Plastic or Paper? No choice in Rwanda.
Thought for the day…”Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit; Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.”
” Better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to speak and remove all doubt.”
It is estimated that at least 1 TRILLION plastic bags are used each year, and that China alone uses more than 3 billion everyday (3 per person). If you consider that it takes around 1000 years for a non-biodegradeable bag to completely disappear, then it is bad news for the environment. The bad news goes further, many of these bags end up in the sea, creating even more problems. One big surprise (but a good one) is that Rwanda banned plastic bags completely, no manufacturing, importing or selling of plastic bags. And the results of this are VERY easy to see when you travel around the country. The Rwandans decided that charging for plastic bags in shops was not an option, as the bags would still be dumped around the countryside, so there would still be a problem. Medical use is one of the few exceptions in Rwanda. The results of the plastic bag ban are very clear to see when you visit the country, is is surprisingly clean. Rwanda also has a monthly community cleaning morning, called “Umuganda”. This is compulsory for every citizen aged between 18 and 65 who is able to work. On the last Saturday of every month, citizens carry out public works to clean and tidy the country. Things like cutting hedges, mowing grass and clearing paths to keep the country clean and tidy. Tourists often are surprised that Rwanda is so clean, and the frequently-heard comment is that Kigali is the cleanest capital that they have been in. Some other cities around the world are following this idea of banning plastic bags, but the Rwandans have shown that it can be done and that it works. Full marks to them !!!
Copenhagen for the photo today, and a cruise ship competes with apartment blocks for the views.
and another photo from the archives…..Caribbean sunset in Marigot Bay, St. Lucia…..
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