Earth Day: Environmental & Climate Literacy
Each year on April 22nd, the world celebrates Earth Day, this year the Earth Day campaign is Environmental & Climate Literacy. The goal of this initiative is to educate all students around the world to ensure that they graduate high school as an environmental and climate literate citizen. Through this education we hope to see children taking action and speaking up for the right decisions to be made in order to save our planet from treats such as overfishing, deforestation, mass animal extinction, greenhouse gasses rising, and ice caps melting.
Here at Soneva Fushi we are excited to get everyone involved today to celebrate the world and to try to make it a better place to live in.
Starting early in the morning, all hosts were welcome and encouraged to join in a massive beach clean in Maalhos. This is the neighboring island where we have started working on a drinking water system to provide clean drinking water year-round, as well as the location of our latest Learn to Swim program. Despite being an exemplary local island, with an inspiring waste centre, we filled over 25 bags of trash in less than an hour, and there was still more trash to be picked up. A good amount of garbage washes up on the shores from the ocean… The kids and their moms did an amazing job helping out and it was great to see them so enthusiastic about cleaning up their swimming beach. This beach clean will help educate the community about the importance of reducing litter, trash separation, and harms of plastic in the seas.
The Waste to Wealth Eco Centro of Soneva Fushi invited all guests to come on a tour to gain enlightenment about the amount of waste we can reuse for practical purposes. We repurpose almost 90% of our waste, such as egg crates to fire starters, wood scraps to charcoal, glass to be recycled into beautiful works of art, cement blocks mixed with Styrofoam, and much much more.
Within our own Soneva family, we set up a “Bin It” game where hosts tossed trash into the correct recycling bags from a distance. It was a very informative game, especially since most people didn’t know which categories tetra packs and cardboard should be separated into.
With the kids in tow we took a trip to The Den to plant seedlings and trees that will be grown and used for years to come. The kids will be able to see how much their plants grown each time they come back!
Earth Day at Soneva Fushi was a blast! And educational! We hope you got involved with your local community to educate and be educated!
Let your voices be heard and stand up for what needs to be done to protect this changing world.
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