Namibians urged to join in clean-up day

Ellanie Smit
WindhoekNamibians are encouraged to participate in this year’s World Clean-Up Day taking place on Saturday under the theme ‘This is the only home we have’.Romeo Muyunda, the spokesperson of the environment ministry, said Namibia has been participating in the global event by hosting national clean-up campaigns since 2018, when it was initiated by President Hage Geingob.

“The event is aimed at creating awareness and encourages Namibians to adopt attitudes that will ensure Namibia’s environment is free of waste.”

Muyunda said that in observance of this year’s clean-up day, Namibians from all walks of life are encouraged to mobilise themselves to take part in activities countrywide.

Be a part of it

The main event is taking place in Grootfontein and will be officiated by environment minister Pohamba Shifeta.

“We specifically wish to call on regional councils, local authorities, and traditional authorities in all 14 regions to mobilise their residents and take part in the nationwide clean-up activities.”

Muyunda said through regional councils, the ministry will supply limited amounts of refuse bags, but urged the regions to mobilise their own resources required to ensure a successful event.

The ministry further encouraged organisations, institutions, and other social clusters to take up the challenge by coordinating clean-up activities for their employees.

“To make it exciting, participants can voluntarily take part in our trash-tag challenge by taking pictures or videos prior, during, and after cleaning and posting it on social media using the hashtags #trashtagchallenge, #keepnamibiaclean.”

The ministry said it hopes this year’s event will be the biggest waste collection day in Namibia, with huge participation.