MicroPlastics are tiny particles which have potential to associate with both natural and human induced toxic compounds as well as pathogens thereby serving as vector for health related diseases.’’ Mayoma

Interview with Mr. Bahati Mayoma, Tanzanian researcher specializing in Aquatic Ecology and Pollution Management. During the Flipflopi Lake Victoria Expedition in March 2021, Mr. Bahati was investigating the extent of micro plastic pollution in the lake.

Bahati Mayoma holding a Van Dorn microplastic water sampler in Lake Victoria, March 2021

How widespread is micro plastic pollution?

Microplastic pollution is spread in all environmental compartments which include water, sediment, air and land.

Is micro plastic pollution a public health concern, and should we be worried?

According to a study by the World Economic Forum, by 2050 our oceans will contain more plastic than fish, that’s worrying! There is increased global uproar to find a solution to this menace. Polymateria, a British Materials company is developing a plastic product that can naturally degrade in a process they call #Biotransformation.

My Interview with Niall Dunne C.E.O Polymateria Ltd

How is Polymateria thinking differently about the issue of plastic pollution?

By embracing reduction, reuse and recycling but adding a 4th “R”, which is redesigning of the materials at the point of manufacture, and in doing so targeting the…

Sprite soda drink bottle littered on the ground. Photo Cleanup Kenya

What is greenwashing?

Greenwashing can simply be defined as a form of misleading marketing spin often employed by corporations whose actions may be interpreted to be environmental crimes. Those who engage in greenwashing often act on their own or in collusion with private individuals, other organisations, and even governments, non-governmental organisations and multilateral organizations. The purpose of greenwashing is to influence the public into believing that an organization actions on the planet are environmentally sound. Jay Westerveld is often credited with the invention of this term back in 1986.

Some of the leading corporations that have been accused of greenwashing include Chevron, British…

Dave Ojay, H.E. HON. Cyprian Otieno Awiti, Rahmina Paulette, H.E. Prof. Peter Anyang’ Nyong’o and Julius Court DHC from the UK. © UMBER Studio the Flipflopi Projec

The 4th of March 2021 marked the official launch of the Flipflopi Lake Victoria expedition, from Kisumu County, Kenya.

With the agenda defined and led by Kisumu County Government, the community of Dunga Beach hosted the Flipflopi dhow to set the stage for the official launch ceremony. It brought together Kenyan County Governors, multiple CECs of water and the environment, UNEP’s Director and Regional Representative, UK’s Deputy High Commissioner amongst many other influential statesmen.

The backdrop for the event at the Dunga Fishing Beach roundabout was a huge recycled plastic sculpture of a Nile Perch stuffed with ‘takataka’. …

As the summer winds down, much of western Lake Victoria stinks. Green algae float on the surface, emitting a pungent smell, akin to smell from rotting fish.

The scum is not just unpleasant. It is dangerous as evidenced by a sudden upsurge of dead fish floating in Africa’s largest freshwater lake.

Photo Jean-François Humbert

Harmful algae blooms are a health hazard in all East Africa countries that host the lake.

The lake is among the fresh water lakes in the world, and exceeded in size only by Lake Superior in North America and therefore due to its freshness, it is uniquely vulnerable to…

Kenya has enough plastic waste already and we cannot therefore cope with more from USA or any other western country. It’s only right that every country should manage and be responsible for the waste it generates and not scheme to dump it especially in developing countries that are struggling with solid waste problems. If plastic cannot be recycled in America, there’s definitely no way it will be recycled here in Kenya! The narrative that most plastic can be recycled is itself a lie perpetuated by petrochemical industries so that they can keep profiting from unsustainable single-use plastic that is wrecking havoc in our environment.

If USA wants to help us, it should stay with its plastic waste.

We are not a dumping ground!

#LessPlastic #rethinkplastics #beatplasticpollution

A man is seen standing on garbage in Nairobi’s Dandora Dumping site.

MY INTERVIEW WITH canarias3puntocero

Hace cinco años, el fotoperiodista keniano James Wakibia lanzó una campaña en redes sociales para visibilizar y concienciar sobre los efectos del uso de plásticos en Nakuru, su pueblo natal. “No me sentía bien viviendo en un entorno que se ahogaba en desechos de plástico. Sentía que tenía el deber de denunciar la contaminación medioambiental”, cuenta a Canarias3puntocero. Las imágenes pronto llegaron a ojos del Gobierno estatal, que dos años más tarde aprobó la prohibición de bolsas de plástico de un solo uso en el país. …

My Interview with Fair Planet

Each year an estimated 30 million tonnes of plastic is dumped on land and about 50 million burned in open space. This has been attributed to the high rate of plastic production as a result of single use plastics and a “throw away” culture among consumers.

Only a mere nine percent of all discarded plastic is recycled. Researchers now say that approximately 1.3 billion tonnes of plastic will be in our oceans and dumped on land by 2040, if we do not do something about it.

Pastor Isaack Isumael holds plastic bottles he removed from Ruaka River in Nairobi on 24th August 2020 during a cleanup drive. Photo/ James Wakibia

James Wakibia, a Kenyan photographer and environmental activist is doing something about it. Disturbed…

Plastic waste keeps increasing in our oceans, beaches & creeks- basically everywhere. It pains me every time I go to the beach and see it littered with loads of plastic; all labelled recyclable. We can collect this trash but for how long! Somethings can be hard to do over and over. We need to change!

Niven Reddy, Africa Regional/Coordinator GAIA holds a plastic wrapper during a cleanup and plastic audit exercise in Mombasa Kenya, Photo James Wakibia, Wethank Media

We are so informed and therefore very knowledgeable about the state of our environment and everything else, you know, but it beats me why we are so careless that we don’t care about this place we call home. We know this problem is affecting us but we seem quite comfortable with it, why are we like this.

If a new report that by 2040 plastic waste would triple in the ocean if nothing is done is anything to go by, we should concerned if not worried.

Take action today, reduce plastic pollution.

Ni zaidi ya miaka mitatu tangu Kenya ilipopiga marufuku matumizi ya baadhi ya mifuko ya plastiki kwenye jitihada za kutunza mazingira. Ni jambo ambalo limeifanya Kenya kujizolea sifa kocho kocho kote ulimwenguni.

FlipFlopi boat as it made its maiden sail from Lamu to Zanzibar. Photo by James Wakibia/Wethank Media

Sote tunajivunia hatua hii. Na ingawa tumeshuhudia mabadiliko mengi na mazuri kimazingira, kuna hatua zaidi ambazo zinapaswa kuchukuliwa ili kuboresha hatua hizi, kwa kuwa tumeendelea kuona uchafuzi kutokana na aina zingine za plaskiti kama chupa za maji, mirija, mifuko na nyinginezo; plastiki ambazo zinatumika mara moja tu.

Ni jambo la busara kwa Kenya kupiga marufuku aina fulani za plastiki katika maeneo yaliyohifadhiwa. Hata hivyo, tusisahau kuwa wakati mwingi…

James Wakibia

Photojournalist and Environmental Activist- Now creating awareness on plastic pollution & advocating for plastic regulations.

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