More than 240 primary school students participate in school workshops that seek to raise awareness among the young about various environmental problems on the island of Ibiza
Ibiza, 14/12/2022 – Since the start of the school year, the “Conciencia Plástica” campaign has been running a series of ‘Responsible Youth’ workshops together with IbizaPreservation, with the objective of raising awareness among students of the island about the problem of plastic and to encourage waste reduction. The workshops held in Ibiza Town received a subsidy from the Balearic Regional Government’s Environment Department, while the other municipalities were supported by a grant from the Six Senses Ibiza 2022 Sustainability Fund.
A total of 240 students from ten sixth grade classes participated in the workshops, which used innovative techniques to encourage the participants to provide their own creative solutions to the different environmental problems studied. To this end, the pupils were asked to create a video to enter into a competition. The classes of 6B from Sa Bodega, 6A from Sa Graduada, and 6B from La Consolación were the respective winners of the three categories ‘Plastic pollution on land’, ‘Plastic pollution at sea’ and ‘Changing habits to reduce plastic pollution’.
This Wednesday, the students in each winning class collected their trophies, made from recycled plastic by the circular economy company Plústic Lab, at a ceremony at Ibiza Town Hall’s creative youth centre, C19. The prizes were presented by Agnès Torres, the biologist who created the workshops, and Inma Saranova, director of IbizaPreservation. The ceremony was also attended by the General Director of Waste and Environmental Education at the Balearic Environment Department, Sebastià Sansó, who congratulated the winning students and thanked all the schools that participated in the programme.
Agnès Torres of “Conciencia Plástica” described the workshops as an unmitigated success and praised the content submitted by the students: “We could only choose one video in each category and we chose those that we considered best represented the values of the ‘Responsible Youth’ project, but it was a very difficult decision because all the videos created by the students from the different schools had some great ideas and demonstrated everything they learned during the activity, so we want to thank all the students and teachers for their participation and commitment to the environment.”
Inma Saranova, director of IbizaPreservation, echoed Torres’ comments and took the opportunity to highlight the importance of continuing to work with the youngest members of society to promote a more circular economy ,in line with the objectives of Plastic Free Ibiza and Formentera (a movement of a dozen local entities supported by IbizaPreservation) to promote the reduction and elimination of single-use plastics.
The organisers announced that they would soon be sharing a video about the workshops, as well as the the winning videos from the competition, on the social networks of “Conciencia Plástica” and IbizaPreservation, in order to help inspire all children living in Ibiza and Formentera to do their bit to solve a problem that affects us all.