Biruta roots for environmentally friendly practices
Written by: George Kalisa
Tuesday, June 5th, 2018, 8:36
Rwanda’s Minister for Environment Dr. Vincent Biruta has said the ongoing campaign dubbed beat plastic pollution calls for adoption of environmentally friendly practices. He said that protection of the ecosystems through reususable alternative was a noble responsibility for all people.
"The campaign is a reminder of our responsibility to protect our ecosystems by choosing reusable alternatives to plastic and adopting environmentally friendly practices in our everyday lives," observed Dr. Biruta.
The minister remarked today during the launch of this year’s national environment week in the capital Kigali.
The campaign focused on beat plastic pollution included school environment competitions which were won by Olivier Murwanashyaka, a student of Rutsiro while Aline Gisa Uwimana took the poems prize.
Minister Biruta noted that the goals of the campaign can only be achieved “if everyone is on board”.
He said that Rwanda has for more than twenty year put more emphasis on sustainable development to ensure a healthy environment.
"For more than two decades Rwanda has prioritised environmental protection and conservation. This focus on sustainable development and ensuring a healthy environment for all people living in, and visiting, Rwanda has had a significant return on investment," the minister said.
"One of the major green initiatives was the banning of plastic bags and specific types of packaging ten years ago. This was done because we understood the threat that they posed to our health and environment."
The environment week and World Environment Day was organized by the Environment ministry in partnership with REMA. Other partners include; BRALIRWA, COPED and SULFO Rwanda.
On its part the United Nations Environment said through twitter “We must all do our part to and protect this and all other wonderful ecosystems on planet earth. Tag, you're all it! Do your part to clean up our environment and be the change for a happier healthier planet!