World Environment Day is the UN’s most important day for encouraging worldwide awareness and action for the protection of our environment. Since it began in 1974, it has grown to become a global platform for public outreach that is widely celebrated in over 100 countries.
“Beat Plastic Pollution”, the theme for World Environment Day 2018, is a call to action for all of us to come together to combat one of the great environmental challenges of our time. The theme invites us all to consider how we can make changes in our everyday lives to reduce the heavy burden of plastic pollution on our natural places, our wildlife – and our own health. While plastic has many valuable uses, we have become over reliant on single-use or disposable plastic – with severe environmental consequences.
How does CTEET embrace this theme? We aim to inspire the youth to become environmental champions and stand up for nature! We work with over 40 schools around Cape Town, supporting in-school environmental projects, leading workshops, day programmes, outings and overnight camps. Teaching children about plastic pollution and how to play an active role in reducing waste is a major theme in our environmental education programmes. We also host and take part in clean-ups and action days.
Join us on 15 September for the International Coastal Clean-up in partnership with Let’s Do It Africa or book an environmental education programme to celebrate World Environment Month now!