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OUR POLLUTED PLANET

Pollution is destroying our planet.
It is everywhere; in our rivers, oceans, land and air.

THE PLASTIC PROBLEM

"Plastic is suffocating our earth. It has become one of the greatest environmental issues of our time."

Plastic of all kinds finds its way into rivers and oceans. There it contaminates drinking water and kills river and sea life. When burned, plastic releases toxic chemicals that have serious health implications such as respiratory diseases.

THE ELECTRICITY DEFICIT

"Myanmar desperately needs more electricity.
The question is how will we get it?"


As well as hydropower, fossil fuels like coal, gas and oil are being used to meet the energy deficit. These fossil fuels are bad news for people and nature. They are dangerous to harvest, cause deforestation, and pollute our air and water.

UNSUSTAINABLE INDUSTRY

“A boom in industry has lead to a spike in air and water pollution."

Small-scale industries are having big impacts on nature - they are flushing toxic waste-water into our great rivers, killing fish and contaminating drinking water. Meanwhile industrial zones are pumping out toxic chemicals, risking the health and even lives of everyone living nearby.

THE GOOD NEWS

Everyone has a role to play in solving this problem. Together, we can protect our planet from pollution.

PEOPLE TAKING ACTION AGAINST PLASTIC

"Myanmar has just become one of the latest countries to join the global fight against plastic."

An inspiring grassroots movement across the country has brought people together to take action against plastic pollution. The idea is simple: use less, reuse more, and don’t litter. Why? For the health of our people, our wildlife and the beauty of our home. The exciting part is that every one of us can do our bit toward a plastic free Myanmar.

Solar-powered villages

"A few small villages across rural Myanmar are proving that Myanmar's future can be sustainably electrified."

Myanmar is fortunate to have abundant renewable energy resources, enough to provide clean, green energy to the entire country. We have the choice to harness the power of the sun to electrify every village in Myanmar, stop pollution and keep our air clean for generations to come. In 2017 WWF started on this vision by installing home solar power units into 235 houses in rural Tanintharyi.

Industry incentives for sustainability

"Sustainable practices in Myanmar’s growing industries will aid and protect the country’s development journey.”

Sustainable production is better for both people and the industries themselves. By improving production practices we can protect the future of Myanmar’s industries and with low cost measures achieve energy efficiency of 20-30%.

We have three programme teams working toward ending pollution in Myanmar Green Economy, Climate and Energy and Sustainable Business.