School does its bit for the environment

2019-08-06 06:00
High school learners show their commitment during the Eco-Warriors Club clean-up.

High school learners show their commitment during the Eco-Warriors Club clean-up.

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Camps Bay High School is determined to play its role in protecting and promoting a healthy environment.

The school’s Eco-Warriors Environmental Club embarked on their fourth beach clean-up on Thursday 25 July.

Princess Beach, the area right in front of the school’s premises, was selected for the clean-up and the results were astonishing.

Kathleen Drew, the head of the club, said they removed plenty of micro (small) plastics, lollypop sticks, sweet wrappers and cigarette butts.

“It is amazing how much trash you can collect in a short time. These items are particularly harmful to animals who mistake them for food,” Drew said.

She said it began to rain just as everyone started to get into it.

The club has 38 members dedicated to establishing solutions to environmentally threatening situations. They hope to get as many people as possible involved, starting with their fellow learners.

Iona van der Westhuizen, a member, said they have opened the clean-up operations to all who would like to get involved, share their announcements or advertise their initiatives. Van der Westhuizen said they are slowly gaining more support from other schools and the public.

The club also ensures each class has an eco-friendly bin where learners can dump their trash. The eco-warriors sort the waste and identify those items suitable for recycling. A local company collects the recyclable waste for free.

For the members, it is such a relief knowing that, even though the school is close to the beach, they do not pose a threat to marine life. The club is also planning to participate in the annual school strike for climate change on Friday 20 September.

Their long-term plan is to remove the use of plastic at the school. They are in discussions to come up with plans of executing this initiative without inconveniencing anyone.

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