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National Environment Management Authority

Climate warning

Why NEMA Must Uphold Environmental Laws to Protect Kenya

To the National Environment Management Authority (NEMA),
I write to you today with an urgent plea for the sake of our environment, our future, and the generations yet to come. Kenya's remarkable strides in environmental conservation, particularly the ban on plastic paper bags, are at risk of being undermined due to lax enforcement of existing policies. We implore you to take immediate action to rectify this situation and uphold the rule of law to protect the environment you have sworn to safeguard.

It was a momentous occasion when Kenya made the bold decision to ban plastic paper bags in 2017. This landmark move placed Kenya at the forefront of the global fight against plastic pollution. It sent a clear message that our nation was dedicated to protecting our beautiful landscapes, diverse wildlife, and the health of our people. However, recent developments have cast a shadow over this achievement.

The reappearance of plastic paper bags in the market is a stark reminder that environmental policies are only as effective as their enforcement. Plastic pollution poses a severe threat to our environment and has far-reaching consequences for our ecosystems, wildlife, and human health. Plastic bags, in particular, are notorious for their long-lasting impact on the environment, taking hundreds of years to degrade fully.

NEMA, as the guardian of our environment, it is your solemn responsibility to ensure the strict adherence to and enforcement of environmental regulations. We are deeply concerned by the reports of inadequate oversight and the resurgence of plastic paper bags on our streets and in our ecosystems. This negligence not only jeopardizes the progress we have made but also undermines the very principles upon which NEMA was founded.

Plastic pollution, driven by the irresponsible production and disposal of plastic materials, contributes significantly to climate change. The production of plastic generates greenhouse gas emissions, and when plastic waste accumulates in our oceans and landfills, it further exacerbates the problem. Climate change is no longer a distant threat; it is an immediate crisis with severe consequences, including extreme weather events, rising sea levels, and disruptions to agriculture and biodiversity.

By allowing plastic paper bags to return to the market, NEMA, unintentionally perhaps, contributes to climate change and puts the future of Kenya at risk. It is imperative that you take swift and decisive action to rectify this situation:

1. Strengthen Enforcement:
NEMA must collaborate with law enforcement agencies to ensure that businesses and individuals adhering to the plastic paper bag ban are penalized. This will serve as a deterrent to potential violators.

2. Raise Awareness:
Launch public awareness campaigns about the harmful impacts of plastic pollution on our environment, wildlife, and health. Encourage responsible consumer choices and promote alternatives to single-use plastics.

3. Advocate for Policy Amendments: If necessary, work with policymakers to strengthen and clarify existing environmental laws, ensuring that they are unambiguous and backed by stringent penalties for violations.

4. Collaborate with Industry: Engage with manufacturers and retailers to promote eco-friendly alternatives and sustainable packaging options, while discouraging the production and sale of plastic paper bags.

NEMA, the world is watching. Kenya's commitment to environmental protection is a source of inspiration for many nations grappling with similar challenges. We implore you to uphold the rule of law, strengthen environmental enforcement, and continue to be a beacon of hope for a greener, more sustainable future.

Inaction is no longer an option. The stakes are too high, and the consequences of failure too dire. Let us remember the oath you have taken to protect our environment and act decisively in its defense. The time to act is now, for Kenya's sake and for the sake of our planet and our future.
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  • Videlis Eddie

    39 w

    NEMA needs to be harsh and that way the environment will be well taken care of....

    • George Kariuki

      40 w

      We should hold this agencies accountable.

      • We Don't Have Time

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        Dear Munene Mugambi Your climate warning has received over 50 agrees! We have reached out to National Environment Management Authority by email and requested a response. I will keep you updated on any progress! To reach more people and increase the chance of a response, click the Share button above to share the review on your social accounts. For every new member that joins We Don't Have Time from your network, we will plant a tree and attribute it to you! /Adam, We Don't Have Time

        • Hilda Wangui

          40 w

          NEMA needs to tighten the environmental law and act harshly upon those who are dumping plastics bags

          • johnte ndeto

            40 w

            Tough laws pertaining dumping of plastics should be put in place to mitigate the same

            • Grace Njeri

              40 w

              Law is our strongest tool to protect the planet, and to empower people to defend their environment

              • Jengaj John

                40 w

                We must make sure environmental law is respected, because it's our responsibility to protect the planet.

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