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Boys’ Town All-Age learns to re-purpose plastic

Published:Thursday | June 15, 2017 | 6:00 AM
A Boys’ Town All Age School student plants a vegetable in her repurposed plastic pot.

 

STUDENTS OF Boys' Town All-Age School got an education in re-purposing plastic on World Environment Day recently, thanks to the newly formed Jamaica Climate Change Youth Council.

Members of the council visited the school where they taught 26 grade four students to re-purpose their used plastic bottles by converting them to plant pots.

Each student was then given a vegetable seedling from onion to sweet pepper, cucumber, callaloo, tomato, and red Indian pepper which they planted in their pots and can take home for the summer holidays.

"Me a big farmer you know!" one young boy was observed to have a said, in a release to the media.

The staff were not left out. Principal Sylvia Banks was as enthused as her students to plant her own little sweet pepper plant.

Director for the council Eleanor Terrelonge noted that it was important to start educating young persons about climate change and environmental protection at an early age.

The Jamaica Climate Change Youth Council, which operates under the social media handle @OurFootprintJA, consists of young volunteers, aged 15 to 35, who are passionate about spreading awareness about climate change and strategies to mitigate and adapt to its impacts.

"The council will continue to visit schools around the island to raise awareness about climate change and environmental protection, as well as engage more young persons in finding strategies to fight climate change," the entity told the media.