Section 73 of the Constitution of Zimbabwe recognizes that every person has the right to an environment that is not harmful to their health or well being. The environment has to also be protected for the benefit of present and future generations by preventing pollution and ecological degradation, promoting conservation and securing ecologically sustainable development and use of natural resources while promoting economic and social development. Therefore, Women and Law in Southern Africa (WLSA) – Zimbabwe joins the rest of the world in commemorating the world Environment Day with the theme for 2018 being “Beat Plastic Pollution”. Heavy use of plastic results in a heavy burden of plastic pollution on our natural places our wildlife and is also a great threat and risk to our own health.
WLSA recognizes the need to have a clean and conducive environment. Therefore, supported by We Effect Zimbabwe WLSA is conducting projects which are environmentally friendly through empowerment circle groups set up in Chitungwiza, Epworth and Hopley. These groups are beating plastic pollution by recycling plastic wares to make usable products such as handbags. They use plastic from potato crisps to make beautiful artifacts and their motto being “Your litter is my money! “
WLSA Zimbabwe encourages the whole nation to rethink on the use and production of disposable plastic which results in severe plastic pollution and come up with better, more environmentally friendly substitutes for plastic. For everyone to take responsibility in maintaining a healthy and friendly environment.
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Using the Law to make the Nation environmentally friendly