Help Us Clean up Uganda To End Plastic Pollution
Please support us to clean up Uganda. This will help to increase awareness and inspire individuals, communities, and companies to take action to end plastic pollution.
There is increasing plastic pollution in Uganda, with more than 600 tons of plastic discarded every day. Most of these are plastic bottles. One company is producing up to 4,000,000 plastic bottles per week, the same company that promised us a world without waste. It is from here that we should question how much plastic is being produced and for what purposes.
Through our cleanup we are continuing to demand greater corporate action and responsibility to end plastic pollution, as well as expose how far plastic waste is in our environment. We have come up with an innovative way to put into use the plastic bottles that will be collected during our cleanups.
“Discarded plastic bottles filled sand can be used as building blocks”
At End Plastic Pollution Uganda, we are organizing this fundraiser to help us acquire cleaning materials and setting up community plastic waste collection centers. We will do this with our volunteers together with people communities directly affected with plastic pollution.
The Plastic Pollution Crisis in Uganda
As the production and use of plastic increases, our waste problem is growing. Through our work we have managed to expose the environmental harm caused by companies that promised us a world without waste. None of these companies producing plastics as a product or using it as packaging material has the capacity to recover it after consumption. Now, plastic waste is in our villages, towns, cities, wetlands, lakes and rivers across the country. Everywhere there is visible damage of reach by plastic waste.
Plastic pollution is affecting our agriculture, the backbone of our survival, by polluting our soils. It is polluting our water bodies, including lakes and rivers. It is a danger to our tourism, as once beautiful rivers like the Nile, Rwizi and Mpanga are flowing with plastics instead of water. Adding to the loss, the once-beautiful Lake Victoria shorelines are now covered in plastic. It is affecting our health, as much of it is burned, polluting the air we breathe. Micro plastics are in our water bodies, ingested by the fish we eat like Tilapia (Engege) and Nile Perch (Empuuta). This is made worse when plastics block drainage channels, putting people at risk of contracting diseases as a result of poor hygiene and sanitation.
Plastic polluters have left us with no option but to suffer with the burden of managing the waste they create. They have failed to collect for reusing or repurposing. Nor are they planning to reduce the amount of plastic they produce.
This makes cleaning up an effective means of raising awareness and inspiring action to end plastic pollution. We need to keep educating people about the science and impacts of plastics through promoting action. This will also be another way we call upon companies to clean up their mess and achieve their promise of a world without waste.
Our innovative reimagining of plastic waste into building blocks will help repurpose the plastic waste we collect during the cleanups. This will also help reduce large amounts of plastic from degrading in our environment (villages, towns, cities, wetlands, lakes and rivers).
· Sanitary gloves
· Sanitary boots
· Waste collection cans
· 2 Tuk Tuk Vehicles
· First Aid Kits
· Awareness materials for schools, universities and general public.
For construction of building blocks:
· Iron bars
· Iron Sheets
· Hardcore gravel stones
· Wheels barrows
· Architectural services
· Other basic construction materials
We are seeking total support of $20,000 USD
With your support, together we will build collective action to support plastic-free communities.
Your Support is Critical
Your support is highly appreciated and essential to make this project feasible. Thank you for your kindness, love and support to people of Uganda. You are now part of a community saving our environment and building a plastic-free world.
#EndPlasticPollution Campaign Team
*This fundraiser is organized by 10 Billion Strong on behalf of the #EndPlasticPollution Campaign in Uganda. 10 Billion Strong is an environmental leadership organization which works to support the next generation of environmental leaders. Were are a fiscally sponsored project of the 501(c)(3) nonprofit Empowerment Works and all contributions are tax-deductible in the U.S.
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