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Apr 23, 2015

Climate Change Environmental Club Launched

Five Belmopan High schools were the first in the Caribbean to initiate a network of school based environmental clubs with a strong climate change focus. The launch of the network is set to see hundreds of young people across the region more involved in raising awareness of climate change and implementing changes to encourage a cleaner, greener environment. News Five’s Andrea Polanco joined the students for the launch today in Belmopan, where she learned that climate change education can be fun and creative.

 

Andrea Polanco, Reporting

The Caribbean Community Climate Change Center and several partners launched the first ever Climate Change and Environment Club today in Belmopan. The aim is to sensitize young people about climate change, equip them with knowledge and capacity to share and ultimately, promote behavior change at all levels to positively impact the environment.

 

Tyrone Hall

Tyrone Hall, Communications Specialist, CCCCC

“Today, we are very pleased to launch a network of environmental clubs in five schools in Belize. It’s a network that we are building out in Belize and across the Caribbean. It started in Belmopan with these five schools. The objective of the network of club is to really bring young people into the discussion about climate change because they are one of the important stakeholders. Too many people don’t in the Caribbean don’t understand that there is a link between their individual actions and the broader image of climate change because it is such a nondescript distant idea to most people. So, we believe strategically if we get into the schools and talk with the young people and have them bring creative energies to it, their parents are going to interested, their teachers are going to be more interested and they are going to be doing field trips and big activities in their communities and will get more people involved and interested and I think that will generate some amount of change in Belize and the rest of the Caribbean.”

 

Luvia Castillo

Participating schools like Belmopan Comprehensive and Belmopan Methodist say they are excited to be a part of the network, and that the initiative will enable them to do more for the environment within their respective schools and community.

 

Luvia Castillo, Student, BCS

“I joined this because I have always liked to help the environment to make it beautiful. We all feel happy when we see our environment look beautiful and we would like to stop climate change because it affects us greatly.”

 

Carlos Tun

Carlos Tun, Teacher, BCS

“The Integrated Science curriculum itself lends to biology, ecology and environmental science, so actually it is good that the students are also being taught these things in school, so it is also a plus for that nuh; It’s a plus for us that we have the curriculum and also incorporate other knowledge such as this project.”

 

Andrea Polanco

“So, it’s a natural fit for students to transition into the club?”

 

Carlos Tun

“Yes, it’s natural and fits exactly what they want.”

 

Ashley Ramnarace

Ashley Ramnarace, Student, Belmopan Methodist High

“I really enjoy Science and enjoy anything to do with the environment and my future goals are to pursue things to save our planet and that’s mainly why I joined it. I am looking forward more to get my peers more involved into environmental work, cleaning up our school and it’s a new school right so pretty much to do get the school involved and cleaning up and like gardening and stuff.”

 

Hall says the initiative will engage students through interactive and educational exercises that will not only promote education, but also stimulate creativity and development.

 

Tyrone Hall

“We want them to go back to their schools, formally set up the clubs and work across the activities we’ve noted that they need to work around over the year across different themes and competitions that will define like the logo as well for the club and really use creative ideas to present climate change to people across the different thematic areas.”

 

Andrea Polanco

“Talk to us about some of the specific activities and exercises that the students will be doing?”

 

Tyrone Hall

“Oh great. We have them doing one of the demonstration activities which is a carbon foot print game, which is a fun way of letting them see how the different things they do like do you car pool or do you drink bottled water and what is the associated carbon foot print point. So, we’ve added different point on the weight to let them get a really fun idea of what carbon foot print is and it’s not just you going on an airline, for instance. We’ve done it with dominoes as well, which is a popular game in the region and played widely here in Belize. So we figured using tools like those would allow them to develop an interest to learn, without doing the usual boring things like opening a book or sitting in a lecture because I don’t think that would play well for young people.”

 

Reporting for News Five, I am Andrea Polanco.

 

There are approximately one hundred students from the Belmopan area who are a part of the network. The Caribbean Community Climate Change Center says it hopes to extend the network to the rest of the country over next year. 

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1 Response for “Climate Change Environmental Club Launched”

  1. Belizean says:

    Climate change is a scam people! Its the American invention of ripping off 3rd world countries. Before we get caught in their evil scheme we should do some research. There are volumes of evidence linking to tampering with the scientific research numbers, and the people admitting to it! Please read link:

    http://www.hirhome.com/climate_change/global_warming05.htm

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