Working for birds in Africa

BL Malawi campaign compels court to uphold ban on thin plastic

Date posted: 
Wednesday, July 18, 2018

WESM (BirdLife in Malawi) united universities, faith groups and community organisations in a highly successful campaign.

TV and radio appearances and a peaceful march drummed up public support © WESM

The wide use, and poor waste management, of non-biodegradable plastic bags in Malawi has recently become a major concern for government, environmental and conservation organisations, and advocates of a safe and healthy environment. Plastic bag pollution threatens the country’s ecosystems at all levels including land, river and lakes. Plastic packages have replaced natural and biodegradable materials as a cheap, quick way to package food and shopping items – leading to debates on the negative effects that their disposal could have on the environment and people’s health. Do read the full story of this fantastic campaign here, a big piece of positive news for a change! Well done BirdLife Malawi and all involved in this campaign!

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