Plastic waste from industrial processes has been leaking into areas of Somali territories from the beaches to mountains. This growing environmental health epidemic straddling impacts our health, the natural environment, and the tens of thousands of vulnerable marine animals that have been observed suffering from entanglement or ingestion of plastics. Before our country becomes completely plastic-saturated, we must unify and mobilize as a proxy of Somalia to halt the spread of plastics.
As of 2018, about 380 million tons of plastic are produced worldwide each year. From the 1950s up to 2018, an estimated 6.3 billion tons of plastic has been produced worldwide, of which an estimated 9% has been recycled and another 12% has been incinerated. This large amount of plastic waste enters the environment, with studies suggesting that the bodies of 90% of seabirds contain plastic debris. In some countries there have been significant efforts to reduce the distinction of free-range plastic pollution, through banning and/or reducing plastic consumption, litter cleanup, and promoting plastic recycling. As of 2020, the global mass of produced plastic exceeds the biomass of all land and marine animals combined. Due to their chemical composition, all plastics take from 450-1,000 years to biodegrade, many cannot be recycled at all, and none can be recycled more than a few times.
Microplastics, or plastic fragments from clothes, cosmetics, and industrial processes, have been leaking into all of the areas Somali territories from the beaches to the farthest floors of the deep ocean. Already, plastic waste is disrupting marine species such as seabirds, sea turtles, and is tangling and choking whales, sharks, and other marine mammals. This growing environmental health epidemic straddling across the food chain will affect all organisms, including people. Before our country becomes completely plastic-saturated, we must unify and mobilize as change-agent of Somalia to halt the spread of plastics.
The continuous production of plastic products has created environmental tragedy with disastrous consequences for both humans and wildlife. Through education, research, and policy, we here at Somali Natural Resources Research Center are actively engaged in treating our modern-day plastic addiction. Our anti-plastic campaign is prefiguring the fight against abounding single-use plastic. Through educational programs in schools, partnering with private sectors, and creating awareness events we are spreading the message about the dangerous nature of plastics.
How We End Plastic Addiction
Inspire Consumer Change
Our campaigns help you make more sustainable choices, raise public awareness about the number of microplastics in seafood. We call for urgent action in 3 key areas: reduction, redesign, and better management of plastics.
Encourage Government Action
Our strategic protest and advocacy campaigns impose stronger protections for endangered species and their habitat and promote sustainable policies that restrict plastic manufacturing.
Research & Monitoring
Our multi-year research in collaboration with partner agencies, organizations, and private sectors has revealed excessive amounts of microplastics polluting our beaches.
Our Somali Blue Economy Knowledge Center has several activities such as beach cleanups, art installations, and more to raise awareness on the importance of protecting marine habitats.