Learners of Nomzamo High School agree that the school’s eco club they are belong to has helped them respect nature.They say they now view trees and plants in a different light after joining the environmental club, and know the different roles these play in the circle of life.On Friday 16 August the school had a visit from the Cape Town Environmental Trust, an occasion marked by the planting of trees in the school garden.Neill Carelse, the Life Sciences teacher for the school’s senior grades, says with the poor socio-economy of the area and other factors the club kept learners busy as they also have also gotten their hands dirty in the cultivation of a food garden.“It helps them because they have something that they can call their own,” he says. “This club takes these learners on outings and, in the meantime, exposes them to vegetation and trees. The eco club helps them understand and value the importance of trees. They now know you can’t just go around cutting trees as they help with oxygen and keep the atmosphere balanced.”Avuyile Mehlo, a Grade 10 learner, learnt the importance of taking care of plants. “We have different plants and trees that play an important role in our lives as human beings. So we need nature and to take care of our environment at all times.”She said the eco club at the school also helped her in her studies, especially in Geography and Life Sciences.Established at the beginning of the year, the club also organises outings to learn more about ecology and the environment.