Let's stop #DirtyKenya from being one of the filthiest countries in the world!
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Clean Up Kenya is an environmental project that was started in July 2015 to draw attention to Kenya’s public sanitation crisis and to empower the dream of a litter-free Kenya through education, collaborations and fostering of policy Interventions. We need your help to stop Kenya from being among the filthiest nations in the world.
In July 2015, we started an online campaign against littering and illegal dumping in Kenya. Since then, our message has reached over 10 million people online, led to the creation of over 1,000,000 conversations and inspired thousands of positive actions across the country including the signature decision by the Government of Kenya to ban plastic carrier bags.
We have also managed to conduct specialized public sensitization campaigns in several Kenyan towns of Limuru, Githogoro, Kilifi, Naivasha, Bisil, Ngong, Bulbul, Mathare, Dagoretti, Kayole, Makadara among others. These campaigns have been followed by major cleanups where thousands of volunteers and hundreds of organizations have participated. Our projects have also involved children under the age of thirteen who participate in a Clean Up Kenya sanitation clinic and football tournament which we organize after every cleanup.
We have also written to over 1000 organizations operating in Kenya asking them to join our campaign with several hundreds joining us in projects we have held across the country.
As an indication of the magnitude of our work, we were hosted in early 2017 at the United Nations Environment headquarters in Gigiri, Nairobi, where we got a chance to address dozens of UN employees. Following this visit, UN Environment and UNESCO led the larger UN family in partnering with us in the Naivasha project which came on the heels of the 2017 World Water Day. Together, the UN family sent over 150 volunteers to the project where over 1500 persons participated in cleaning seven official sites around Lake Naivasha area. A total of 34 other local organisations including Kenya Wildlife Services Training Institute and several horticultural farms also participated.
On 9th May 2017, Clean Up Kenya Founder and CEO, Mr. Betterman Simidi, at the Invitation of UN Environment Director, Eric Solheim, joined a small group of government, business community and civil society representatives from the region in having a round-table meeting with Mr. Peter Thomson, the President of the United Nations General Assembly to discuss coastal and marine pollution and the land-based activities that leads to this problem.
President Thomson noted: The time has come for communities to lead the way in becoming more environmentally and socially sustainable. It is also clear that the UN can play a crucial role in supporting cities, especially in developing countries, to move in that direction.
HERE ARE THE 5 THINGS WE NOW WANT:
- We want His Excellency the President of Kenya, Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta, to declare littering and illegal dumping a national crisis.
- We want the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources and the state agency mandated with waste management, National Environmental Management Authority (NEMA), to immediately start planning for a National Waste Management Conference to be held not later than twelve months from the publication of this petition. This conference should bring together several stakeholders from across the country to develop a road-map with clear timelines to get Kenya litter-free by 2020.
- We want those who have been elected as Governors across the country to immediately organize Waste Management Conferences in their counties and to also come up with a road-map to make their jurisdictions litter-free by 2020. As part of these road-maps, relocation of key dump-sites and the modern management of new ones is key.
- We want organisations operating in Kenya to start playing an important role in our campaign. This is especially for media-houses. As agents of public opinion, these organisations have a unique role in society. We call upon them to use this position to draw attention, demand action, educate and foster change. On the other hand we have many industry and market leaders in the country and they owe the nation a modicum of gratitude by raising their moral voice to the problem of waste management that faces the nation.
- Lastly, we want to remind every Kenyan citizen and organisation that waste management is a collective responsibility. We thus demand of you to stop littering or engaging in acts of illegal dumping. We also call upon you to promote and support public awareness for a cleaner Kenya, and, to actively participate in and support any cleanup activities organized in our communities
Please sign and share this petition to help us realize the dream of a litter-free Kenya by 2020.
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