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Litterathon Challenge: Get Your Teens Involved in Tackling Plastic Pollution

Article by Maureen Kasuku
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Posted: October 27, 2020  

Youth in Kenya are tackling the pervasive problem of plastic pollution in their communities and recently took part in Africa’s first ever Litterathon challenge which mobilized youth from all over the continent to pick up as much litter as they can while creating awareness about waste pollution and recycling culture.

This novel cleanup challenge, which took place 3-4 October, 2020, mobilized youth to pick as much litter as they could. In two days, the challenge saw participation from 95 vibrant young Africans from 18 cities in 7 countries who collected thousands of pieces of rubbish tracked through the Litterati app. 

The challenge was organized by Oluwaseyi ‘Seyi’ Peace Moejoh, a law student, founder of U-recycle and key leader involved with Ocean Heroes Bootcamp, the annual program that gives agency to emerging global youth leaders, ages 11-18, to create their own impact campaigns to fight plastic pollution.

Kenyan teens Michelle and Jeremy Muchilwa, recently launched their campaign against plastic waste along the shores of Lake Victoria. The siblings have officially partnered with Kenya Marine and Fisheries Research Institute’s debris program to raise awareness, collect data on plastic pollution through beach clean-ups near Lake Sango every Thursday, and educate communities on plastic pollution. 

They have already collected 1,000 pieces of trash, most of which were plastic bottles and plan to engage the companies that produce these bottles starting with Coca Cola (their Kisumu factory is very near the Lake) for their campaign.

If you’d like your kids/teens to be part of the Litterathon challenge, sign them up here.

About the author

Maureen Kasuku

Maureen is our resident cat lady and Beyoncé stan. She writes about spas, brunch and ballet recitals but has never been to any. Moonlights as a social justice activist in her spare time. She knows things and is obnoxiously opinionated on the internet but not in real life

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