A small landslip at Lalomanu last week attracted the attention of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MNRE), but not as much as the distress at the litter they stumbled into.
The Tuiolemu area was littered with mostly plastic rubbish that was a big disappointment for the MNRE Chief Executive Officer, Ulu Bismarck Crawley.
After the success of a ‘greening’ awareness campaign during the Pacific Games, the show of little regard for a cleaner environment, was a let down.
“It is a challenging situation and calls for collective actions of communities, village councils and Government,” CEO Ulu reacted to Newsline Samoa enquiries.
The challenge is for the MNRE to meet but success depends largely on the support of everyone and CEO Ulu is making that appeal.
“The management of our litter problem is part of our national vision to keep Samoa Clean so it becomes an obligation for everyone.
“In moving forward we shall build on that national message to work together at all levels, youth, women, matai, church and everyone.”
The MNRE role represents Government but the village communities have their own structure of authority to rely on for support.
Ulu admitted that the Pacific Games was indeed a chance for the country to shine and should continue as Greening of Samoa was not only for one day only.
He appealed to the village of Lalomanu and other places where littering is a problem, to align with the government’s vision.
“The games was a golden opportunity for us to showcase our efforts to manage waste but it is a national program through the Ministry which continues not just a one off project.
For Lalomanu and other villages, we would like to see more active engagement of the Pulenu’u, Women and Youth Rep to help us.”
“It means for MNRE to continually build the awareness on the management of waste and rubbish in partnership with the Ministry of Women and Social Development to reach the communities through the Pulenu’u. We rely on the Pulenu’u for the success of our work in the communities.”