Let’s Do it Ghana launches 2018 World Clean-up Day

BY Patience Gbeze, GNA   

Accra, Sept. 14, GNA – Let’s Do It Ghana, the
Ghana branch of Let’s Do It World, in partnership with the Norwegian Embassy,
has launched this year’s World Clean-up Day, scheduled for tomorrow, September
15, at locations across the country.

Let’s Do It World is an international movement
tackling environmental and social problems related to mismanaged solid waste.

Mrs Kate Opoku, the Country Leader, said as an
environmental organisation, it had aims of promoting clean and waste-free
Ghana.

She said the day, set aside by Let’s Do It
World, intended to get 150 countries, including Ghana, on board to raise
awareness on good sanitation and the need to clean their respective countries
using the citizens.

She said the Ghana branch was mobilising volunteers
across the 10 regions to participate in the World Clean-up Day.

The movement had developed a World Clean-up
Mobile Application that maps out all thrash points, which will help provide a
reliable data on waste in the country.

Mrs Opoku said Ghana was one of the fast
growing countries in the world, however, it continued to struggle to achieve
its sanitation agenda and stressed the need to sensitise the public to keep
their environment clean.

She noted that about 12,710 tonnes of wastes
are generated daily in Ghana and it is estimated to go up to 25,000 metric
tonnes within the next three years.

Accra alone generated 3,000 tonnes of waste
daily out of which only 2,200 was collected leaving a deficit of 800 every day,
she said, and called on the media to educate, sensitise and influence the
citizenry to change their attitude towards waste to achieve the sanitation
goals.

“If people start seeing waste as resource that
they could exchange for income and also recycle for other products, that will
stop the insanitary conditions in the country,” she said.

“We are going directly to the people and
educate them to understand the situation to change their attitude.”

Mr Gunnar Holm, the Norwegian Ambassador to
Ghana, said the education must start from the family to instil cleanliness in
the children at their tender ages so as to grow up observing good sanitation
practices.

He said most of the plastic wastes in the
ocean were not being produced by the oceans but through human activities,
adding; “Keeping our oceans clean is key to humankind and such changes must
come from the individual”.

Mr Holm said some years back Norway was
engulfed with sanitation problems but the big campaign in the 60s had changed
the trend and commended Let’s Do it Ghana for its vision and efforts to start
the campaign.

”The Sanitation situation is one issue that no
one can go against,” he said, and urged the organisers to engage the Government
and its agencies to support their efforts.

“You need to engage research institutions to
find out alternative to bio degradable products,” he added.

The Ghana Clean-up exercise will run
concurrently in all mapped up locations across the country.

GNA

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