Clean City Start from You
During my regular cycling tour this morning, I have seen many banners hanging on the “fence” of the Peace Palace, which is served as the Office of the Prime Minister and venue for International Conference. Those banners address the issues of clean environment and clean city and the responsibility of each citizen to contribute to make this objective happened. Some banners stated: “Clean City Start from You”, All for Clean City, Clean City for All”, “Clean City is Tourists First Choice” and “Clean City: Green Path for Sustainability of Urban Tourism Development”. The slogans are good and may be true, but how to implement it, is more important? Or it takes time and courage to do it, started from you, your family, your own house, your organization, your community or your area of responsibility, your friends etc.
We can observe in today Cambodia; that most Cambodians, both rural or urban, rich and poor, young or old; are little aware of the environment (protection) and waste management. People just throw litter/garbage where they produced. They would like to get rid of it immediately. It does not matter if it is on the streets, from the car’s window, into the waterway, in the parks or into the sewage canals. It causes harm to the environment, pollute the surroundings (water, air etc), create health problems and it looks nasty along the roads and villages. Especially, when you come to area closer to the markets and urban areas, you can see piles of garbage lying everywhere. It is disturbing and a shame at the same time.
It is such a bad behavior, which needed to be addressed at every level. The Ministry of Tourism has started the campaign “Clean City, Clean Resort, Good Service” several years ago. Even the Prime Minister talked about sound waste management in the public spaces and urge people to keep litters in the bins during the Inauguration of the second “Skybridge” on 06.01.12. in Phnom Penh.
Authority started to fine people who do not comply with the regulation imposed by the inter-ministerial “Prakas” on environmental protection. In some provinces and along the beaches, volunteers, NGOsand provincial authorities started the campaign to clean the city to raise awareness and set example for other people.
Some TV programs start awareness raising program to educate people. Some private companies also started to encourage less plastic bags and and…The Ministry of Education needs to introduce program to educate kids from the very early ages concerning proper behavior and how to love, to preserve and to protect our environment in the long run.