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Modou Fall, an eco-warrior in Dakar, Senegal, dons his colorful cape made entirely of plastic bags he has collected from the sea. Mr. Fall, also known as "Plastic Man," is on a heroic quest to rid Senegal's capital of the pervasive plastic waste that plagues its waterways, beaches, and streets. Pinned to his chest is a sign boldly declaring "NO PLASTIC BAGS." In response to this pressing issue, the Senegalese government implemented a plastic product ban in 2020. However, enforcement remains a struggle, and
Modou Fall, also known as "Plastic Man," dons a colorful cape made of plastic bags he collected from the ocean.

Modou Fall, also known as "Plastic Man," dons a colorful cape made of plastic bags he collected from the ocean. On a quest to rid Senegal's capital of plastic waste that clogs waterways, beaches, and streets to improve food security, he is educating local fishermen, the government, and the private sector through community meetings, organized cleanups, and his dramatic presence. Pinned to his chest is a "No Plastic Bags" sign. The Senegalese government implemented a plastic product ban in 2020 in response to this pressing issue. Senegal is projected to produce over 700,000 metric tons of mismanaged plastic waste by 2025. 

Plastic Man

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Photographer Gabe Gentry
Copyright © 2023 Gabe Gentry for Winrock International

Country Senegal
Topics Green Cities, Marine, Coastal, Education

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