Stakeholders in the environmental industry took to the streets of Harare in a massive clean-up campaign last week to sensitise residents on the importance of keeping their environment clean.
The clean-up campaign was an opportunity to celebrate the measures being taken against the spread of Covid-19 through the trending Jerusalem dance challenge and also to help spread the message of waste separation in a way that would be both educative and entertaining.
Environmental Management Agency (EMA) education and publicity officer Mr Lloyd Munetsi said the month of September was a clean-up month to promote environmental consciousness in citizens.
“We need a clean environment and as EMA it is our duty to make sure that it is embedded in our citizens,” he said.
“We have engaged in the trending Jerusalem dance challenge so that we attract the youth and spread the message that your environment is your pride and you should always ensure that it is clean, safe and litter free.”
Speaking at the same event, City of Harare communications officer Mr Bothwell Petro encouraged the people to be active in issues to do with waste management.
African Youth Initiative on Climate Change director Mrs Elizabeth Gulugulu said people must fight against illegal waste dumps in Harare.
“We are trying to reach out to organisations and companies that produce this waste to come up with sustainable packaging and also assist in terms of donations,” she said.
“We are still coming up with sustainable and strategic solutions on how we can separate the waste and sell it to relevant people so that our young people can have a source of income and also derive benefits from the waste.”
Stakeholders who participated in the clean-up campaign included Zimbabwe Youth Sustainable Development Goals, Ladies in Action, Advocate for Earth, Innovation Village for Young African Minds, Zimbabwe Youth Champions for Agenda 2063, She’s Activated Girls and Youth Vibes Africa.