A volunteer environmentalist and climate groups has embarks on “operation cleaning-up Kaduna’s River to save aquatics from plastic and other garbage trash ” due to human irrational activities of dumping all sort of waste and other hazardous chemical into the streams and River.
Plastic pollution threatens food safety and quality, human health, coastal tourism, and contributes to climate change.
According to the team leader of the operation that always lead in the cleaning-up exercise along Kaduna River banks , comrade Mohammed zakari, who is the Director African climate reporters says, they are always there with friends and other volunteers to save lives of aquatics and other endangered species from extinction due to human attitudes of dumping all sort of trash, hazardous chemical and other poisonous waste into the River that is causing a serious threat to the existence of all aquatics animals and human being.
Every year the groups usually team-up and clean the river to save marine animals from all forms of threat that is related to waste pollution.
Plastic waste damages the aesthetic value of tourist destinations, leading to decreased tourism-related incomes and major economic costs related to the cleaning and maintenance of the sites.
Every year, 8 million metric tons of plastic enters the ocean, according to a 2016 study published by the World Economic Forum. This equates to a garbage truck full of plastic being dumped into the ocean every minute, and if the trend is not upended, that number could increase to four dump trucks of plastic entering the ocean every minute, the study predicted.adding also that More than 8.3 billion metric tons of plastic has been produced globally in the last 70 years
He note that When water is seriously polluted in a certain area, the soil, plants, animals, fish, and even insects suffer a lot of damages.
“Fish that live in a polluted water source die off quickly, which in turn causes widespread death in animals that eat those fish for survival”.
He says, every year, they came to Kaduna River with Rake, basket, shovel and other useful materials, so as to reduce the large quantity of plastic trash, and other forms of garbage that was thrown into the river from the community that causes series of problems to the aquatics lives.
Unfortunately, rivers, canals and other waters have been and are being misused worldwide for the disposal of all types of waste, especially plastic waste. Due to a lack of disposal systems, it has long been the only way for many people to get rid of their rubbish. This accumulates in the rivers, clogs driveways and bridges and finally enters the sea.
Plastic pollution is the most widespread problem affecting the marine environment. It also threatens ocean health, food safety and quality, human health, coastal tourism, and contributes to climate change.
Mohammed says, this is the fifth times ,they are organizing an activities like this which is toward cleaning-up the entire surrounding of the river banks ,and some pond, in other to immensely protect lives of animals in the water , and also to protect human from water-borne-disease.
“Animals who eat plastic often starve because they can’t digest the plastic and it fills their stomachs, as such, this is preventing them from eating real food, which at the end killed the animals”
“There is need to recycle all the waste to save aquatics lives and other animals from the threat of hazardous chemical and other forms of garbage killing our water animals”.
The director say, the essence of today’s activities is to raise more awareness to the public to halt throwing all sort of trash into the gutter ,and to also let them know that this ugly attitudes destroyed thousands lives of water animals which can equally affect human being at the same time.
“Our aims is to save water animals from the effect of hazardous waste that were thrown into the gutter that ended-up killing aquatics and also to educate, enlighten the public on the effect of dumping trash into river or Oceans”.
“We tagged todays exercise as-Cleaning-up Kaduna’s River to save lives of aquatics-simply because of the dangers they faces daily as a result of increasing quantity of trash from the community into the River that killed water animals”.
Water pollution is getting worse day-by- day in Africa, due to lack of awareness to the public on the dangers of throwing all sort of trash into the Ocean, River, pond and small lakes in Africa.
He then advice the public to Use Less Plastic, Recyclable Options, while calling on Nigerians to Use Environmentally Friendly Detergents and to Stop Chemical Pollution.
he says, “when they gathered the trashed and burned it, they turned it to be manure,which they usually give it to local dry season farmers.”
There are currently 5 trillion pieces of plastic waste in the world’s oceans, according to The Ocean Cleanup, a project dedicated to ridding the ocean of waste.
More than 800 species of marine animals are affected by plastics, and the entire marine ecosystem is now contaminated
Adding also that Most baby sea turtles are ingesting plastic, and most seabirds are eating plastic and feeding plastic to their chicks. Fish of all sizes are also eating plastic, which accumulates up the food chain to humans, he added.
Stressing also that there is the need to find new ways of Rethinking the way you use, reuse and discard plastic will make a seismic difference in the amount of plastic that ends up in the oceans
“we also need more volunteers across the world to be packing and collecting trash and other gabage from the world’s beaches and streams,so as to save our river,pond and other places of collecting for both domestic and industrious uses”
“we need more support and training from Internatinal coastal clean-up,in order to save more marine animals from going extinction due to dumping of all kind of trash into the gutter,that usually ended-up at the Rivers”
The environmentalist added in survey by marine plastic magazine, it says, Over 300 million tons of plastic are produced every year for use in a wide variety of applications.
At least 8 million tons of plastic end up in our oceans every year, and make up 80% of all marine debris from surface waters to deep-sea sediments.
Commenting also Alhaji ibrahim salihu, the chef executive director of Teku kaduna international farm, during an interview with the journalists that joined them at kaduna’s Rivers bank for the operation.
He mention that in Every minute, one garbage truck of plastic is dumped into our oceans and that is a threat to the existence of animals that live in water and also to human lives.
Adding also that most River fish humans consume, including cat fish , Tilafia, and other species along the river , have at one time or another, ingested plastic microfibers..
“People dump all sort of trash into the river or oceans without knowing the consequences to water animals and to even human being”.
“Water-borne-diseases is a big problems to the existence of human being which need to be tackle through educating the public on the dangers of throwing garbage and other sort of trash into the river”
Also responding, mallam dauda Ismail, the chairman youth action and awareness forum kurmin kaduna,
He says, they came to join the other team that came to the riverbank, so as to give them solidarity in other to clean-up the River.
Dauda says, every first annual rain fall, millions of aquatics animals do usually died as a result of dangerous chemical that came to the river from the community.
He says, “Millions of water animals do usually died due to dangerous chemical that came into the fresh water from the community”
There is an urgent need to explore the use of existing legally binding international agreements to address marine plastic pollution.
Recycling and reuse of plastic products, and support for research and innovation to develop new products to replace single-use plastics are also necessary to prevent and reduce plastic pollution.
The team of the volunteer environmentalists, climate expert then called on NGOs and CSO, state and federal government,
traditional title holders to sensitize the public on the dangers of throwing trash into gutter and other forms of water-ways.so as to save lives of water animals and the public from drinking contaminated water.
While calling on UNICEF, WHO and ministry of health and environment to equally support the fight against dumping of trash from Communities to Kaduna Rivers.