05-01-2020 by Freddie del Curatolo
All we at malindikenya.net can do is try to set a good example.
For those who have frequented this place for years or even for those who have recently approached it for a holiday, here is a resolution to adopt as a fixed point for 2020, as we had already planned for 2019.
Honestly it's not a big effort, just 3 minutes of your Kenyan time, holiday or business if you work there or have invested: with the minimum expense of 5 Kenyan shillings (less than 5 cents).
It's about taking with you, every time, but I say EVERY TIME you go to the beach, one of those colored bags made of non-polluting polyester that have been selling everywhere since plastic bags were banned all over the country. During the classic walk along the shore (which is always good for the body and that really do almost everyone) or even just getting up from the sunbed and walking around in twenty meters, you will surely find, wherever you go, plastic bottles, slippers and other garbage.
Pick them up until you fill the bag that you can then leave either in the structure that welcomes you, or at most at home where the company of the County will surely pass by to collect the rubbish. The ideal, if you have the will and time, would be to go to the collection points for recycling, waiting for the center of Malindi, there is one in Watamu, in the Dabaso district.
We do it every time we go to the beach and I can assure you that it really only takes three minutes to fill it with junk.
On the first day of the year, on the beach of Malindi, we collected a dozen bottles of water, a canister, a container for motor oil, two slippers, a sandalwood, three packs of yoghurt and various other bottles.
This did not make our walk any less pleasant, nor did it create any problems.
Ours is a small gesture that if replicated by many (imagine for example our Kenyan readers who, being almost half of the 4500 who read us every day, are a good number, although not all based on the coast), including hoteliers and restaurateurs who have their activities on the sea (some already do, but often without continuity) could really distinguish us as a destination, in addition to setting an example to the local population and a small contribution to local preservation.
Surely much more useful and less defeatist than complaining on social networks, maybe using the usual old excuse that "they should do it" because "if they don't care about the Kenyans who are at home".
And who cares, I tell you, we start doing it because we believe in it and like all the things that you start doing because you have to, then they go automatically.
Really, I assure you, it doesn't take you long and it's much more than a symbolic gesture.
I'm waiting for your binders!
You can send them to www.malindikenya.net or on the FB page firstname.lastname@example.org
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