Afghan Scouts join the government and civil society groups to combat the use of single-use plastics
Highlighting and promoting environmental protection, the Afghanistan National Scout Organization (ANSO, in partnership with Afghanistan’s Environment Protection Department and the Civil Society Activist group, led the distribution of 700 cotton bags in Ghor Province on 18 March 2019. The distribution of cotton bags was in response to the growing problem on the widespread use of single-use plastics and plastic bags.
The project was part of the community development initiative of the NSO that seeks to reduce the harmful impacts of single-use plastics to the environment by encouraging the people to participate with the Green Afghanistan and the Healthy People campaign. A total of 1,000 beneficiaries received cotton bags with the campaign message, “Say NO to Plastic!”
Abdul Burhani, one of the Scout Leaders who participated in the project said that it is part of their study to educate the young people about their responsibility to the environment. “The best way to protect our environment is to educate the young people about the benefits of a green and clean environment, so the new generation will get used to utilising garbage bins for their rubbish.”
“Let’s stop using single-use plastics such as plastic bags and plastic water bottles. As an alternative, we should use cotton or eco bags and water cannisters. We must start it in ourselves, individually. No matter how a single action will be looked as a small deed, if every person will do it individually, then those simple actions and bring about the change that we need,” Burhani added further.
The program aims to distribute more than 20,000 cotton bags in different provinces of Afghanistan to further promote the use of cotton bags as an alternative for plastic bags.
With reports from Moh Tamim Hamkar