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Green Scouts Launched In Lautoka

Fiji’s first Green Scouts Movement was officially launched yesterday at Saweni Beach in Lautoka with its first batch of 150 green scouts. Green scouts principle researcher Ajantha Perera said the
14 Nov 2015 10:30
Green Scouts Launched In Lautoka
Green scouts and members of the public before the clean up at Saweni beach in Lautoka yesterday.Photo: SALOTE QALUBAU

Fiji’s first Green Scouts Movement was officially launched yesterday at Saweni Beach in Lautoka with its first batch of 150 green scouts.

Green scouts principle researcher Ajantha Perera said the scouts movement was an important movement in the world and it was being brought to Fiji so that people become leaders through the green scout’s movement

“What we have done is to bring the environmental protection work into the scouts movement in Fiji. We are going to start by giving them small certificates, badges and then awards,” she said.

“This is a whole year initiative even from the cub scouts to the mature scouts and even to the higher level, what we are trying to do really is to bring out a decent group of people into protecting the environment.”

Ms Perera said the movement would benefit Fiji because of climate change issues.

“We really need to have a generation who cares about the environment, a generation who knows what to do rather than waiting for disaster to happen. They will plan for it beforehand,” she said.

“This initiative has never happened anywhere else in the world except in Fiji so as part of a training programme for the green scouts, we will get them to clean Saweni Beach and they will select an area where they want to clean.”

She said participants of the clean-up initiative would set up garbage bins made from waste products.

“We also want to make the beach useable for 52,200 people in Lautoka because we can’t afford to lose it,” she said.

“The green scout’s movement will also create an eco-park here so they will also learn the skills of environment protection and thereafter will go back to their schools and do their own projects.”

She said participants also included members of Lawaki village.

“We are one big team because we want to really make sure that Saweni Beach will develop to be an eco-park and the green scouts will be responsible in taking care of it,” she said.

“Also the Lawaki villagers will help us put up a rest room and showers so that people who use the beach can use the rest rooms as well, but they will have to pay. Also there will be a cafeteria and a bure to show the cultural aspect of Lawaki Village.”

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