Dandora one of Nairobi’s largest dumping sites tells the story of the plastic bags menace in Kenya vividly, about 5O% of the trash in this site is plastic bags. This could however Change as the ministry for environment has gazetted a law that states that government will no longer allow the use of plastic bags in the country in the next six months .The reasons cited is that plastic bags are a threat to our environment and are contributors to environmental degradation.
The hurdles in this scenario however are the thousands of jobs that will be lost due to this directive with manufacturers already counting their losses and trying to get the government to change its directive due to the losses it will cost the economy.
By removing plastic bags from the picture a void is created and it has to be filled. What will the common mwananchi carry her groceries in? Many will be quick to answer paper bags or tote bags. Scientist are however of the opinion that paper bags have a bigger negative impact on climate change than plastic bags .Paper bags have a higher carbon imprint .They require a lot of energy during production and thus a lot of greenhouse gases are emitted causing pollution.
Some of The reasons why Kenyans support the governments directive on phasing out of the plastic bags could include.
Plastic bags have been the thorn in their flesh, the litter on Kenyan streets is mostly plastic bags.
Drainage systems in major towns and estates have been rendered useless due to plastic bags getting stuck in them and causing blockage.
Plastic bags have infringed on our oceans leading to their contamination, additionally fish, and marine mammals in general ingest them. These plastic bags poison or choke the fish leading to their death.
Plastic by itself is a toxin which is not good for a person’s health. People ingest toxins by consuming contaminated sea mammals. This leads to health complications.
The die seems to have already been cast on this one but things are never done until they are done .We are counting down six months to see how the dust settles on this plastic bags ban. Will the ministry of environment win or will plastic bags manufacturers carry the day?
PS; Kindly leave your comments on why you support or do not support the use of plastic bags.
One of life’s ironies is that we are afraid of dying and afraid of aging yet living a long life means getting to see your old age .We want to be ‘forever young’ yet youth is fleeting and ones youth can bypass them like a hurricane wind. One minute you are twenty and the next minute your forties are knocking at your door step. The question is when forty comes by will you look back and regret how you spent the best days of your life, your youth (relative) or will you regret and wonder whether life would have been different if you had been a little patient to find your passion and given your days purpose instead of doing what everyone else expected of you.
The number one secret to living a full life is finding purpose in all you do .it’s simply finding something that makes your heart go gaga. It’s that activity you will be at for hours and not notice time passing .It’s not about how this activity changes your bank account balance, it’s about how it makes you feel.Yes, passion appeals more to our emotional side than to our financial status.
When you begin working on yourself you become better in all sectors, you appeal more to the people who encounter you. You develop a high level of confidence because you are comfortable at what you are doing and girl doesn’t the world love confidence. When you develop confidence in yourself doors begin to open in your life, people recognize your skill. The moment you open up a business, people want to buy your products because you have already bought into your own products. The type of person shows in what you do. Its then that you realize that finding purpose is the only secret to you making some coins from something you are passionate about.
People will tell you that with our economy you cannot afford to follow your dreams, you need to follow the money first ,your bills will not pay themselves .Do not however join this masses and say that the world is a cruel world and it will never give you an opportunity to be yourself. Opportunities are created.
Do not agree to be a slave of your current circumstance because you choose not to see the light at the end of this tunnel that is your life, take those baby steps they will get you to your destination not where everyone expects you to be .Then again never say never to anything you believe you are capable of inyour life because limits just like fears are always an illusion .You are the only obstacle standing between your current life and that life you have always dreamt of for yourself. Find your purpose and start living.