The 5th of June each year is observed as World Environment Day. It’s a daydesignated to create awareness on environmental governance. The 2018 working theme for the day is “Beat Plastic Pollution”. The theme has become imperative because of how plastic waste is polluting the environment.
The National Commission for Civic Education associates itself with the day as well as the theme and takes the opportunity to entreat all citizens to protect and safeguard the Ghanaian environment. Article 41(k) of the 1992 Constitution admonishes citizens to „protect and safeguard the environment‟. This is a patriotic call on citizens to desist from disposing of plastics, refuse and other pollutants inappropriately.
The use of plastics to a large extent has become a lifestyle where a greater number of the population have easy access to plastic materials for their daily use. It is however worrying, to state that, most users of plastics do not dispose of plastics properly and ends up getting drains choked and dirtying the environment. It inadvertently causes flooding leading to health hazards, loss of life and property.
The NCCE, during the second phase of the 2018 Annual Citizenship Week is dedicating one week to educate and sensitise students and the Ghanaian populace on environmental governance. The working theme is “The Environment and You”.
As citizens, we must make it our habit to use dustbins instead of littering the environment with filth, the need to frequently use toilet facilities and protecting the very environment we live in. We must also make it a convention to separate plastic waste from non-plastic waste for a clean and safe environment. Let’s beatplastic pollution today!!!!