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Water bodies will have more plastics than fish by 2050- experts warn

Mr. David Duli, WWF Uganda Country Director

The Wild Wide Fund (WWF) has warned that Uganda’s water bodies will have more plastics than fish by 2050 if nothing is done to stop the habit of littering plastics.

While addressing a joint press conference at Uganda media center on Thursday, WWF together with the government ministries, Agencies, Civil society organizations and other formations like Rotarians and scouts in commemoration of the Earth Hour 2021, they called for a total ban on single use plastics.

WWF country director David Duri says that plastic waste chocks the country’s nature since it pollutes the air, water and soil that both people and wild life need to survive.

Duri added that while the Uganda government recognizes that there is a need to act on the plastic pollution crisis but recycling is a false solution and will not yield any tangible results. They thus called for a mindset shift away from single use culture to a total ban on these single use products since only 9% of all plastics ever created has been recycled.

According to the WWF report, water bodies world over contain 300 million tons of plastic in addition 8 million every year which makes a truck load of plastics a minute.

The chief commissioner for scouts and also minister for works and transport, General Edward Katumba Wamala said whereas the country wants improved infrastructure, a clean and conducive environment is much better to human life.

Stuart Maniranguha, the director of tree planting in the National Forestry Authority says that as a matter of littering plastics, many forests have slowly disappeared something that causes a negative effect on the environment of Uganda.

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