The “No Plastics, No Styrofoam Kids Summer Camp” was a unique summer activity in the Cayo district that had the patronage of Minister Omar Figueroa. In July, over 50 kids learned about conservation and participated in clean-up activities. Though school is now open for the kids, they got together to put their art works on display.
Reporter: “With lessons learned about the 2019 ban on styrofoam the kids from Bullet Tree are already exhibiting signs that they will keep the environment clean.”
Anita Tzec, Summer Camp Organizer: “I feel very happy that we held this camp. It was the first of its kind in our community and I feel it has come as a motivation for our kids. As you can see the kids are here, the parents are here they are very enthusiastic about it, we have started seeing changes in some of the families and some of the food businesses in the community so I think this camp has had a very important impact in our community.”
Annika Reyes, Student: “In the village people from town always come and throw their garbage right there and we always see the fish eating them and it doesn’t look nice. I’m thinking that every Saturday the kids from the camp get together and do a community clean up to clean the rivers, the streets, our neighborhoods.”
Sasil Penados, Student: “We learned not to throw garbage in the rivers and we learned to protect our animals. We went to the zoo to see the animals and to see that some of them were injured and e have to protect those who are getting endangered like the Tapirs.”
Reporter: “The camp had the support of Minister Omar Figueroa.”
Omar Figueroa, Minister of the Environment: “I’m extremely excited about what we saw and when you set out with these types of initiatives you know from the onset that the government can set out a policy initiative but at the end of the day if the country or the people don’t buy into it and try to make it happen it will be impossible to accomplish. The issue of plastics and styrofoams is recognized globally as one of the main environmental challenges. So when we come here to this meeting today to this gathering and to see what was accomplished from that workshop, to see that there is still a way forward is really encouraging; I think we are well on our way to implement this ban on June of 2019 according to what we set out to do.”
The exhibit is currently installed at the NICH House of Culture in San Ignacio Town, Cayo District. It is open to the public until the 18th of October.