Should plastic bags be banned in Africa?November 4, 2021 1739 views 15 comments 2 minutes reading time
Plastic bags are amongst the world’s biggest pollutants. About a trillion single-use plastic bags are used worldwide each year or 2 million per minute.
Why are plastic bags so bad for the environment? They often take many years to decompose and their waste often poses a serious health threat to human beings and animals. About 700 species of birds, fish, and other marine organisms are killed by plastic bags every year. Toxic substances are often released on soil and into the air when they are burnt. In addition, plastics block waterways and sewers.
Many African countries have begun to take steps to reduce the impact of plastic pollution. So far 34 African countries have passed a law banning plastic bags, however, implementation remains a challenge and the cost of alternative bags discourage consumers from purchasing them.
What do our readers think? Lerato said, “I do not think they should be banned but the amount of usage should be reduced because there is still a need for plastic bags and they are useful but they are harmful to the environment and animals so instead of a ban there should be a reduction of making plastic bags and using them.”
We spoke to Dr. Agnes Kalibata, the president of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa, to hear what she has to say,
We also asked environment and climate activist, Elizabeth Wathuti, for her perspective,
Should plastic bags be banned across Africa? How do you think plastic pollution in Africa should be reduced? Let us know your thoughts and comments in the form below, and we’ll take them to policymakers and experts for their reactions!