30 October 2020 — DeSmog UK
The East African country has since gone one further, celebrating this year’s World Environment Day in June by banning single-use plastic in all beaches, forests and conservation areas.
But campaigners are worried Kenya could start going in the opposite direction if the American Chemistry Council, a powerful petrochemicals industry body, gets its way.
The lobby group has been pressuring US officials to use a new trade deal being negotiated between the two countries as a chance to make Kenya a hub for the supply of US-made chemicals and plastics across the continent.
The ACC has form on this: it’s also been working to strip back environmental regulations in the UK as part of post-Brexit US-UK trade talks.
And it’s a backer of the American Legislative Exchange Council, a free-market network with a long history of casting doubt on climate science and drumming up opposition to emissions-reduction policies in US states.
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