Pretoria, 19 September 2019. With the Climate Action movement at hand, UNIC Pretoria attended the first “Go Green Arcadia” initiative hosted by the Faculty of Science at Tshwane University of Technology, Arcadia Campus, Pretoria. The event was a collaboration between the Tshwane University of Technology and Waste Plan, which is a local recycling company in Pretoria.
During the event, students registered, collected refuse bags and collected waste material outside the premises of the university. Waste Plan, provided students with waste gloves, which the students used to collect the waste. On return from the waste collection exercise, the students took part in an interactive game where students were divided into groups to sort the waste that had been collected into the different types of waste categories. The group that sorted its waste the quickest received prizes in the form of t-shirts, water bottles and other freebies.
As part of the university’s “Caps for Wheels” initiative, all bottle-caps that were collected during the clean-up were separated from the waste and will be delivered to listed recycling companies in exchange for money to purchase a wheelchair for a disabled student.
Pick-n-Pay, Tramshed branch, provided the students with water, fruits and other refreshments for the day, while UNIC distributed UN information material and a quiz, where the students answered questions on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The students and UNIC staff signed a pledge and encouraging message on the green “environment t-shirt”, which the university will display on the main campus wall to encourage others to join in the movement towards making Arcadia Campus greener and cleaner.
The university also hopes that once the project gains support, it will get the lecturers involved and host the event twice a month and, be able to conduct a clean-up which extends to other Campuses of Tshwane University of Technology.
In the lead up to the Youth Climate Summit, the Climate Summit and the Climate Week, the project is a good example of young people ‘leading by example’ and taking action to safeguard the planet.