Botswana on Wednesday marked a belated World Environment Day with a commitment to exploring sustainable alternatives for plastic bags in the Southern African country.
During the commemoration ceremony at Jwaneng village, Deputy Permanent Secretary in Botswana’s Ministry of Environment, Natural Resources Conversation and Tourism, Thabang Botshoma said Botswana is committed to environmental conservation.
World Environment Day is usually commemorated on June 5.
“Governments, industries, communities and individuals are urged to come together and explore sustainable alternatives and urgently reduce the production and excessive use of single-use plastic bags that pollute the environment and threaten human health,” he said.
Botshoma said plastic waste erodes the aesthetic value of the country’s environment and can deter tourists especially in areas of attraction such as national parks, hence negatively affecting the inflow of revenues into the national coffers.
This, and in addition to what plastic can do to the livestock, can in turn affect the livelihoods of the people, said Botshoma.
A week ago, Botswana kick started a nationwide consultations with stakeholders regarding the forthcoming ban on plastic carrier and flat bags in Francistown, country’s second largest city.
The ban is expected to be implemented on Nov. 1. Enditem