Let the Earth be Remembered: COVID-19 Related Waste Management

Sinyuy Geraldine
Posted April 24, 2020 from Cameroon
Re-washable and reuseable masks made from local fabric in Bamenda
Re-washable face masks made from local fabric help curb the environmental pollution.

As the war against COVID-19 rages throughout the world, plastic gadgets- from surgical gloves, surgical masks, plastic aprons, facial masks, body bags, plastic sheets to bottles of used hand sanitizers now brings to bear on mankind another burden of massive waste management. There have been calls from ecologists and Eco artists for human beings to limit the use of plastic materials which are harmful to the environment and nature as a whole when not properly disposed of.  COVID-19 may be a short war, but its effects on the environment may take decades to cure if we are not careful with the way we manage the waste generated from the COVID-19 preventive measures all over the world.

            Many “first world” countries have access to disposable face masks, but most “third world” countries lack these services and this has quickly led to tailors all over the continent making washable and reusable facial masks from local fabrics. A thought came to my mind then, that due to lack of these services, Africans and other third world countries are saving the planet through the production of these washable face masks. I know however, that we still need to mitigate the amount of COVID-19 imposed waste on the planet earth.

            My cry is that, we should all be one another’s keeper by minding the way we dispose of the bottles of sanitizers and disposable face masks which we use to protect ourselves against COVID-19. In so doing, we will be remembering the earth, and the responsibility to save and preserve for today’s humanity and its generations yet to come.

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Jill Langhus
Apr 24
Apr 24

Hello Geraldine Love,

How are you and your family doing? I love your thinking, and your wonderfully, kind heart, too! Yes, this is a concern of mine, too. There are so many disposable masks and gloves flying around and more trash than ever around here. Definitely concerning, as it is there, too, I'm sure:-( Thanks for sharing, and thanks for the reminder. I wish everyone thought about it as much as we did:-)

Hope you and your family are safe and well.

XX

Sinyuy Geraldine
Apr 26
Apr 26

Hello Jill. I am fine and you? I am so happy to hear that you have the same concern as I do. I really hope that the earth will be remembered.
Xx

Jill Langhus
Apr 27
Apr 27

Hello Dear,

Good to hear. I'm doing well, thanks!

Yes, it can definitely feel alienating when we know we're the minority:-) I know the feeling well, unfortunately. We're the change makers, though, Love. That you can be sure! I hope so, too!

XX

Chi8629
Apr 24
Apr 24

Thank you for sharing Sister

Sinyuy Geraldine
Apr 26
Apr 26

You're welcome sister.

Anita Shrestha
Apr 25
Apr 25

Dear Sister
Thank you for sharing. Be stay. Be strong mentally.

Shirin Dalaki
Apr 25
Apr 25

Dear Geraldine,
Thank you so much for reminding us of this important issue. I used to recycle plastic and now I put them in trash because of the contamination issue which I have been worried about since use of plastic and people disposing of them is my concern too. We are living in a difficult time for sure and yet I want to stay neutral and be grateful for things we have and operate from this neutral point.

Shirin

Sinyuy Geraldine
Apr 26
Apr 26

Thanks dear Shirin. I hope you are fine.
Lots of love,
Geraldine

magg6789
Apr 25
Apr 25

Dear sister,
Thank you for sharing this piece with us. As we go through new challenges, we must remember we share the same planet. As you call for, we have to be conscious of our waste and how we use resources. It not only affects us, but also the world around us including other countries and people.

Kongnyuy
Apr 25
Apr 25

Thank you for sharing and the reminder sis.

Sinyuy Geraldine
Apr 26
Apr 26

So true my dear sister. Allow me to say welcome on World Pulse to you. May this spirit of being visible grow in you as you are already doing encourager work. I hope you that you can become a World Pulse Encourager. May I know your real name? Inbox me the information.
Dr Geraldine

Fanka
Apr 26
Apr 26

Hello Geraldine, THanks for sharing with us your wonderful initiative oh haw to prevent the destruction of our environment.

Sinyuy Geraldine
Apr 26
Apr 26

Thanks dear Fanka. We need to all take the responsibility.

Tamarack Verrall
May 01
May 01

Dear Geraldine,
Thank you for this call out for us all to pay attention to what waste we are creating when washable/re-useable products can be used instead, especially now, as you point out so well and justly, in countries like mine where waste is produced so unthinkingly and selfishly. We live in one world together on this magnificent earth and I hope that through this life-changing pandemic we will emerge with new ways. Those of us taking care here, are up against many who are used to waste, and a government that allowed us to think we were recycling when in fact it was being transported to countries as recycling when it was really mixed garbage. Please know many of us are working here to save our environment. Your call for action on this pushes me through your gentle loving words, to do more.
In sisterhood and love for the earth and each other,
Tam

Chinyere Kalu
May 06
May 06

Thanks for this beautiful reminder.
There will sure be ways of recycling these waste in time to come.I feel your heartbeat for the protection of the earth at this time.

Sinyuy Geraldine
May 06
May 06

Yes dear. We need to protect the environment. Stay safe.