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Kenya: 5 Influential Voices Spoke Up for Kenya’s Plastic Ban – and You Should Too!

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Earlier this month, we collaborated with Unearthed and the New York Times to expose how the American Chemistry Council (ACC) was lobbying the US Trade Representative to include terms into the US-Kenya trade negotiations that would enable the plastics industry to flood Africa with plastics.

According to documents uncovered by Greenpeace’s investigative journalism unit, the ACC wanted the United States government to insist that Kenya relax its existing plastic bans so that it could make the East African country a gateway to Africa for plastic trade – and then sell us recycling as a “false solution” to the environmental catastrophe it would cause.

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Several of the world’s most influential voices took to social media when the news broke, expressing disgust at this attack on Africa’s plastic-free progress. Here’s what they had to say:

1. James Wakibia

Wakibia is the activist credited to have inspired Kenya’s plastic ban. He started the social media campaign, using the Twitter hashtag #banplasticsKE, that would eventually lead to the country banning single-use plastic bags. It is no surprise that he took to Twitter to voice his dismay about the news. He tweeted: “USA should stop arm-twisting Kenya and African countries to accept trade pacts that will get us into bigger plastic problems.”

(Read Greenpeace Africa Senior Political Advisor Fredrick Njehu’s opinion piece in the ACC’s lobbying to include terms that will increase plastic trade in Africa – click here)

2. Indya Moore

The popular Pose actor, who is also an anti-racism and transgender rights activist, posted the article to thier Instagram page. Moore made a strong comment on how the ACC’s plans for Kenya was a prime example of how vulnerable Black people are to the exploits of big US corporations. Over 33,000 of the actor’s fans liked the post in solidarity!

3. Greta Thunberg

The Swedish climate youth activist has never been scared to call a spade, a spade. She quoted a paragraph from the exposé demonstrating how plastic waste export quadrupled in Africa since China stopped importing plastic waste in 2018. Thunberg commented, “The never ending sweeping of our rubbish underneath the carpet… ” Nearly 10,000 people interacted with her tweet.

(Read Greenpeace Africa Plastic Campaigner Amos Wemanya’s blog on recycling, and why it is a “false solution” – click here)