Yo cuido mi playa is a project, which takes place once a month, which helps to ‘sensitise’ local youth to environmental issues, and therefore the importance of the environment. This can be considered a key component of sustainable development, which means to leave to the future generations the same opportunities that we face today.The Yo cuido mi playa that took place on the 12th of August 2016 was designed to help the kids to understand what could have been recycled. In addition, they also received a talk by anglers who explained to them the increase of the algae population.
After receiving that, the kids were divided into 4 groups each one with a group leader fluent in Spanish and with an assistant. The team leader of the activity explained to them what can be recycled and what could have not. The kids had quite a good idea about what can and cannot be recycled. The only uncertainty was represented by the plastic bags. As they were not sure about it and so were not their parents. The good knowledge of the environment that they possess showed that they receive some sort of environmental education in particular in their science classes. However, their parents were not aware of many environmental features. Thus, showing that the new generations are for making the difference in the future.
Two bins were used to collect the waste on the beach, the first one was used for no recyclable material and the second one was used for material that could be recycled. They activity was carried out for around 20 minutes. The beach was very dirty showing that the care about the environment is poor. However, the kids did a very good job underlying the importance of environmental education on new generations. At the end of the afternoon, Otra Cosa Network provided to each of the young participants a canvas bag. The day overall was really successful and the kids seemed to have had a lot of fun.
Written by Michel Bolaboto