Every day, Namibia’s 2.4 million citizens produce 3,000 tons of waste. In efforts to reduce waste and promote the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) in Windhoek did its part to contribute to a greener Namibia. On 10 October 2017, UNIC Windhoek recycled huge piles of outdated publications from the United Nations Library in support of the SDGs addressing climate action.
Preserving our environment requires targeted efforts to protect, restore and promote the conservation and sustainable use of terrestrial and other ecosystems. Goal 15 of the SDGs promotes the protection, restoration and sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably managed forests, combated desertification and reversed land degradation and biodiversity losses. In the period 2010 – 2015, the global net loss of forest area dropped from 7.3 million hectares per year in the 1990s to 3.3 million hectares. While this is promising, we still have a long way to go. We can all work together to use less paper, recycle and protect our environment.
Did you know that paper fibers can be reused and recycled up to 7 times? The next time you pick up a piece of paper, try to think of it as 7 future pages, not just the 1 in your hand. Recyclable items that are improperly disposed of are no longer useful and could end up contaminating the environment, in landfills or incinerated. Recycling allows useful materials to be recovered and reused to prevent entrance into the waste stream. Every ton of paper that is recycled is a ton of paper that does not go into a landfill. Even every 1-ton of paper saves 10 giant trees!