Ban plastic bags for tourism in Karamoja: During World Earth Day on April 22nd, we went out to clean the streets of our municipal in Moroto town and the trails on Mount Moroto to raise awareness and launch our principles for Responsible Tourism in Karamoja.
The most important lesson learned was the impact of the polythene bags – or kaveera as they are commonly known – on nature and animals. This non-degradable waste results in the degradation of fertile soil used for agriculture, clog water channel, create breeding ditches for mosquitoes and release cancerous fumes when burnt.
“We recognise that tourism as an industry contributes in part to the scourge of plastic bags. But we’re also aware of the potential of tourism to educate the community.”
Action 1: Ban single-use plastic
Our first action is aimed at eliminating single-use plastic bags by replacing them by locally designed reusable bags. These bags are strong, washable, watertight and therefore also suitable for collecting rubbish from the trails during tours. The bags will also be for sale at our shop along the main street in Moroto town.
Action 2: Biodegradable options
For our facilities we’re exploring degradable packaging options, such as the use of reusable wooden crates to pack our fruits and vegetable supplies. And also for give away bags we’re looking for a supplier of biodegradable bags such as sisal, paper, cloth, papyrus or even banana leave.
Principles for responsible Tourism in Karamoja.
1. Plan Ahead and Prepare
2. Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces
3. Dispose of Waste Properly
4. Leave What You Find
5. Minimize Campfire Impacts
6. Respect Wildlife
7. Be Considerate of Other Visitors
8. Support the local economy