduce plastic consumption in the country.
WWF Uganda Country Director David Duli (Pictured) called for a change of practice saying the development will not reduce plastic consumption but will also influence the way manufacturers to package their products.
“Imagine you just put jags of water and glasses which are reusable. You will completely eliminate the thousands of plastics which you would have generated in little time just by changing that,” he said adding that “the practice is already happening” in some parts of the world.
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Mr. Duli also said that communities are very responsive to things that affect them negatively and that “we just need to open their eyes” by providing practical alternatives to plastics.
He said that if there is a change of practice even the companies that are battling water will have to think twice about packaging style.
Duli was addressing journalists on Friday ahead of the much anticipated one million people march against plastics in Kampala on Thursday, February 13.
The one million people march whose aim is to reinforces the campaign on plastic pollution will bring together sustainability and environmental experts from some of the biggest companies and government —calling for practical and innovative solutions to tackle the growing plastic pollution crisis.
Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga and other key industries including packaging, food, and beverage, retail and political leaders will grace the march.
WWF Uganda Communications Officer Happy Ali said officials will also discuss the latest research, sustainable product design, new manufacturing solutions, recycling and reuse of products and raw materials, as well as the latest and next-generation bio-sourced materials and solutions to create 100% biodegradable, reusable, and compostable products.
WWF Uganda will launch the Earth Hour 2020 Campaign, a global conservation initiative started and supported by WWF in 2007 where across the world, individuals, businesses, governments, and communities are invited to turn off their nonessential lights for ‘one hour’.