Student wants environmental studies in schools

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Miss Woodford International School Mikaella Villanueva who came out First Runner up of Miss Nature 2017 presenting her speech on Friday

BY JARED KOLI

SCHOOLS within the country have been urged to implement environmental studies in schools to exchange the mindset of students and care for the environment.

This was echoed by Woodford International School year 9 student and Miss Nature 2017 first runner up Mikaella Villanueva.

For Years, despite all the ‘reuse, reduce, recycle’ advocacies and efforts, change is still unnoticeable, Ms Villanueva said.

Presenting her speech at the Miss Nature 2017 pageant show on Friday, the environment advocator said waste management will continue to be a key challenge for the present and future generations of our people.

The main offender here – plastic bags and bottled water, that are used only for a few minutes but lasts between five hundred to a thousand years.

“It is an eyesore – but is definitely one of our own concoctions, through suffocation and digestion off plastic, thousands of animals and marine life are killed,” Ms Villanueva stressed.

She suggested that that the time to end unsustainable exploitation of our oceans is now.

“Therefore, schools should implement environmental studies in schools to exchange the mindset of students and care for the environment.

“So much awareness has been made to save and protect our environment but I ask you this. We cannot deny the fact that we all are guilty of this.

“Let us save the environment for it is the only way to save us. Say ‘NO’ to plastics,” Ms Villnuev said.

She said in this generation, unsustainable fishing practices causes destruction of habitats and endanger countless species.