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Nairobi — More than 400 youthful Africans were today respected for their authority in tending to plastic contamination in their networks as a component of the Tide Turners Plastic Challenge. At a significant level occasion, political pioneers, senior UN authorities and Grammy-designated Ghanaian performer Rocky Dawuni commended the administration appeared by youngsters in worldwide endeavors to battle plastic pollution.

The African Youth Summit – Tide Turners Plastic Challenge recognized the function of more than 400 champions who have finished each of the three degrees of the Tide Turners Plastic Challenge Badge. Members in the Challenge have indicated initiative by bringing issues to light through online media, supporting plastic waste assortment crusades and showing manageability in their own lives, among other things.

Funded by the United Kingdom for as long as two years, the Tide Turners Plastic Challenge has been finished by more than 225,000 youngsters in finished 25 nations, including 50,000 in Africa. The test takes the members on a learning venture comprising of three unique levels: section, pioneer, and champion.

More than 1,500 youngsters went to the Summit, sorted out by the UN Environment Program (UNEP) in organization with the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts, the World Organization of the Scout Movement and Junior Achievement Africa.

“As a former Girl Guide, I am very proud of Tide Turners and all the inspiring young people who are part of it; so far, more than 50,000 young people in 18 countries across Africa have joined this important programme. Let’s continue this momentum, adding seven more countries to reach youth in nearly half of all African countries,” said Joyce Msuya, Deputy Executive Director of UNEP.

The Summit which occurred close by the Scouts during their yearly Jamboree broadcasting in real time and Jamboree on the Internet occasion (JOTA-JOTI) to share exercises from the moves youngsters have made to battle plastic contamination and become natural pioneers in their networks. Six youthful changemakers shared their tales about how they approached inciting change and moving their companions to go along with them in making a move on plastic pollution.

“The Tide Turners Plastic Challenge gave me a great platform to pass on the message against plastic waste and share my solutions,” said Fyona Seesurrun, a 22- year old understudy from Mauritius, one of the heroes who was regarded at the summit.

“100,000 mammals and one million birds die every year from eating or getting tangled in plastic in the ocean. If we do nothing, the amount of plastic in the ocean is set to treble by 2025. We must take collective action now. The Tide Turners are a force to be reckoned with, inspiring a whole new generation of leaders to tackle plastic pollution within their communities. That’s why the UK is supporting the UNEP to extend the work of the Tide Turners Plastic Challenge Badge to a further 20 countries around the world”, said Zac Goldsmith, UK Minister of State for Pacific and the Environment.

Grammy-named Ghanaian performer Rocky Dawuni – an UNEP Goodwill Ambassador – likewise tended to the youngsters at the Summit and entertained visitors with hits including “Rock Your Soul”.

The Tide Turners Plastic Challenge Badge is the first since forever Scout and Girl Guide Badge produced using reused plastic; the Challenge has been coordinated into another advanced stage for World Scouting’s new ecological instruction activity: Earth Tribe, which joins together 54 million Scouts in a worldwide youth development for the climate, and offers youngsters the chance to learn and follow up on key natural issues that are influencing their communities.

In 2021, coordinators will add another component to the identification which will zero in on impacting strategy and practice change.

Each year, in excess of 8 million tons of plastic winds up in the seas, unleashing devastation on marine natural life, fisheries, and the travel industry, and costing at any rate $8 billion in harm to marine biological systems. World creation of plastic materials in 2018 was assessed at 359 million tons and by 2040, the measure of plastic going into our seas could triple.


The Africa Tide Turners, 2020 is subsidized by the legislature of the UK and upheld by the World Organization of the Scout Movement (WOSM), World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS), Junior Achievement, schools, and colleges/universities just as the United Nations Environment Programme.

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Other taking an interest accomplices are: Government substances, for example, the National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) in Kenya, the Center Ivorian Anti-Pollution (CIAPOL), the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NMASA), the Environmental Protection Agency of Sierra Leone, The Ghana National Plastic Action Partnership (NPAP) and The Blue Action Network (BAN).

About the UN Environment Program (UNEP)

UNEP is the main worldwide voice on the climate. It gives initiative and empowers association in thinking about the climate by rousing, advising and empowering countries and people groups to improve their personal satisfaction without trading off that of future generations.

For more Information please contact:

Sam Barratt, Chief, Youth, Education and Advocacy

Bryan Michuki, Project Manager, Tide Turners