Basic school children drawn from various schools from the Shama District of the Western Region have been tasked to be ambassadors of the environment.
As part of World Environment Day that falls on June 6 each year, with this year’s theme being “Beat Plastic Pollution ” ; the Opportunities Industrialisation Centres International (OICI ) with the support of the Tweneboa, Enyera, Ntomme ( TEN ) partners have organised a talk on the dangers of plastic on the environment for basic school pupils in Shama.
The Assembly member of Shama Apo, David Koomson , tasked the pupils to see themselves as agents of change and asked them to preach against dumping refuse at the seashore.
Hambal Adam , who is an assistant programmes officer of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), explained the purpose of the 3 Rs , in waste management ; Reuse, Reduce and Recycle to the school children ; “..Let’s all make concious effort, avoid throwing waste into the drains and external environment. .” ; the EPA official told the school kids.
An environmental officer for the Shama District, Rosemond Mantey in exemplifying the Reuse principle in waste management to the school kids , saidsince 2016 , Shama as a district has been separating its waste . She said the satchet water pack is reused to make boxes and bags placed in schools to collect used satchet packs.
The Project Manager of OICI, George Dorgbetor promised of a continuous advocacy on duty bearers to do the needful when it comes to the environment; “….you are the country’s future, the more reason why we are here on World Environment Day,” he told the gathering of school kids.
Some school kids who spoke to Empirefmonline said they have learnt to avoid burning plastics and refuse and utilize dust bins to dispose off refuse. Some asked factories to stop producing plastics and resort to paper packs.
OICI with the support of the TEN partners have been at the forefront of best environmental practices of the 6 coastal districts in the Western Region.