Youth Against Pollution clean-up campaign commences

The Youth Against Pollution organisation commenced its clean-up campaign in Windhoek on Saturday.

Speaking to this agency before the start of the clean-up, Co-Founder of the non governmental and non-profitable organisation, Kai Kleingunther explained that the campaign which is a pilot phase, aims to sensitise and educate the youth on the negative effects of single use plastic and littering in and around Namibia.

What we do is we take the programme to the schools educate the youth on the effects. We show them pictures through a slide show and then we take them to effected areas and we ask them to help us clean up the areas, he said.

Different schools and representatives of the European Union were involved in the pilot phase of clean-up campaign.

Kleinguther also urged the Namibian populace to assist with the cleaning programme and to make it a success for the country.

We would like them to come and support us by join us for the next clean ups and also to keep Namibia clean, he noted.

The group cleaned up a riverbed which runs behind the truck port and Shell service station in the Olympia Residential area.

Amongst the litter were plastic bags, cans, bottles, paper and disposed tyres of heavy duty vehicles.

Stefanie Urban, a nature conservationist student at the Namibia University of Science and Technology and also Co-Founder of the Youth Against Pollution initiative, explained that they scanned all around the capital for areas in need of cleaning.

We looked at different affected areas in Windhoek and the one we found worse affected was this river bed, she noted.

The organisation plans to have two more clean-up campaigns in Windhoek later this year.

We hope that the school children will come and help us when we have our next two clean-up campaigns and also next year when we plan to roll it out to other regions of Namibia, Urban said.

The different stakeholders involved in the campaign are the Eurpoean Union; City of Windhoek; Namibian Environment and Wildlife Society; Namibia Scientific Society.

Source: Namibia Press Agency