To fully grasp the essential meaning of environmental economics, one occasionally has to grapple with undesirable realities such as pollution, a sore for the eye alongside Namibia’s roads, but also in Windhoek – many a times described as one of the cleanest cities in Southern Africa.
The EENN did also heed the call of the President of the Republic of Namibia, Dr. Hage Geingob, by participating in the National Clean-up Day. Due to various prior commitments to 25 May, the EENN arranged a clean-up event on 2 June, which took place at the famous Eveline Street in Windhoek.
Nearly 20 EENN members and family members got up rather early on the Saturday morning, armed with gloves and bags to perform the commendable task by picking up numerous items such as plastic bags, glass bottles, paper bags and various other objects for more than four hours. None of the participants (some as young as 6 years) ever complained but eagerly pressed on and collected the various undesirable items, thereby setting an example to various passers-by, in cars or on foot.
Although their praise-worthy efforts were met by the occasional thumbs-up, one would hope the rest of our Namibians would follow suit by contributing to a cleaner environment – not by polluting in the first place, and placing all rubbish in the designated municipals bins secondly (for recycling or dumping in the designated sites).
Maybe all the clean-up efforts will spark our fellow citizens into action, not only thinking about the negatives of pollution but jump for opportunities to help with national clean-up activities or waste management initiatives. And, hopefully more EENN members will see their way clear to participate in next year’s EENN clean-up event.