World Consumer Rights Day is marked globally on 15th March every year to celebrate the strides made in promoting consumer rights and fair market place for all. The day was inspired by President John F. Kennedy, who addressed the first four consumer rights: the right to safety, the right to be informed, the right to choose and the right to be heard. These rights have been improved on to include the right to redress, right to be satisfied, right to reasonable quality & quantity and the right to a healthy environment. World Consumer Rights Day 2021 comes amidst COVID-19 pandemic that has seen an increase in single- use plastics from personal protective equipment like gloves and face masks. The heaps of plastics have posed a challenge of exposing every living thing to danger.
It is estimated that by 2050, oceans will have more plastics than fish, a reality that is dawning by day. It is our responsibility to educate other consumers, retailers and producers to think beyond the profits they make and the short lived comfort from the use of plastics. They should look at this environment from the eyes of that unborn child, a child that will bear the cruelty of our actions.
Use of alternatives to plastics should be embraced by all consumers in order to curb plastic pollution before mother earth turns against us. Kenyans are therefore urged to know the importance of preserving the environment and adopt sustainable practices. Climate action is an emergency. ACT NOW by saying no to plastic pollution.
Consumer Grassroots Association March 15 Activities.
During This year’s world consumer rights day, Consumer Grassroots Association, (CGA) in partnership with The Competition Authority of Kenya and other stakeholders took #NoPlasticPollution campaign to three counties; Kajiado, Kisumu and Mombasa by sensitizing consumers on the need to scale down on single-use plastics. Need to apply the 7Rs in combating plastic pollution; Rethink, Reuse, Reduce, Refuse, Recycle, Repair and Replace.
To mark the day, CGA sensitized communities on effects of plastic pollution on our environment. Part of the team was assigned to clean Mbagathi River, a very important and useful river flows through Nairobi National park down to the Indian Ocean.
In Mombasa and Kisumu, the team took to malls and streets to sensitize consumers on the effects of plastics on our environment and how it concerns everyone. In the process, it was noted that most consumers are not aware of their rights and more needs to be done to help them understand their rights and obligations.