September, Clean-up Month

September is a highlight on the environmental calendar, as it has been set aside for the purpose of achieving national hygiene.  Zimbabwe has since 2009 joined the world   during the month, when various stakeholders from all walks of life, participate in cleanup activities, removing waste from the environment.  September is the ideal month to clean the country as it precedes the coming of the rainy season. Solid waste in the environment is a menace during the rainy season because it transforms into water and air pollution, and blocks storm drains causing flashfloods in urban areas. 

The 2017 cleanup Zimbabwe programmes are already underway, with several players from various sectors initiating cleanup programmes throughout the country.  This year’s activities are running under the theme: “Zero tolerance to litter”. The theme is advocating for Zimbabweans to shun littering, thus controlling land pollution from point of generation by placing waste in a bin or on designated facilities.

 

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Clean up campaign - EVERYONE’S RESPONSIBILITY.

The nation of Zimbabwe is facing a challenge in waste management, particularly the urban centres and growth points. The drivers of this environmental challenge include;the rapid urban population increase and shortage of housing, resulting in higher population density in the existing suburbs and emergence of slums, change in consumption patterns, a scenario that has introduced new varieties of waste due to Globalisation and changes in packaging material,use of Old Inefficient Waste Management Technologies as well as low stakeholder participation.

Can clean up campaigns be the solution?

A Clean up campaign is a community-based, environmental initiative that inspires and empowers communities to clean up, fix up and conserve their environment. Since the inception of this program, in Zimbabwe, stakeholders such as; communities, organisations, churches, businesses, schools and tertiary institutions have voluntarily taken it upon themselves to clean up public areas and other places where litter has been illegally dumped. From January 2015 to date, we have witnessed more than 70 voluntary clean-ups organised by stakeholders, who have since realised that a safe, clean and healthy environment is everyone’s responsibility.

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The Environmental Management Agency is a statutory body responsible for ensuring the sustainable management of natural resources and protection of the environment, the prevention of pollution and environmental degradation, the preparation of Environmental Plans for the management and protection of the environment. It was established under the Environmental Management Act [Chapter 20:27] and operationalised on the 17th of March 2003 through SI 103 of 2003.

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    A clean, safe and healthy environment, promoting a growing economy and empowered society.
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    To regulate, monitor and promote sustainable management of natural resources and protection of the environment with stakeholder participation.
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    • Transparency • Professionalism • Timeous response • Stakeholder Participation • Unhu / Ubuntu •Team work •
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EMA 2017 SCHOOLS DEBATE TOPIC

 

ENVIRONMENTAL RIGHTS ARE BEING GIVEN LESS RECOGNITION IN DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMMES THAN OTHER RIGHTS IN ZIMBABWE.