We know there’s trash lying around. But in order to clean it up, we first have to get a clear picture of the situation. Mapping (Using Remote Sensing and GIS) can give us the exact location, amount, and type of garbage. This is essential to organize the logistics and the handling for clean-up by the Government, other agencies and NGOs. After it’s gone, this data is great for tracking our progress, and keeping tabs on these dump sites for the future.
But that’s not all. Perhaps the most important reason to map is to spread the message. If seeing is believing, then looking at a virtual map of overflowing trash sites will help open our eyes to the problem. And, hopefully, inspire people around to join us and do something about it.
Every year, 20 million tons of garbage is added to our oceans, 80% of it from mainland waste. That’s like dumping over 710,000 Boeing 737 airplanes into the ocean…each year.
Getting an exact measurement of how much waste has ended up in nature is difficult. But think about this. Out of the 1.3 billion tonnes of household waste generated per year, only about 258-368 million tons of trash end up in one of the 50 largest dumpsites. Where is the rest of it? (0.54Kg of waste is generated per day per person in Akure in Ondo state)
Under the YouthMappers; we are Capitalizing on web-based open geospatial technologies to solve this problem, our mission is to cultivate a generation of young leaders to create resilient communities and to define their world by Mapping it.
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