World Environment Day calls on all of us to be responsible in our conduct in the environment. The onus rests not only on large manufacturing corporations but on small and medium enterprises, communities and most importantly, individuals.
5 June is celebrated as World Environment Day in more than 100 countries across the world, recognising the need to come together to combat one of the great environmental challenges of our time, ‘beating plastic pollution’. By making changes in our everyday lives, we can all reduce the heavy burden of plastic pollution on our natural environment, our wildlife and our own health. While plastic has many valuable uses, we have become over reliant on single-use or disposable plastic – with severe environmental consequences.
In Namibia, Blue Crane Safaris Namibia, a tour operator, is contributing to the preservation of the environment. Senior tour consultant and owner, Derek Jacobs explains, “We are a tour operator in Namibia running our tours in a responsible way”.
As the Blue Crane Safaris tour guides take their guests around the beautiful Namibian landscape, they ensure that they keep Namibia clean. They also educate their guests and local Namibians on the importance of reducing plastic usage as well as not littering. Whether out on tour or in the bounds of the city, this remains top of mind for the team.
“We have recently replaced the use of plastic bottles with Blue Crane Safari Aluminium water bottles which our clients receive when they go on tour with us. We refill the bottles for our clients from a water tank installed on each car”, says Derek.
One of the many ways to ‘beat plastic pollution’ is by utilising reusable containers such as the ones Blue Crane have introduced. The result – Blue Crane Safaris is removing approximately 50 plastic bottles per person on a given tour. This is a lot of plastic which will not end up in landfills or in the environment.
This is merely a first step for the tour operator who believes that every little bit will make an impact in the long run. Derek continues, “I believe that educating people on the dangers and risks that plastic and other types of litter pose to the environment is imperative at all levels in society, at work, at school, in the home and at church”. Continue reading