October 11, 2012
I have good news to share from Uganda!
After 10 years fighting the scourge of micro-thin plastic bags, ELAW partner Kenneth Kakuru and his team at Greenwatch are celebrating victory.
The High Court of Kampala ruled on Friday that plastic bags, commonly referred to as "kaveera," violate the right of citizens to a clean and healthy environment. The Court ordered that a bill be drafted "expeditiously" to regulate the use of all plastics less than 100 microns.
"Most of the scientific information contained in the pleadings to substantiate the arguments was obtained from ELAW," says Kenneth.
"This is a major milestone in the environment landscape in Uganda considering the menace that polythene bags have caused over time. Scientific Information from ELAW and judgments from other jurisdictions where ELAW partners operate have continuously been of great help to Greenwatch winning major court battles in Uganda."
Kenneth and Greenwatch are an inspiration to ELAW partners around the world working to rid the environment of one-use plastic bags.
ELAW Fellows Program Coordinator
Environmental Law Alliance Worldwide
P.S. Read more about this victory in our blog, the ELAW Spotlight. ELAW is working with partners around the world to protect communities and the environment. Learn more about our work on Facebook, and Twitter.