Plastic is an increasing problem with plastic bags being among the most non re used plastics, it known to be in our streets, and homes with winds, and rains through water ways the plastic bags are washed to the ocean leading to devastation effects to marine life.
Kunduchi Mtongani is a market area just near the beach with waterways flowing to the ocean, Plastic bags are part of the ecosystem at Mtongani and with wind and rain are all washed to the beautiful Kunduchi beach, and reducing the aesthetic value of this beach.
As collaborators to the Lets Do it Movement in Tanzania AFO Identified the Kunduchi Mtongani as a point source land plastics bag pollution site.
Tanzania joined the world clean up campaign under the theme of ” Let’s do it Tanzania” which engaged 5% of the world’s population to clean up our planet and make a plan to keep it clean, this marks the largest positive civil led action in world history involving individuals, Organizations and institutions across countries.
Aqua- Farms Organization joined this historic Movement from June this Year, together with more than 30 partners, under the leadership and collaboration of Nipe Fagio, and have been able to mobilize 257 people in total,( 150 students from Urafiki primary School with their teachers, at Ubungo and 107 people of Kunduchi Mtongani during World Clean up day.
This has been successfully achieved through several community bazaars which have been taking place at Kunduchi Mtongani, in inspiring the community to join the Movement.We have successfully been able to work with different stakeholders from local government, and entities such as Tanzania Dail Babfor, Fisheries Development and Environmental conservation (FIDEC), Kunduchi Mtongani Community including Jordan Secondary School and committed Volunteers.
Together we collected
- 112 sacks of waste,
- that weighed 2 tonnes,
- Leading products being plastic bag materials.
Plastic have polymers that may contain chemical additives and contaminants, including some known endocrine disruptors that may be harmful at extremely low concentrations for marine biota, thus posing potential risks to marine ecosystems, biodiversity and food availability.
In fact a study done by the EPA showed that more that 50% of dead turtles have plastic bags in their stomachs. The bags block their digestive tracks and the buoyancy forces them to float, making it impossible for them to dive for food-they therefore starve to death.
Moreover plastics over time breakdown to microplastics and accumulate along the food chain, with attachment of biota on these small particles of plastic are mistaken eaten by fish and other marine organisms a Joint Research Centre of the EC concluded that there is experimental evidence of negative physical/mechanical impacts from ingestion of plastic on the condition, reproductive capacity and survival of individual marine organisms and further eaten by human as we consume fish and other marine organisms.
Its more beyond wildlife, is a human problem.
Lets all end the single use plastics, recycles the wastes that we can and reuse most of the plastics, and avoid use of plastics where necessary.
By Nancy Iraba,
Lets Do it coordinator- AFO