Preparing for the Impending Ban on Single-Use Plastics- Part 1

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Preparing for the Impending Ban on Single-Use Plastics- Part 1

 

It seems as though a new gruesome image or video of a marine animal suffocated by plastics gets uploaded to social media every day. By now, you have probably heard the stories of marine animals being washed up on shore with their stomachs full of plastics. These stories and images are graphic, but often, we may catch ourselves thinking: if plastics are so bad, then why do we continue to use and produce them? Plastics are easy to use and transport materials. It is impossible to imagine life without them; just take a look around you. However, plastics actually have far-reaching, negative effects on the environment prompting the international community to rethink how we use and dispose of these materials, especially single-use plastics. As Guyana continues to transform itself into a Green State, the country has announced that by 2021, there will be a ban on single-use plastics. Within the next few weeks, the Environmental Protection Agency will write a series of articles on single-use plastics with the intention of keeping the public up to date as we move towards phasing out these materials.

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7Th Annual Environmental Education Workshop For Teachers

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 Forty nine trained in EPA's 7th Annual Environmental Education Workshop for Teachers

Education is the foundation for progress and teachers are key to laying that foundation. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recognizes competent teachers as an asset in the national and global movement for advancing environmental education and awareness in all spheres of society.  This has motivated, the conduct of impactful teacher training workshops to stimulate the integration of environmental education into the school curriculum. First conducted in 2009, the teacher environmental education workshop has now become an annual activity on the EPA’s calendar.

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EPA opens first regional office in Whim, Berbice

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Press Release –EPA opens first regional office in Whim, Berbice

April 25, 2019- The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) commissioned its first regional office at Whim Village, East Berbice – Corentyne. This milestone achievement signals EPA’s commitment to its mandate to oversee the sustainable use of Guyana’s environmental resources.  This physical expansion will directly support the compliance of business operations in the wider Berbice area, allowing face to face support during the Environmental Authorisation process, timely monitoring inspections, investigation of complaints, and emergency response.

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EPA staff gets Internship from Mexican Embassy

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 EPA staff gets Internship from Mexican Embassy

Environmental Officer within the Technical Secretariat of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Ms. Savitri Itwaru is the EPA’s first beneficiary of internship through bilateral cooperation with the Mexican Embassy in Guyana. Ms.Itwaru has commenced her three weeks internship with the Mexican Agency for Security, Energy and Environment (ASEA) on November 12, 2018. ASEA was established in 2015, as a regulatory agency within Mexico’s Ministry of the Environment, to oversee industrial safety, operational security, and environmental protection relative to the extractive industries, and foster sustainable development. In its short time of operating, ASEA has managed over 300 oil platforms, six refineries with over 60,000 km of pipeline, and more than 100 oil and gas storage facilities.

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