Tearfund launches appeal to reduce plastic pollution in Pakistan
Tearfund’s latest appeal, which launched today (18 February), will raise funds to build new recycling hubs in Pakistan that will prevent further damage to the environment, protect people’s health and provide jobs.
Pakistan produces more than 20 million tonnes of rubbish each year and in cities like Karachi, two fifths of it remains uncollected. The rubbish either builds up in rivers, causing flooding, or people opt to burn it in the streets which is damaging to health and the environment. Tearfund hopes to combat this problem by creating innovative recycling hubs so that rubbish stays out of the streets and waterways.
‘Tearfund’s appeal will help improve plastic recycling in Pakistan, cutting both waste and water pollution in the country,’ says Secretary of State for International Development Penny Mordaunt*. ‘This vital work will improve the health of generations of people, and create jobs and prosperity in the region. UK Aid Match will double every pound the Great British public donate to this campaign, meaning that their generosity will go twice as far.’
*Please note: This is an old article. The current Secretary of State for International Development is Anne-Marie Trevelyan .