Basseterre, St. Kitts, (Kyss FM) The Ministry Of Tourism is urging locals and residents of the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis to reduce their use of plastics in their everyday lives as an effort to move closer to a greener economy.

Speaking on national radio earlier this week, Diannille Taylor-Williams, Assistant Secretary in the Ministry of Tourism said plastic pollution is one of the biggest environmental challenges with negative effects on human, plant, animal and marine life.

She said, plastics have become an integral part of persons lives, adding that there is a great need for creating awareness to reduce the number of plastics that is generated, especially single-use plastics,”

To this, the Ministry has launched its ‘Plastic Free July’ initiative to combat the epidemic.

Taylor Williams said, “…where we are today, there are some plastics but they are used multiple times and we all know about the durability of plastics and their flexibility. Plastic is even used in making clothes, and more and more vehicles are being manufactured using plastics but a vehicle is not a one use item,” she furthered “That is why there is such a thing as a plastic-free July. Not that it ends in July, but this is where we heighten the awareness of the need for us to end plastic pollution.”

Vanessa Webbe, Tourism Officer in Nevis, also shared similar sentiments and noted that St. Kitts and Nevis can succeed in its quest to reduce the use of plastics.

“I want to say assertively that we can eliminate the single use of plastics and I think over time, reduce plastics. So let us continue the discussion and encourage each other and remind each other to go plastic free,” she said.

Just last month on June 05, St. Kitts and Nevis joined the rest of the world to observe World Environment Day under the theme: “Beat Plastic Pollution”.

The Department of Environment uses the month of June annually to promote environmental awareness in schools, and among the general public. This year an outreach focus for the month of June was on the timely international theme of reducing the global dependency on plastics. It’s a theme that resonates in the Federation and calls for us to take a serious look at how much plastics play a part in our lives and the impact its disposal is having on the environment.