At this stage of events, there is no doubt about the urgent need to contribute -from a personal point of view-, a grain of sand to take care of the environment, and not thinking about the future, but about the present. Undoubtedly, children and young people will be the most apt to implement this change in mentality, and in the province it is the 412 school environmental clubs promoted by law through the Environment Secretariat and the Ministry of Education, who have a leading role. They are distributed in all departments with an estimated participation of at least 10,000 students and teachers.
“These Clubs have become a great environmental educational strategy due to their uninterrupted continuity and numerical growth, but above all, due to their great acceptance and appropriation in the educational community of San Juan,” says Susana Carrizo, director of Environmental Education of the Secretary Environment and Sustainable Development.
They all work on different topics and in a very active way. One of them is the environmental club of the EPET No. 5 of Capital, which emerged in 2017, with projects that are renewed year after year. “The theme is changing based on the concerns presented by the children and the educational community in general. It is made up of two teacher guides and a commission of up to 15 members, but volunteers have also joined our club,” says Noelia Munizaga , a Geography teacher, who together with Juan Garrido, a History teacher, guide the students in this task, with the coordination of the Regent Magíster Adela Varas and the director Raúl López.
From that moment until now, students 4¦1¦; 4¦2¦; 5¦1¦ and 5¦2, plus those who join as volunteers, carry out a campaign to collect eco bottles, which they take to a recycling center, and award prizes to the children most committed to the environmental crusade.
“In addition, together with the library, we carry out environmental anniversary activities, such as August 29, which is Arbor Day, and so on. For October we plan to hold a drawing contest, among other planned tasks,” he says. The teacher.
Young people have full participation in both ideas and actions, which is why they have also formed a whatsapp group, and an Instagram profile where all the volunteers participate to make contributions.
The next objective is to plant trees in the schoolyard, for which they will previously receive talks on land preparation and plant care, which will be given by teachers and students from an invited agrotechnical school.
A part of the members of the environmental club are of the “Use of Alternative Energies” orientation, so without a doubt they have a conscious view of caring for the environment, they put a lot of enthusiasm into the activities and raise concerns about the current problems of their environment.
“The environmental contents are developed in the 4th year curricular space, as well as the activities of surveying the land in a geographical area around the school. The contaminants of the soil, air and water are identified; then it is mapped. information through symbols in sketches drawn by them. Later they must propose solutions to all the problems observed and show the works by audiovisual means, photos or whatever they decide. Thus, we seek to raise awareness about the care of the environment of the geographical space close to them”, explains Noelia.
Santa Barbara de Pocito
Another of the schools that works fully on this issue is Santa Bárbara de Pocito with its project “Let’s take care of our common home”, which is carried out by 4¦C students with a Social orientation and consists of separating waste for its next recycling. They are guided by Cecilia Ferreyra, Chemistry teacher and accompanied by the director Mirtha Tello and the vice Marcela Luna.
“This project arose from the very clear conviction that we have that this is our home, that’s why we have to take care of it. To meet that goal, we must provide the tools and knowledge so that young people can be carriers and disseminators in their family and community. They are convinced that we can remedy damage already done and prevent others, that is why they are so enthusiastic. In addition to what the project points out, specific things are also done on certain dates, such as for Water Day. boys from all the courses to assume a personal and group commitment to take care of the water from now on. Thus, each group proposed goals that were written in drawn drops of water”, indicates Cecilia, the guiding teacher.
One of the members of this team, very committed to disseminating all the tools and knowledge necessary to care for the environment, is 16-year-old Melany Infante. She maintains that she is very happy to participate in this proposal. “It is really beautiful to internalize the environmental problems that we have and thus be able to inform and make other students aware of what is happening. Clearly nature is telling us that we must change, we cannot continue using, throwing away and polluting, that is why from the school we intend to seek environmental sustainability both in the institution and in the surrounding environment. For that we have set ourselves the goal of raising awareness in the community in everything related to the three R’s -reduce, reuse and recycle-. It is a grain of sand that contribute to take care of the common home that is the planet Earth”, he comments.
One of the goals is for families to opt for recyclable shopping bags and avoid plastic ones; as well as the classification of organic and inorganic waste to facilitate recycling; take a shower in no more than 10 minutes; avoid wasting water in domestic use among other concepts that aim to care for the planet.
Julieta López, 15, is another of the students who shares this space with her fourth-year classmates. She says that “when Professor Ferreyra called me for this project I was very happy because it is a contribution for us and future generations. I am convinced of what we are doing because as students we can be multiplying agents of the community because it is everyone’s responsibility Although at school we began to raise awareness about the use of water, at the same time we spread the need to separate waste and in fact we do it. I think that as a society we have advanced but there is still a lot to do. As a student I would like to infect all my companions of this enthusiasm for caring for the planet”.
promise to do
The Environmental Care Promise is an act that has been added to the Environmental Clubs in order to strengthen that responsibility. “It is one of the most emotional events, it establishes a commitment to the entire community to acquire skills and attitudes that are positive towards the environment, a life commitment. In each environmental club, that is, in each school, they decide in which date to do so, the most chosen being World Environment Day in June, although the Environmental Education Directorate does other events in different parts of the province where the promise is made to various clubs together”, explains Susana Carrizo in charge of this address.
The promise aims to protect nature, ecosystems and all forms of life on the world and the common goods of the earth, promoting practices of habits and behaviors that allow transforming society to achieve sustainable development and improvement of the quality of life. life of the present and future inhabitants of the planet.
Although it all began in 1992 when education was given the role of an instrument for sustainable development, through educational action plans and programs aimed at developing knowledge, attitudes and environmental awareness in society, it was in 2006 when the Environmental clubs were created.
These school organizations constitute a space for the participation of the members of the educational community with some of the following objectives:
* Assume a social commitment to the revaluation of natural resources, environmental quality and life.
* Develop attitudes and skills for the protection of the environment in the school community.
* Establish a space for discussion and construction of environmental knowledge according to the profile of the establishment and the environmental club.
* Make the student and the members of the school community aware of environmental problems, articulating efforts with the different institutions of the community.