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Use Your Initiative, Pick Rubbish, Says Essay Winner

  People should at least show initiative by picking up rubbish that are strewn over our environment. This was a key point highlighted by June Sakopo, a major category winner
22 Sep 2018 10:00
Use Your Initiative, Pick Rubbish, Says Essay Winner
June Sakopo (left) recieves her her award by the Director of USP Lautoka Campus Pramila Devi at USP Lautoka Campus on September 19, 2018. Photo: Yogesh Chand

 

People should at least show initiative by picking up rubbish that are strewn over our environment.

This was a key point highlighted by June Sakopo, a major category winner of the World Environment Day Essay Competition.

The Jasper Williams High School Year 13 student’s topic for this year’s competition was “Beat Plastic Pollution”.

“The initiative by people to pick up litter or plastics that are left scattered around the environment helps minimise rubbish and plastic pollution,” Sakopo said.

“People should use coffee mugs instead of plastic straws in restaurants to reduce the amount of plastic used on an average day.

“This can only be made possible if various restaurants are willing to adapt to the change as well.

“Also, the use of personal bags when shopping can reduce the amount of plastics in the environment,” she said.

Sakopo said more awareness on the issue had been prevalent, however it was imperative that people really took the littering problem seriously.

“Government is also reaching out to small communities to educate people on the consequences of plastic pollution,” she said.

“A major nuisance to the environment plastic bags when disposed of carelessly can lead to dire consequences such as destruction to marine organisms.

“Marine organisms may feed on plastic bags mistakenly as food, this causes marine organisms to choke and suffocate as plastics are indigestible.”

Any increase in unpleasant odors was also a byproduct.

“Careless dumping of plastic bags contributes to the blockage of drains that causes an unpleasant or bad odor to society,” she said.

Her assessment is that it is everyone’s responsibility to look after our environment.

Twenty-six students took part in the competition from schools throughout Lautoka.

The winning participants were given their prizes at the University of the South Pacific Lautoka Campus on September 19, 2018.

Edited by Percy Kean

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