SAC’s Young Earth Rangers champion recycling

Day 2024, the young students of the Church of St Anthony took a significant step towards environmental stewardship.

May 17, 2024

The children with their recycle paper.


By Elvina Fernandez
Day 2024, the young students of the Church of St Anthony took a significant step towards environmental stewardship. The students, ranging from kindergarten to secondary students, participated in a recycling campaign jointly organised by the Parish Integral Human Development Ministry (PIHDM) Ecology and Environment team and catechists.

The recycling campaign was aimed at inspiring the students to carry forward these lessons on environmental responsibility throughout their lives, influencing peers, family members, and the broader community. It also served as a reminder that everyone, regardless of age, can contribute to environmental conservation.

The initiative began with an enlightening session about the importance of 3R: Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle, and how these practices can help conserve natural resources, save energy, reduce landfill waste, and bring less harm to sea creatures. The students’ participation in this activity is a testament to their taking on the call to be responsible stewards of God’s creation.

Following the educational session, students were taught to segregate and place the recyclable items into labelled boxes to be brought to a recycling centre. The response was overwhelming, as students arrived with bags full of plastic bottles, old newspapers, cartons and aluminium cans, which they collected at home over the week.

The activity taught them valuable lessons on identifying recyclable items, waste segregation, recycling, and transforming their understanding of their role in preserving Mother Earth.

The activity also included a creative show-and-tell segment where students were shown bags and drinking bottle holders made of recyclable materials. This segment, by the Ecology and Environment team, aimed to instil the concept of reuse and demonstrated that what is considered waste can be transformed into something useful in our daily lives. The activity concluded with a photography session to document their initiative as eco rangers of the church

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