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Schoolchildren make a strong statement on the environment

Published:Sunday | June 23, 2019 | 12:15 AMChristopher Serju - Sunday Gleaner Writer

This year’s entries at the Jamaican Environmental Trust’s (JET) School Environment Programme so impressed and touched a chord with the judges that chief judge Christine O’Sullivan was forced to comment on the standard.

“We are always blown away by how much you know, how much effort you put into the topic, and again, this is just down to you the parents and teachers who have put in a hell of lot of work.

“We love how you incorporated dub poetry and songs into your presentation because it shows that you were able to apply the information that you were able to unearth, and we appreciate the fact that you addressed real-world problems and came up with solutions to problems that were affecting you,” she noted.

To this end, if they had a problem with mosquitoes they came up with environmentally friendly solutions. The one critique would be that they find a few more local research sources to be able to look at problems within Jamaica, but overall, they impressed.

“You put in a tremendous amount of work, and it showed because we know it is not easy to present to people all the research you have done, but you handled it extremely well,” O’Sullivan said.

“You always give me hope because of your enthusiasm for the environment, and you always find solutions to the problems that we are facing, indicating that we are leaving the world in much better hands because you are more environmentally aware and you will take that into consideration for the decisions that you make in the future. Thanks also to your teachers and parents.”

christopher.serju@gleanerjm.com