The rate of water pollution is escalating all over the world. Shimoni, a small village along the Kenyan coast leads the pack by their campaign of keeping the ocean water clean. These images show th
The Indian ocean cover a total area of about 68.8 million square kilometres and covers Africa, Asia, Australia and Southern Ocean. It plays an important economic role ranging from transport to fishing. The Kenyan side of the Indian Ocean brings a lot of revenue to the government. That is why it is important to protect it from the environmental pollution and any other destruction. No one knows this better than the residents of Shimoni whose life literally depends on the ocean.
Because of the massive pollution they have witnessed over the years, they took the initiative to spread the word of cleanliness to the community as well as the visitors. The young traders at Shimoni area initiated the project by gathering funds for the campaign. The campaign is done through placards fixed on trees and dustbins placed in specific areas. The placards have messages that urge people to dispose off garbage responsibly.
I talked to one of the pioneers of the project- Captain Baraza who said that the campaign was bearing fruits, although there are some community members who were still littering the areas.
Some of the garbage type visible a long the Shimoni beaches are mineral water bottles, plastic bags, used diapers and even wrist bands!
It is just unbelievable on how we continue to choke the Oceans ignoring the diverse role it plays.
It’s hongera to the Shimoni community for their valuable initiative!