In November, Clean Green Cambodia hold an environmental workshop with 25 students at Angkor High School for them to become “ECO-warriors”. Through this workshop, we aimed to make them understand the current environmental issues in Cambodia and to empower them so that they can take actions and share knowledge with their communities.
The training covered three topics: Nature & Environment, Climate Change, and Waste Management, and included interactive games. Teaching about waste is particularly important given that the population has been used for centuries to throw away or burn their organic waste as this would easily degrade in the environment. However, with the introduction of plastic in the last decades, the Khmer population has kept this practice, without knowing the dangerous impact of plastic on marine life or of breathing its toxic fume when burnt. Education is therefore one of the main keys to address this issue so that people can take on better measures and raise awareness around them.
Following the workshop, our Eco-Warriors came to the Water Festival to inform the people about the impact of plastic, by asking them questions on the time it takes for plastic items, such as Styrofoam/takeaway box, to degrade in the environment (answer if you were wondering: more than 1 million years!).
The young girls took this activity at heart, and even organised a spontaneous clean up in the street! But it does not stop here, the next steps are for them to go in other classes and give workshops about environmental awareness so that other students feel also empowered to make a change as they all are the future of Cambodia.
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