Protecting our marine environment, one river at a time
National Water Week takes place from 16 – 22 March 2021, an environmental celebration that Plastics SA supports and promotes as part of our annual Clean-up and Recycle SA campaign.
Plastics play a vital role in water – from water bottles, to pipes transporting water, to irrigation of crops but they become a problem when carelessly discarded in rivers and dams. Despite many clean-up initiatives, countrywide, the most important message is that we need to change our behaviour, in order to change the plight of the waterways and ultimately our ocean life.
Water is life and it needs to be valued!
‘The quality of a stream or river is often a good indication of the way of life within a community through which is flows. It is an indicator of the socio-economic conditions and environmental awareness and attitude of its users. Everything that happens in a catchment area is reflected in the quality of the water that flows through it, because the results of human activity and lifestyle ultimately end up in rivers, through runoff’.
The summer rains of 2020/2021 have once again highlighted the plight of most of South Africa’s rivers and estuaries. Due to a lack of infrastructure and municipal resources, concerned environmentalists and citizens have taken it upon themselves to save many of the rivers which are in such bad shapes that many don’t sustain any life at all. Plastics SA and its partners support these initiatives in various ways as well as supply the bags used to collect the waste removed from the rivers. Plastics SA will be supporting various clean-up events in Gauteng, KZN and the Western Cape during March 2021 and would like to highlight some of the collaborative efforts that have been actively healing rivers over the past year.