Africa — Gloria Majiga-Kamoto (Malawi)
Malawi is choking on plastic pollution. The landlocked country, located in southeast Africa, produces 75,000 tonnes of plastic each year — 80 per cent, of which, is single-use. In 2015, the Malawi government imposed a national ban on the production, distribution, and importation of thin plastics — until it was blocked by the Malawi Plastics Manufacturing Association.
In 2017, Gloria Majiga-Kamoto joined with NGOs and activists to campaign for the ban on single-use plastics in Malawi. She spent two years campaigning to protect local rivers, lakes, agriculture, animals, and public health from the devastating impact of single-use plastics. As a result, Malawi’s High Court upheld the ban on single-use plastics in July 2019! “The plastics were everywhere and everybody sees them. It was, for me, a realisation that we just take so many things for granted,” Majiga-Kamoto said.