Kabul, April 19, 2020;
On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of Earth Day on 22ndApril 2020, the Bureau for Rights Based Development (BRD), has planned to launch its advocacy event Community Action Against Plastic in Afghanistan, but due to the covid-19 pandemic and the need for physical distancing and lack down, the event has been canceled.
However, BRD will continue to engage with its partners, collaborator and target groups to celebrate 50th Anniversary of Earth Day digitally, by sending call for action to all for to taking simple action, which have positive impact on our environment, during this pandemic.
BRD will be joining the Lets Do It World for first ever digital cleanup day to celebrates the 50th anniversary of Earth Day on 22nd of April 2020!For the average citizen waste is often invisible, once it leaves our households, we don’t see it anymore. There is one type of waste that is invisible inside our own houses though -it’s the digital waste.
BRD under its culture heritage program completed damage assessment of culture heritage sites in Ghani and Ningarhar provinces of Afghanistan. 19 site (Stupas, Archaeological site, Historic Buildings) were found in need of repair/ protection. The assessment was conducted in collaboration with the Department of Culture Heritage in Afghanistan through generous support from Prince Clause Fond (PCF)
There are no official statistics on the number of casualties due to air pollution in Afghanistan, but according to the World Air Pollution Authority’s report, there are more than 26,000 deaths in Afghanistan in 2017 and according to UN statistics at the same year, 3483 civilians were killed as a result of the war in Afghanistan. Kabul, a city of about six million people, is considered one of the most polluted capitals in the world. Years of war and instability have ravaged the city’s infrastructure and left thousands struggling with poverty and displacement. In addition to running old cars in the city and consuming low-quality fuels, many families are working to combat the cold and cook food using coal, garbage and plastics.