Pupils taught about nature preservation

2015-06-11 06:01
PHOTO: nokulunga ngobese

Ashdown Primary teachers and pupils with representatives from various departments during the schooland#039;s environmental awareness campaign on Friday.

PHOTO: nokulunga ngobese Ashdown Primary teachers and pupils with representatives from various departments during the schooland#039;s environmental awareness campaign on Friday.

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CELEBRATING World Environment Day, Ashdown library and the Duzi Umngeni Conservation Trust (Duct) on Friday hosted an environmental awareness campaign at Ashdown Primary.

The campaign, which was done in partnership with the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism and Songimvelo project, was aimed at teaching pupils about the importance of preserving water, and nature.

Zakhele Mdunge from Duct said since South Africa has been identified as a water-scarce country, there is a dire need for water preservation.

Hlelo Mbhense from the Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism said: “Under the theme ‘7 billion, one planet, consume with care’, we want to encourage our young ones about the importance of taking care of the environment.

“Our lifestyles have changed which has somehow impacted negatively on the environment. There is a huge water problem in the country. Based on research findings, by 2050 the more the population we have in the country, the more nature will be affected.

“We need to preach the gospel of nature preservation from the time our children are young so they can pass it on to the elderly. We need to teach them about water preservation and recycling.”

Songimvelo Project CEO, Hugo Ngcobo, said in a bid to contribute towards waste minimisation, they visit schools around the city and give pupils lectures on conserving nature.

“We encourage recycling by putting a price tag on waste. By doing so, people will have a sense of pride towards taking part in waste minimisation.

“The Msunduzi Municipality landfill site receives 600 tons of waste every day, and if this continues there will be no space for waste. People should learn about creative ways of preserving waste, such as recycling,” said Ngcobo.

Ward councillor Dumisani Phungula encouraged pupils to play a role in ensuring that their parents preserve water

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