We are living in a time where the world is rapidly beginning to realize and understand the importance of being environmentally conscious in our actions, words and lifestyle as a whole. Institutions such as the UN are already pushing campaigns to raise more awareness about the need to “Go Green”. UVA is not being left out as it joins in on the campaign by tasking Nigerian Teenagers to take care of the environment. There were three ways in which they could participate in this:
- Bring your friends together to pick up at least 20 recyclable bottles in your community
- Take a picture of somewhere in your community that needs to be beautified
- Bring your friends together to clean your surroundings.
As expected, we received incredible entries from our very energetic and inspiring teenagers.
Ayomide Abagun shared his experience: “Armed with hand gloves, shovels, rakes, bin bags and brooms, me and my friends took a trip to the environ of a nearby primary school that was in serious need of clean-up and beautification. As we posed for this picture, we were wondering how the kids were able to learn in such an unkempt environment! We didn’t stop there…We cleaned it all up”.
@soperules got busy by watering the plants around his house. Stanley Nelson started an incredible initiative and shared it with us: “Its a privilege being a change facilitator. I woke up this morning with a desire to do something. And I decided to do a ‘trash to cash program’. Yes I’ll be recycling some trash and possibly turn them into usable products that I’ll sell and i have decided to use the income to start up a new club called ‘GREEN TEEN’ the prospect of the club would be to basically sanitize the environment and also create sensitization for the public so as to prevent indiscriminate waste disposal.
Karimat Sowemimo joined the recycling drive and shared her thoughts on the environment: “Earl Nightingale once said Our environment, the world in which we live and work, is a mirror of our attitudes and expectations”. Sheila Anyadiegwu expressed her mixed feelings about the terrible state of some areas: “Today was fun for me but at the same time heartbreaking because of some things I saw today… I went to the slum area and to be honest it was chaos”
Great job from everyone who participated, it is great to see teenagers investing time, energy and concern to ensuring a clean environment. #UVADaysofChange is slowly drawing to a close with just two days to go. Remember it is never too late to participate. Tomorrow it’s all about self empowering with tasks centered on entrepreneurship. We look forward to your entries!!!